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Murray Bodo, Book of 1 Peter, Thich Nhat Hanh, G. K. Chesterton, Book of James


Dear Readers,

Today's opening quote was a real "Aha!" recently for me. I read it just a
couple of ticks away from midnight the other night and my brain about
exploded with its clarification. Humility is often misunderstood as an
attitude of "I am a worm." But as Bodo beautifully explains, humility is
birthed inside the deeply rooted conviction that one is loved by God.
When we are secure, certain that we are lovable and loved by Him, we
are able to put others before ourselves with constancy and humility.
And once again, we are reminded that because God is Love,
everything else grows out of that Love...out of Him.

- Lisa

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When we finally come to love ourselves, something happens
inside us that makes humility possible. I cannot humble myself
if I think myself worthless or unworthy of love. It is only when I
recognize that I am worthy and lovable that I can even think of
humbling myself. If we try to humble ourselves before we love
ourselves, we only sink more deeply into depression and low
self-esteem. What most of us need is to know we are loved,
to know we are worthwhile. And that is precisely what
God wants to do for us.

Excerpted from "song of the sparrow,"
by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008


Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's
mighty hand, that he may lift you up in
due time. Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7
The Holy Bible
New International Version

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"May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy
and happiness in myself" is an important practice...

When our practice has become solid and we are able
to understand, love and care for ourselves, at least
to some extent, we can make others the object
of our love meditation...

Excerpted from "Teaching on Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007


It is always the secure who are humble.

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
English writer

The Last Word:

Humble yourselves in the sight
of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.

James 4:10
The Holy Bible
American Standard Version

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

A man wrapped up in himself
makes a very small bundle.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
A Founding Father of the United States of America


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