commit oneself to


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When she did not understand, it was sweeter still to think that the wish to understand everything is pride, that it is impossible to understand all, that it is only necessary to believe and to commit oneself to God, whom she felt guiding her soul at those moments.
Making art, making poetry, by definition is an activity that requires that one commit oneself to discovery, to leaving the shore behind as Faulkner put it.
Over the years, I have come to appreciate the fact that to lead a 'sweat-less-life,' one would need to daily commit oneself to one's talent.
Trappist monk Thomas Merton recognized the detrimental effects of our chronic busyness, writing that "to allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence."
Hans Kung, S.J., posits that people must have something to live on, to live for, and to die for-a process leading to the Ignatian freedom to dedicate and commit oneself to God's mission, simply, to what God wants us to do.
To remember Hiroshima is to commit oneself to peace."
Pope John Paul has categorically exhorted that solidarity is "not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people..." On the contrary, "it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good...
Few dissented but who could possibly commit oneself to the hashtag -- "Je suis un terroriste" (I am a terrorist)?
It can be truly attained and enjoyed, as the highest quality of life and a more human and sustainable development, only if all are guided by solidarity as "a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good." This means not being guided by a "desire for profit" or a "thirst for power." What is needed is the willingness to "lose ourselves" for the sake of others rather than exploiting them, and to "serve them" instead of oppressing them for our own advantage.
"Being modern means to commit oneself to the planet and be holistic in one's approach," Chatterjee said.
Jollimore writes: 'Indeed, the decision to commit oneself to a given value is, in essence, the decision to treat it as important.
For Nikola Madzirov, to separate from one's self, to be alone--in order to commit oneself to air, fire, stars, and angels--means the return home, to earth, to those ancient habitats that preserve the remnants of bygone ages.