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Published 8-04-10


Mary, Queen of Scots, Buddha, Book of 1 Corinthians, Henry David Thoreau, Bob Marley


Dear Readers,

A most complete and stirring prayer (and one of my favorites), was penned
by Mary, Queen of Scots, who was beheaded in 1587 at the order of Queen
Elizabeth I of England. Her plea to the Lord is grounded in her desire for
daily goodness. She longs for an open, peaceful heart; one that loves and is
always kind. Her prayer seems unconsciously to mirror St. Paul's words to
the Corinthians, in that famous passage on love so ubiquitous at weddings.
I love how specific Mary is in her prayer.
She carefully writes a beautiful
circle encompassing exactly how she wants to live. Perhaps she did, or
did not live up to it. But she left behind for us a yearning yet clear
roadmap of how to be "large in thought, word and deed."

- Lisa

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Young Mary, queen of Scots
Mary Stuart at 13 years of age, 1555
by François Clouet

Keep me, O God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, word and deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each other face
to face without self-pity and without prejudice.

May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous.
Let us take time for all things.
Make us grow calm, serene, gentle.

Teach us to put into action our better impulses
and make us straightforward and unafraid.

Grant that we may realize that it is the little things in life
that create differences; that in the big things we are all one.

And, O Lord God,
Let us not forget to be kind.

Mary, Queen of Scots; born Mary Stuart (1542-1587)
Scottish Queen Regnant


We are what we think. All that we are arises
with our thoughts. With our thoughts,
we make the world.

Buddha (circa 5th century BC)
Ancient spiritual teacher

Mary, Queen of Scots
A mature Mary, Queen of Scots

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice
in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all
things, endures all things. Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
The Holy Bible
New King James version


As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and
over again the kind of thoughts we wish to
dominate our lives.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1872)
American author, poet, philosopher, Transcendentalist

The Last Word:

Life is one big road with lots of signs.
So when you riding through the ruts,
don't complicate your mind. Flee
from hate, mischief and jealousy.
Don't bury your thoughts,
put your vision to reality.
Wake Up and Live!

Bob Marley (1945-1981)
Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The man who views the world at 50 the same
as he did at 20, has wasted 30 years of his life.

Muhammad Ali   (1942 -   )
Three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion


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