God of heaven and earth, you promise to make your blessings known as far as the curse is found. We pray for that, and we live for that. In our vocations and occupations, give us the wisdom and grace and skill to keep on keeping on, that the work of our hands will be integral to that blessing in the worlds of business and banking, politics and the arts, education and the law, health care and international development, at home and all over the world– as far as the curse is found. Amen and amen.
"…What is the grand malady of nations? The answer is short. Selfishness…It is important to notice how much Christianity in every way is set in direct hostility to selfishness. Consequently, the public welfare must be inseparable from her prevalence.
One may almost say that the main object and chief concern of real Christianity is to root out our natural selfishness and to correct the false standard it would impose upon us. Christianity seeks to bring us to a just estimate of ourselves, and of all around us…Benevolence-enlarged, vigorous, operative benevolence is her master principle…"
Member of Parliament, 18th-century