O God, who hast made all things beautiful: give me a love of Thy countryside, its lanes and meadows, its woods and streams, and clean open spaces, and let me keep it fresh and unspoilt for those who shall come after me. Amen.
(English School Prayer Book)
28 March 2016
The great duty of the religious soul is to suffer in silence. Too many men think they can become holy by talking about their trials. The awful fuss we sometimes make over the little unavoidable tribulations of life robs them of the fruitfulness. It turns them into occasions for self-pity or self-display, and consequently makes them useless.
(Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p. 92)
26 March 2016
The fundamental purpose of prayer, including the prayer of petition, is not to get something from God, or to change God, but to change ourselves. When we have changed, God can give us everything we want, because our will will be one with his, and we will want only what he wants.
(Father Thomas Keating, Heart of the World, p. 63)
22 March 2016
Lord, grant that we may hear your voice when you call and not be distracted by the world around us. Keep us grounded in your word and help us to do all in Your name. Amen.
(Moravian Daily Texts - 2013, 14 March)
16 March 2016
Holy Spirit, remind us that our ancestral home was a garden, and that nature is where we'll find healing, beauty and refreshment.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 26 August)
12 March 2016
When we listen and allow it to, Spirit guides us; when we fail to listen ─ or allow our ego to get in the way and run the show ─ we're going to be uninspired. It's that simple.
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Inspiration, p. 7)
8 March 2016
Eating to excess is not considered to be a sin my many, because it produces no noticeable harm. But there are sins which destroy human dignity, and eating to excess is one such sin.
(Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, 4 March)
7 March 2016
Living in the love of God, living in the gracious acceptance and approval of God, will liberate you from the “approval addiction” ─ living in bondage to what other people think about you. When you are addicted, no matter how much of your drug of choice you get, you never get enough. You've got to have more and more and more fixes, and like other junkies, you go crazy when this drug ─ the approval of others ─ is withheld. When you are an approval addict, you are always vulnerable to other people's opinions about you, and your life becomes an emotional rollercoaster.
The greatest sign of a spiritually mature human being is not a head crammed with knowledge ─ although that's not necessarily a bad thing ─ but the greatest sign of a spiritually mature human being is a heart that desperately loves people, desperately loves Jesus, and desperately wants to bring them together.
(John Ortberg, Now What? p. 140)
1 March 2016
Pure prayer only takes possession of our hearts for good when we no longer desire any special light or grace or consolation for ourselves, and pray without any thought of our own satisfaction.
(Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p. 50)
28 February 2016
The quality of prayer rather than its quantity is what matters. A single moment of divine union is more valuable than a long period of prayer during which you are constantly in and out of interior silence. It only take a moment for God to enrich you.
(Thomas Keating, Open Mind Open Heart, p. 57)
26 February 2016
Study to be patient in bearing the defects of others, because you also have many things which others must bear. We want others strictly corrected, and are not willing to be corrected ourselves. But God has so ordered it, that we may learn to bear one another's burdens, for there is no man without defect, no man sufficient for himself. We must support, comfort, help, instruct, and admonish one another. The amount of each man's virtue better appears on occasion of adversity: for the occasions do not make a man frail - they reveal what he is!
Oftentimes to we do not perceive our own inward blindness, how great it is. We often do evil, and excuse it worse. We are sometimes moved with passion and we think it to be zeal. We reprehend small things in others, and pass over great matters in ourselves. We quickly enough feel and weigh what we suffer at the hands of others; but we mind not what others suffer from us. He that well and rightly considerth his own works will find little cause to judge harshly of another.
Dear God, I am so weary of the bickering in our nation.
It disturbs me to see people attempting to remove You from schools, courtrooms, and
anywhere else they think of.
They distort history and deny that this nation was founded with You as her leader.
Heal us, Lord.
Help us return to You!
(Rachel Quillin, Everyday Prayers, p. 137)
23 February 2016
Pray for people.
Talk to God about people.
And when you get a leading
to call somebody,
to write somebody a note,
to encourage somebody,
to wrap your arms around somebody,
don't blow it off.
This is your chance to love the people who mean so much to God.
Remember how short life is and what really matters. It's all about love.
(John Ortberg, Now What?, p. 127)
22 February 2016
The spiritual force that moves this world often slips from our attention. It is not found in books, newspapers, the law, or scholarly journals. Invisible, it is always free. It can be found in your thoughts, and is the force of your spirit.
20 February 2016
God is eternal, all-embracing, and exists across space and time, God is all there is. There is no other God than this God. All exists in Him. All life, when it appears, does not come from nothing, but rather, from God. And when death takes us, it does not take us to nothing, it takes us back to God.
19 February 2016
The primary goal of human life is to be united with the spirit of God. Words are one of the tools that aid us in our goal. Be careful not to misuse words, and respect all kinds of words ─ your own, and others' judgments, written, printed, and spoken. Beware of the words that separate, and use those that unite.
18 February 2016
What is prayer? It is appealing to the higher state of your spirit and trying to remind yourself that you are a spiritual being. When you talk to another person, it is a mystery, as if you are talking to God. I try to remember this every time I talk to people.
17 February 2016
Lord, direct our president's heart toward You. Give our president spiritual wisdom and understanding to lead this nation according to Your precepts and into all truth. May the president be filled to overflowing with Your depth of insight into all situations. Surround the president with Godly advisors. Inscribe on their hearts the knowledge of Your will so that they may know You better. Thank You. Amen.
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