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TODAY'S THEME: The Beatitudes       
                                   (part one)


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--Traditional Sufi saying.
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And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain:
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he
opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are
the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
--Matthew 5:1-5
The Holy Bible, King James Version
God help us to live slowly:
To move simply:
To look softly:
To allow emptiness:
To let the heart create for us.
Amen.
--Michael Leunig (1945-  )
A noted Australian cartoonist, Leunig is best-known for his series,
'Curly Flats' and 'The Adventures of Vasco Pajamas.'
Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark, whose writings are on our Forum page and in the Archives, is one of four
experts who discuss the Middle East in a round table "debate" that was featured in the Orange County
Register. You can read the article at:

...(Our) Lord says so remarkably: "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
Poor is he who has nothing. "Poor in spirit" means: as the eye is  
poor and devoid of color but receptive of all colors, so he who is poor
in spirit is receptive of all spirit. Now God is the Spirit of spirits. The
fruit of the spirit is love, joy, and peace. To be stripped, poor, to have
nothing, to be empty -- this transforms nature; the void causes water
to climb mountains and performs many other marvels of which we
would not now speak.

If therefore, you want to have and find full joy and consolation in
God, see to it that you are stripped of all creatures, of all consolation
from creatures...If you are consoled by what is not God, you will have
comfort neither here nor there...
--Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
Eckhart, who was well-known in his lifetime, was a German Dominican priest.
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Make me pure, Lord:
Thou art holy:
Make me meek, Lord:
Thou wert lowly.
--Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884-1889)
British Victorian poet and Jesuit priest.


               Wa-kon'da, here needy he stands, and I am he.

                     
--Omaha tribal prayer
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the
weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
--George Washington Carver (1860-1943)
African American botanist and inventor, credited with creating many uses for the humble peanut.
And now, the Last Word:
I entreat Thee, O Thou Who art
the Ruler of rulers, and the Uplifter
of the downtrodden, to aid them
so to assist Thy Cause and exalt
Thy word that through them Thy
praise may be shed abroad amidst
Thy creatures, and Thy virtues
recounted throughout Thy realm.
Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the
Most Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving,
the Most Generous.
--from prayers and meditations by Baha'a'llah
(Baha'i)