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Emmet Fox, Book of Psalms, Abraham Heschel, John Haughey


Dear Readers,

How we belittle God when we believe it's more important to pray for others than
for ourselves! As if everyone else needs His aid and love, but not us, because
apparently we're already self-sufficient. And yet I regularly have conversations
with people who sincerely aver, "Oh, I try to focus on praying for others." It's a
sweet but misguided effort to put others first. But because we are not God, it is
simply impossible to pray with power for anyone else until we first relinquish
our sense of self will through one-on-one communion with our King. It's akin
to that "put on your own oxygen mask first and then assist others,"
concept they talk about on airplanes.

In the same vein is the person who refuses to pray about the "small" things -
as if we're qualified to judge in which parts of our lives God wants to be involved.
Truth be told, God wants us to ask His blessing upon every single aspect of our
lives. Invite Him into your heart and allow Him to rule everything throughout
 your day, from finding the car keys to healing your heart.

- Lisa

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Is it selfish to pray for yourself? Some people think that it is,
and say that you should pray only for others, but this,
of course, is a foolish idea.

You must pray for yourself constantly. How could it be other-
wise? We worship God by believing in Him, trusting Him,
and loving Him wholeheartedly--and we can attain to that
only through prayer. The sole object of our being here
is that we may grow like him--and we can do that
only through prayer.

The more we pray for ourselves the more power will
our prayers have for any other purpose whatever;
so praying for ourselves is the reverse of self-
ishness--it is truly glorifying God.

Excerpted from "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1952


Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and oppressed.
Preserve my life, for I am loyal;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; pity me, Lord;
to you I call all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant;
to you, Lord, I lift up my soul.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving,
most loving to all who call on you.

Psalm 86:1-5
New American Bible

door in Assisi, Italy
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Prayer is an invitation to God to intervene in our lives, to let
His will prevail in our affairs; it is the opening of a window to
Him in our will, an effort to make Him the Lord of our soul.
We submit our interests to His concern, and seek
to be allied with what is ultimately right.

Excerpted from "Between God and Man,"
by Abraham J. Heschel
Free Press Paperbacks, 1997


The more of God we know, the greater becomes our
capacity for God. We are capax infiniti, born with
a limitless capacity for the limitless God. So,
the closer we are drawn into the holiness of
God, the greater is our capacity for God.

Excerpted from "Housing Heaven's Fire,"
by John C. Haughey, S. J.
Loyola Press, 2002

The Last Word:

Father, thank You for Your promise to guide me
in all things great and small. Your eye is always
on me, keeping me from error and ensuring that
I can always find a way home to You. Amen.

From "Whispers of Encouragement,"
Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2009

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one
lies forever in debt to those who are kind.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Roman emperor


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