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Published 8-29-11    The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Bede Griffiths, Book of Ezekiel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Teasdale, Native American prayer


Dear Readers,

The energy of Spirit is a circle. Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is Love
recognizing itself in Love; beauty seeing Beauty; Life both giving
and experiencing Life; the Lord delighting in us delighting in Him.

The holiness of Spirit replaces our "stony heart" with
a warm "heart of flesh," a heart full of Love and Life.

- Lisa

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I look at the flowers which are growing in the (ashram) garden
outside my window -- golden-orange marigolds and crimson
Christmas roses. They come up out of the darkness of the
earth, which is itself the shadow of the divine darkness, the
abyss from which everything comes. They come out of this
darkness into the light of the Word, radiant with its brightness,
reflecting its glory. The impulse which quickens them in the earth
and makes them thrust into the light is the movement of the Spirit,
the divine Shakti (divine power), immanent in the earth. They come
into my consciousness as the light touches the nerves of my eye
and an image is formed in my mind. It is the same light of the Word
which shines in them and in my consciousness. I see them in the
light of the Word. And the same Spirit which stirs in them stirs in me,
awakening feelings of joy and delight in their beauty. They are in
me and I am in them, and both of us are in the Word and in the
Spirit. This is a theophany. The Father speaks his Word and these
flowers spring into being. He speaks again, and my consciousness
awakens to delight in their beauty. He sends forth Spirit and they
are created. The same Spirit moves the flowers to spring and
me to contemplate them: both in them and in me it is
the one Lord who rejoices in his works.

Bede Griffiths (1906-1993)
British Benedictine monk who lived in ashrams in India
From "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004


A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit
will I put within you; and I will take away the
stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you
a heart of flesh.

And I will put My Spirit within you and cause
you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall
keep my judgments and do them.

Ezekiel 36:26-27
21st Century King James Version

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We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example,
knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and
a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned
shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth
much at all.* We should bow deeply before the orchid and
the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch
butterfly and the magnolia tree. The feeling of respect for all
species will help us recognize the noblest nature in ourselves.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 -    )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
From "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2001

*Note from Lisa: Although we can't produce orchids,
we do produce some pretty beautiful human babies.
Each species has its function. Still, I get Hanh's point: it is
in the appreciation of each living thing's unique expression
of Spirit that we discover our own expression of Spirit's beauty.


It can...be said that God is within us, dwells in the depths of our
being or heart. What we discern here is a mutual in-dwelling:
we in God, and God in us. Recognizing this proximity is
what the spiritual life is all about.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004

The Last Word:

O Great Spirit of our souls, burning in our heart's yearning and in our innermost aspirations, speak to us now and always so that we may be aware of the greatness and goodness of Your gift of life and be worthy of this priceless privilege of living.

Native American prayer
(One of the Seven Sacred Prayers)
Courtesy of Indians.org


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor.
He takes my measure anew every time he sees me,
whilst all the rest go on with their old measurements,
and expect them to fit me.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Irish born playwright



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