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“…for all her professed secularism, my mother was in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I’ve ever known…Most of all, she possessed an abiding sense of wonder, a reverence for life and its precious, transitory nature that could properly be described as devotional…it was in confirmation of her values that I studied political philosophy, looking for both a language and systems of action that could help build community and make justice real.  And it was in search of some practical application of those values that I accepted work after college as a community organizer for a group of churches in Chicago that were trying to cope with joblessness, drugs, and hopelessness in their midst…” — Barack Obama, in The Audacity of Hope (emphasis ours)

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