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Originally published 1-19-09
On Today's Theme:
Peace be with you.
Peace be in you.
Peaceful be your smile.
Peaceful be your touch.
Peaceful be your words.
Peace be in each beat of your heart.
Peace surround your world.
- Lisa Bowman
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Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the
God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:
for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke the strong nations afar
off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree;
and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord
of hosts hath spoken it.
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes
within the souls of people when they realize their relationship,
their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they
realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
Black Elk (1863-1950)
Holy man of the Oglala Lakota
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said:
"But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those
who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who
abuse you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other
side also; and from him who takes away your cloak do not
withhold your coat as well."
"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing
in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons
of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the
selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
Luke 6: 20, 27-29,
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes
the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly,
since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Dominican priest, philosopher, theologian
If you love peace, then hate injustice,
hate tyranny, hate greed, but hate
these things in yourself,
not in another.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Major political and spiritual leader of India
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and
happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
...and now, The Last Word:
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29: 11
The Holy Bible
New International Version
Not-So-Random Bonus Quote:
When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth,
all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well
going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe
this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to
live together like decent people?
Frank Borman (1928 - )
NASA astronaut, Commander of Apollo 8