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St. Francis Preaching to the Birds (1295-1300)
Attributed to Giotto di Bondone
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Friar who founded the Order of Friars Minor;
Patron saint of animals, birds and environment
The more we feel the necessity of simplicity, sincerity
and purity, the more we become perfect instruments -
not only of the nations we represent, but also of the
Almighty, whom we represent here on earth. Let us
become simple. Let us become sincere. Let us become
pure. If we can become simple, sincere and pure, then
not only will the dreams that we treasure for our own
countries soon be fulfilled, but also all the dreams that
the Almighty has for His own Manifestation will
be manifested in and through us.
...Simplicity, sincerity, purity: right now they are our
most faithful, devoted instruments...
Sri Chinmoy (1931- )
Indian philosopher and guru
From a speech given at the Chapel of the Church
Center for the United Nations, July 22, 1976
Overlooking Assisi, Umbria, Italy
In the garden of the soul,
plant the seed of the Word
(the Lord's Name). Water the
soil with love and humility
and reap the fruits of divinity.
From Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptures
Let us work for people and the world and serve as
representatives of the kami (deities) to make
society firm and sound.
- The general principles of Shinto life
When we become truly established in other-centeredness,
where we put the well-being of the community above our
own self-interest, then we somehow also speak and act for
the Divine. We are being and acting as ambassadors for the
kami, as the Japanese Shinto tradition puts it. To so speak,
act, and be actually defines the prophet in any tradition, the
one who speaks and acts for God, the one who has been
appointed by God to carry on this mission in the world. The
prophet - the sage, saint, or mystic - never speaks or acts from
self-interest, but from surrender to the Divine Will.
Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
New World Library, 2004
My religion is kindness.
The Dalai Lama
Our generation is so hungry for
meaning and direction, for spiritual
nourishment, that each of us must serve
as a leader. Whatever you have learned,
whatever you have been touched by, you
must share it with others. You cannot
waste time wondering if you are truly
equipped to help your fellow man...
One leader creates another and another,
ad infinitum, just as one candle's flame
lights another and another, until the
once-impenetrable darkness has
turned to brilliant light.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel
Schneerson," by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
And now, the Last Word:
I am because we are,
and because we are, I am.
African proverb celebrating our
dependence upon each other
Most of us can be kind under certain circumstances -
at the right time, with the right people, in a certain
place. Otherwise we simply stay away. We avoid
someone, change jobs, leave home; if we have to,
we move to southern California.
Eknath Easaran (1910-1999)
Author, translator of the Bhagavad Gita