TODAY'S THEME: Sin and the Pure Heart
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Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy
road. A heavy rain was falling. Coming around the bend,
they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable
to cross the intersection.

"Come on, girl," said the first monk. Lifting her in
his arms, he carried her over the mud.

The second monk did not speak again until that night
when he no longer could restrain himself.
"We monks don't go near females," he said.
"It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"

"I left the girl there," the first monk said.
"Are you still carrying her?"

A Zen story from "The Little Zen Companion,"
by David Schiller
Workman Publishing, 1994


Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.

Matthew 5: 8


"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall
see God." "Heart" stands for the innermost
sanctuary of our being, the Temple of God
within us...It is only as our hearts, our inward
thoughts, are pure, unadulterated and simple,
that we can perceive the same purity, the same
perfection, in that which appears to be
external to our consciousness.

The Spirit is not only pure in heart, It is the purity
of heart. It is the purity which exists at the center
of things. This suggests a process of purification,
a purgatorial cleansing of consciousness through
the alchemy of Spirit ... We must take time to prac-
tice the Divine Presence, to purify our consciousness
through the purging of everything that denies the
fundamental peace and harmony.

...The pure alone can behold the pure.
The pure in heart alone can see God.

Excerpted from "Words that Heal Today,"
by Ernest Holmes (1887-1960)
Founder of Religious Science
Dodd, Mead and Company, 1949

Love justice, you who judge the earth,
think of the Lord in goodness,
and seek him in integrity of heart;

For perverse counsels separate a man
from God, and his power, put to the
proof, rebukes the foolhardy;
Because into a soul that plots evil
wisdom enters not, nor dwells she
in a body under debt of sin.

Wisdom 1: 1, 3-4
New American Bible


...Torah agrees that sin is a harmful deed. It also agrees
that it's a disruption of the flow of life from Creator to
creation ... Sin, says Torah, is an act of folly. The soul
loses its head, and in a moment of irrationality and
cognitive confusion does something that is contrary
to its own true desire. So sin can be transcended, when
the soul recognizes and acknowledges the folly of its
transgressions and reasserts its true will. Then the true
self of the soul comes to light, revealing that the sin
was in fact committed only by the soul's most
external, malleable self, while its inner self
was never involved in the first place.

Excerpted from "What is Sin?"
by Yanki Tauber
Courtesy of


Just as healthy food nourishes the body
and poison harms it, goodness is essential
for the soul's health and evil hurts it.

So G-d's instructions -- which are manifest
in our innate sense of right and wrong --
are not merely a suggestion or even a command
regarding how we should conduct our lives.
Rather, it is a case of G-d, the creator and
architect of life, providing an instruction
manual that details how to treat our body
and soul so they function at their best.

...(If a person) does succumb to temptation,
he always has within him the power to
repent, to release the positive spark
from within the darkness of sin while
destroying the evil of the sin itself.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

And He'll open the door.

And He'll make you shine like the sun.

And He'll raise you to the heavens.

Become nothing,
And He'll turn you into everything!

Muslim poet and theologian


O pure heart, how blessed you are! You find God
in the strength of your own faith, see him in all
things, at all times, in and around you. You are
his subject and his instrument. He guides and
brings you to your destination. Often you do not
think; but he is thinking in you. Whatever happens
to you is ordained by him. All he asks is your
willingness...What greater bliss to possess
God and be in turn possessed by him!
What enchantment, what delight,
to rest there in his arms...

From "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
translated by Kitty Muggeridge
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966

And now, the Last Word:

What you do may stun you, but not God.
With perfect knowledge of your
imperfect life, God signed on.

Max Lucado  (1955-  )
Best-selling Christian author and minister






























































Bonus quote:

One may be humble out of pride.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
One of the most influential writers
of the French Renaissance



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