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And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman
taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
they said unto him, "Master, this woman was taken in
adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded
us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to
accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger
wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself,
and said unto them, "He that is without sin among you,
let him first cast a stone at her." And again he stooped
down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard
it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one
by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus
was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When
Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman,
he said unto her. "Woman, where are those thine accusers?"
Hath no man condemned thee?" She said, "No man, Lord."
And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee:
go, and sin no more."
John 8: 3-11
The Holy Bible, King James Version
When the load of my past failures
were too heavy for my back,
I gathered each mistake I made
and put them in a sack.
And dragging it to heaven's throne
and to the Master's feet,
I threw my burdens down at last
and found a sweet release.
Kathleen M. Prado
Excerpted from "Angels Wings and Secret Things"
"There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus."
Photo by Stephen Bowman
Without suffering you cannot grow. Without suffering,
you cannot get the peace and joy you deserve. Please
don't run away from your suffering. Embrace it and
cherish it. Go to the Buddha, sit with him, and show
him your pain. He will look at you with loving-kindness,
compassion, and mindfulness, and show you ways to
embrace your suffering and look deeply into it. With
understanding and compassion, you will be able to heal
the wounds in your heart, and the wounds in the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
From "Essential Writings"
Orbis Books, 2004
When a person realizes that a particular action,
or a certain line of conduct, or perhaps the whole
direction of his life, has been wrong, and honestly
resolves to change his conduct, he has repented.
The Bible makes true repentance an essential
condition for any spiritual progress, and for the
forgiveness of sin. Jesus said, "Except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)
Repentance does not mean grieving for past
mistakes, because this is dwelling in the past,
and our duty is dwell in the present and make
this moment right. Worrying over past mistakes
is remorse, and remorse is a sin, for it is a refusal
to accept God's forgiveness.
Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Irish spiritual leader, instrumental in the
founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
From "Around the Year With Emmet Fox"
Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could. Some
blunders and absurdities no doubt crept
in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well
and serenely and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American poet and Transcendentalist
And now the Last Word:
To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not
to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of
making mistakes wakefully, to bring them
to the transformative power of our heart.
Jack Kornfield (1945- )
American author, lecturer and Buddhist monk
My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.
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-Love so full