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Rev. George Matheson, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sri Chinmoy, St. Francis de Sales, Victor Hugo


Dear Readers,

When the groanings of our hearts drain the words of prayer from our heads,
we can rest in the reassurance that God interprets for us - turning our
inarticulate desires into deep and beautiful prayers for us!

- Lisa

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My Father, I have moments of deep unrest -- moments when I know not
what to ask by reason of the very excess of my wants. I have in these hours
no words for Thee, no conscious prayers for Thee. My cry seems purely
worldly; I want only the wings of a dove that I may flee away. Yet all the time
  Thou has accepted my unrest as a prayer. Thou has interpreted its cry for a
dove's wings as a cry for Thee, Thou has received the nameless longings of my
heart as the intercessions of Thy Spirit. They are not yet the intercessions of my
spirit; I know not what to ask. But Thou knowest what I ask, O my God. Thou
knowest the name of that need which lies beneath my speechless groan. Thou
knowest that, because I am made in Thine image, I can find rest only in what
gives rest to Thee; therefore Thou hast counted my unrest unto me for
righteousness, and has called my groaning Thy Spirit's prayer.

Rev. George Matheson (1842-1906)
Scottish theologian and preacher


Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.
And try to love the questions themselves.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
Austrian poet and art critic


Patience is our revealing and revealed faith
in God, the Supreme Pilot, and our revealed
and revealing faith in our own existence. Pa-
tience is our faith in our own discovery that
we are not only of God but also for God.

The human cry that climbs up from the inmost
recesses of our heart makes friends with patience
in order to see the smiling face of Heaven and the
Eternal Pilot. Again, the Eternal Pilot makes friends
with patience so that one day He can see here in hu-
manity's cry the perfect liberation, everlasting
salvation, complete illumination and total
transformation of humanity.

Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)
Indian spiritual teacher
From a speech at the Chapel of the
Church Center of the United Nations
July, 1975


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions,
do not try to break them, but bend them with
gentleness and time.

St. Francis de Sales
Bishop of Geneva

The Last Word:

Have courage for the great sorrows of life
and patience for the small ones. And when
you have finished your daily task, go to
sleep in peace. God is awake.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet, playwright, novelist































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against love.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sunni Islamic jurist


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