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Unknown Confederate soldier, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, St. Catherine of Siena


Dear Readers,

I remember a couple of years ago, praying as hard as I could
that we wouldn't have to put down our sweet dog, Tex. I didn't
get the answer I'd hoped for and it really hurt. It made me
wrestle with accepting the way our prayers are sometimes
answered. There are reasons, even though we may not be
able to discern them: His deeper, fuller reasons. If we can
hang in there, they will enable our growth and wisdom.

- Lisa

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I asked for strength
that I might achieve;
I was made weak
that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health
that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity
that I might do better things.

I asked for riches
that I might be happy;
I was given poverty
that I might be wise.

I asked for power
that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness
that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things
that I might enjoy life;
I was given life
that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I had asked for,
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken
prayers were answered;
I am among all men,
most richly blessed.

Written by an unknown Confederate soldier


Once while I was in the middle of my prayers,
my little daughter tried to talk to me, and
when I failed to respond, she was very angry
with me, and she said, "Why don't you
speak to me?"

Later on, I answered her by saying,
"I was busy. I was speaking with God."

She then replied, with great understanding,
that she hadn't noticed that God
was answering me.

Her comment was very deep. In any event, a
four- or five-year old girl was prepared to
accept the notion that I speak with God when
I pray, but she wanted this to be a two-way
conversation and not just a speech on my part.

Every prayer boils down, in the final analysis,
to a a very basic point, which are the words,
"Blessed art Thou," especially the "Thou."
That is, I feel the presence of the
"Thou" before me.

From "Pebbles of Wisdom,
from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz"
Collected by Arthur Kurzweil
Jossey-Bass, 2009

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O Tender Father,
you gave me more, much more
than I ever thought to ask for.

I realize that our human desires
can never really match
what you long to give us.

Thanks, and again thanks, O Father,
for having granted my petitions,
and that which I never
realized I needed
or petitioned.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the (Catholic) church

The Last Word:

God always answers our prayers
with one of three replies:

"Not now."
"I have a better idea."

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Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

No fist is big enough to hide the sky.

African proverb quoted by President George W. Bush
in a speech given at Goree Island, 2003


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