Inspirational Quotes for Your Day

TODAY'S THEME: Loving and Forgiving
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This poem was written on November 22, 1943, after the Germans
bombed the Coventry cathedral in England. Today the original
is housed in the ruins of the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial
Church
in Berlin, Germany.

The hatred which separates race from race,
nation from nation, class from class---
Father forgive.
The covetous striving of person and peoples
to possess what is not their own---
Father forgive.
The greed for possessions which exploits
the labor of people and destroys the earth---
Father forgive.
Our envy of the prosperity of others---
Father forgive.
Our lack of sympathy for the distress of
the homeless and refugees---
Father forgive.
Our desire to misuse the bodies of men and women
for immoral purposes---
Father forgive.
Our pride, which misleads us to place confidence
in ourselves, and not in God---
Father forgive.


AUTHOR UNKNOWN


SOURCE: "BLESS THIS DAY,"
BY JUNE COTNER
KODANSHA INTERNATIONAL, 1998


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Love is an act of forgiving in which evil is
converted to good and destruction into creation.


HENRI J. M. NOUWEN (1932-1996)
DUTCH PRIEST AND AUTHOR




All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must
be removed from you, along with all malice. (And) be
kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one
another as God has forgiven you in Christ.


EPHESIANS 4: 31-32
NEW AMERICAN BIBLE

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While I know myself as a creation
of God, I am also obligated to realize
and remember that everyone else and
everything else are also God's creation.


MAYA ANGELOU (1928-  )
AMERICAN POET,MEMOIRIST,ACTRESS


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The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.


MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948)
A MAJOR POLITICAL AND
SPIRITUAL LEADER OF INDIA



If we look into our anger, we can see its roots,
such as misunderstanding (or ignorance),
clumsiness (or lack of skill), the surrounding
society, hidden resentment, habit (or our
conditioning). These roots can be present
both in ourselves and in the person who played
the principal role in allowing the anger to rise...
Seeing and understanding are the elements of
liberation which allow us to be free of the suffering
which always accompanies anger. Seeing and
understanding bring about love and compassion...


EXCERPTED FROM "THICH NHAT HANH: ESSENTIAL WRITINGS"
ORBIS BOOKS, 2004



 
And now, the Last Word:

Should a man nourish anger against his
fellows and expect healing from the Lord?

Should a man refuse mercy to his fellows,
yet seek pardon for his own sins?


SIRACH 28: 3-4
NEW AMERICAN BIBLE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Quote:
You must concentrate upon and consecrate
yourself wholly to each day, as though
a fire were raging in your hair.

TAISEN DESHIMARU (1914-1982)
JAPANESE ZEN BUDDHIST TEACHER

 

 







See also:

ANGER IS
A
VICIOUS
CIRCLE




Have a
blessed
day!