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Friday Lunch Shared: Cultivating the Virtues, Berkeley USA, October 2012

Conversation lingering as a plate is prepared to be shared with a friend who could not attend, who had to work, and who suffered a rough day… the power of food, to heal, to point, to give pause to remember, to honor, to bring together, to transcend the suffering banality of our liquid life.

“Too easily we associate sin with weaken, but in the Gospels sin occurs precisely where one is strong. The rich man could have shared his riches, the priest and the Levite could have taken care of the wounded man, the ‘goats’ could have responded to the neighbor in need.” – James F. Keenan, S.J., theologian

“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” – Richard Wright

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi