TODAY'S THEME: WHAT ENSLAVES YOU?
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(And Jesus opened his mouth and taught them, saying...)

" Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust consume and where thieves
break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures
in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and
where thieves do not break in and steal. For where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Matthew 6: 19
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

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God wishes to dwell in us in poverty without any of the
trappings for which we win so much praise. All he wishes
is to be the sole object and only enchantment of our hearts...

We can never achieve anything great except through
surrendering ourselves; therefore let us think no more
about it. Let us leave the care of our salvation to God.
He knows the way.


From "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
Compiled from the letters of Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco,1966

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There was a time when people did not have careers.
People did not live to acquire material wealth.

People worked to earn enough for their families
to eat that day, with a little extra saved for a
special occasion. Today we are slaves of the
houses, the cars and the gadgets
we must acquire.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Menachem Schneerson; words and condensation
by Tzvi Freeman. Courtesy of Chabad.org


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Separated and self-concerned, the self becomes blind,
self-preoccupied, prideful; worry-filled, grasping,
miserable; insensitive, angry, violent; somebody
great, or only okay, or "not much." In the dark we
are blind and don't see...Thus we need to be born
again. It is the road of return from our exile, the way
to recover our true self, the path to beginning to live
our lives from the inside out rather than from the
outside in, the exodus from our individual and
collective selfishness...It is the process or
internal redefinition of the self whereby
a real person is born within us.

Excerpted from "The Heart of Christianity,"
by Marcus M. Borg
HarperSanFrancisco, 1989






A lot of happiness comes from getting away or leaving
something behind...There are many things we are unable
to leave behind us, which trap us...

One day Buddha was sitting with a group of monks in
the woods near the city of Sravasti...Suddenly a farmer
came by. He was visible upset and shouted, "Monks!
Have you see my cows?"

The Buddha said, "No, we have not seen any cows."

"You know, monks," the man said. "I am the most mis-
erable person on Earth. For some reason, my twelve
cows all ran away this morning. I have only two acres
of sesame seed plants and this year the insects ate
them all. I think I am going to kill myself." (...)

When the farmer was gone, the Buddha turned to his
monks, looked at them deeply, smiled, and said, "Dear
friends, do know that you are the happiest people on
Earth? You don't have any cows to lose."

So, my friends, if you have cows, look deeply into
the nature of your cows to see whether they have
been bringing you happiness or suffering. You should
learn the art of releasing your cows...


Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004



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Life is what happens to you while
you're busy making other plans.

John Lennon

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Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not life more
than meat, and the body than raiment?


Matthew 6: 25
The Holy Bible
King James Version



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Barn's burnt down ---
now
I can see the moon.

Hirate Masahide
(1492-1553)
Japanese samurai

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When you strip away all the layers and reach the
bare bones of the essence, you are then able to
apply the most sublime concepts to practical life.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic rabbi of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement

 

And now, the Last Word:

The reason angels can fly is
that they take themselves
so lightly.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Prolific English writer



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus quote:

Our life is frittered away by detail...
Simplify, simplify.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, naturalist

 


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