TODAY'S THEME: Sensitive to Others  
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The mystic character expresses an almost infinite sensitivity
to all beings, human and otherwise. They are individuals of
grace who incarnate an exquisite sensitivity -- a state of being
completely awake to all the important opportunities that present
themselves to us every day. Sensitivity is also an attribute of
presence to others. It is the ability to be fully there for others,
without any agendas. This sensitive presence is able to
respond through deep listening -- really listening with
the heart to hear what is said and left unspoken.

This capacity for sensitivity is...a generous and magnanimity
of heart, a willingness to sacrifice for those in need, who suffer,
who need us in some essential way. Sensitivity puts others first;
it never considers self, but setting self aside, reaches out in a
healing, appropriate way to all those who need us...Sensitivity,
which is definitely a divine quality, is a form of selfless
affection that is free of sentimentality. It is love
transformed by divine union or enlightenment.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Heart,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to
you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Luke 6: 31-32
New American Standard Bible


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord
has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to pro-
claim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year
of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance to those
who mourn in Zion -- to give them a garland instead of
ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning.

Isaiah 61: 1-3
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version

One of the discoveries we make in prayer is that the
closer we come to God, the closer we come to all our
brothers and sisters in the human family. God is not
a private God...As we recognize God's presence in our
own hearts, we can also recognize that presence in
the hearts of others, because God who has chosen
us as a dwelling-place gives us the eyes to
see the God who dwells in others.

Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Ave Maria Press, 2005

And now, the Last Word:

If you want to others to be happy,
practice compassion.

If you want to be happy,
practice compassion.

Tenzin Gyatso (1935 -  )
14th Dalai Lama



























Bonus quote:
To be simple is not always as easy as it seems.

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918)
One of the best-known Swiss painters of the 19th century


On today's
Home Page:

Wayne Teasdale,
Book of Luke;
Book of Isaiah;
Henri Nouwen;
Dalai Lama