- ("In an addictive society, so much of our consumer goods consists in packaging. How you market and sell everything from alcohol, to lifestyle matters. Anything to get across the message that you just can’t do without this product. So window displays, relentless advertising, background soothing music, 'try and buy' offers abound...")
- ("It was a troubled man who came to see the local priest. His story was typical; one of a large family, born of hardworking parents who had performed an emotional and economic miracle to educate their family. The parents took pride in their childrens' achievements...")
- ("In some Egyptian Coptic Orthodox tradition, there is a custom of families coming to Divine worship with home-baked unleavened bread. Some of this is chosen for use in the Divine Liturgy, the remainder is brought home and let decay untouched- as it could have been the Body of Christ...")
- ("Author Neil Chethik was living a few blocks from his paternal grandfather whom he often visited. Then one day he got a phone call from a doctor who said: 'I'm sorry to tell you this but your grandfather has had a heart attack and he has expired.' After Chethik and his father sorted through the old man's belongings, Chethik was astounded when his father wept..." and other illustrations)
- ("During the Second World War, Jewish people fleeing Nazi persecution were able to find refuge in a village in the mountains of southwest France called Le Chambon. The story has become well known because this was an enterprise not just of single heroic households of or religious houses but of a whole rural community...")
- I once wished I could erase the image from my memory: my firstborn child, the boy I loved with all my heart, glaring at me as I turned to walk away and leave him in a juvenile treatment center. "I hate you!", he screamed, and his rage pierced me like a knife. "I never want to see you again!" How had things gone so terribly wrong? I agonized. And yet that image is now a reminder of how far my son has come - and of the love that helped him when his family's could not. Andy had always been a little mischievous, so his step-dad, Dan, and I didn't worry too much when teachers complained that he disrupted the class. "All he needs is a little discipline - and a lot of love," we told each other.
- ("a woman named Christa was a small girl in Germany immediately following World War II. Her family was destitute. Her only shoes were pieces of cardboard tied together with string. One day she was standing in the snow and the cardboard came apart. A U.S. Army truck happened to pass. One occupant asked the driver to stop...")