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Published 2-28-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Tzvi Freeman, Meister Eckhart, Brett & Penny Kays,
Yogi Bhajan, Wayne Teasdale, Matthew Kelty

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Dear Readers,

There is a special meaning to being human. We are given a mission not
even the angels share. Though we appear encased in flesh, our souls,
our minds and even our lowly flesh join to reach toward heaven
and gently pull it to earth. And the angels rejoice to watch.

- Lisa

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Why are you afraid? Why do you panic?
Your soul plunged downward to live in an earthly realm,
to enwrap herself in a body of flesh and blood, willingly and with purpose.

What emboldened her? What drew her to squeeze
into the straitjacket of time and space?
It was neither fear, nor dread, nor panic.

It was the knowledge that here below
is a beauty the highest of angels cannot touch.
Care for yourself, for your family, for your
fellow human beings and our lovely planet earth,
not out of fear, nor from distress,
but out of love and awe
for the beauty within
that we came to uncover.

Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org

 

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The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge. 


Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - c. 1327)
German theologian, philosopher and mystic

 

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A certain speaker started off his seminar by holding up
a $20 bill. "Who would like this $20 bill?" he asked.
Hands started going up throughout the audience.

He said, "I am going to give this $20 bill to one of you,
but first let me do this." He proceeded to crumple up the
bill. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" The same
hands went into the air.

..."What if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground and
started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked
it up, all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"
Again, hands went into the air.

"...No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it
because it did not decrease in value...Many times in our
lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt
by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come
our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter
what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose
your value in God's eyes. Dirty or clean, crumpled
or finely creased, you are priceless to Him."


Citation: Brett & Penny Kays, Brownstone, Michigan
From "Perfect Illustrations,"
Tyndale House, 2002

 

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When you act as an angel,
you are kind, compassionate,
helpful and true to your word.
-Yogi Bhajan


The Sikh spiritual leader Yogi Bhajan expresses
in a lyrical way a very basic truth about the
holiness of life. We are not angels, nor are we
"earning our wings," but we are capable in our
true nature of being angelic or God-like. When
we are like angels in our capacity to care, to love,
to be kind,and to be always available for others,
we are becoming a new humanity...

Allow your divine, angelic, Buddha-nature to express
itself in your life, being, attitudes, and actions...


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



The Last Word:

If God "loves the beautiful warmth of your heart's fire" — and He does —
the angels do, too.  Amen.

Fr. Matthew Kelty
American Trappist monk



 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 







































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive. 

David S. Muzzey
American author and historian

 


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