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Published 8- 23-10
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M. Basil Pennington, Melody Beattie, Book of Sirach

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Dear Readers,

Most people consider a wise person's greatest gift as being peaceful.
Now, what makes him or her so peaceful? Freedom: freedom from
worry, freedom from fear, freedom from worldly cravings. So, let's
examine on today's site where wisdom originates and the earth-
shaking effect it has on our lives. Here's to being free in Truth.

- Lisa

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I remember the Zen story of a terrible outlaw who
was terrorizing villages. Whenever the people
heard he was coming, they fled and left all for him.
As he approached one village, everyone fled, except
one monk. When the outlaw heard that the monk had
remained in his monastery, he was outraged. He broke
down the gates of the monastery and confronted the
monk. "Do you know who I am? I am the one who can
kill you on the spot." The monk looked at him calmly
and replied, "Do you know who I am? I am the one
who can let you kill me on the spot."

Freedom!
Whatever decision I make about my future,
I want to make it freely -- free to let go
or free to go on...

From 'Engaging the World with Merton'
by M. Basil Pennington OCSO
Paraclete Press, 2005


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Learn to let yourself be guided into truth. We will
know what we need to know, when we need to know
that. We don't have to feel badly about taking our own
time to reach our insights. We don't have to force insight
or awareness before it's time ... The most growth-producing
concept we can develop for ourselves and others is to allow
ourselves to have our own process ... When we are ready,
when the time is right and when our Higher Power
is ready -- we will know what we need to know.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990




The Last Word:

The Lord himself created wisdom; he saw her and
apportioned her, he poured her out upon all his works.

She dwells with all flesh according to his gift,
and he supplied her to those who love him.

To fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
she is created with the faithful in the womb.

To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom,
and her branches are long life.


From the Book of Sirach:1
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 







































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Should we all confess our sins to one another we
would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese-born American poet, writer & artist

 




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