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Published 7-28-10


Tenzin Gyatso, Ansari of Herat, St. Francis of Assisi, Swami Vivekananda


Dear Readers,

The human animal feels longings that no other animal on earth experiences.
The spark of the Divine inside of each of our souls causes us to yearn far beyond
mere survival or procreation: we hunger for relationship with Him. This hunger
often manifests in the longing for human relationships and love. It is a magnet
placed within us by Him, for He asks us to come to Him by way of those with
whom we live. But He desires our prayers to flow outwards, not inwards. The
whole, "Please make me rich and famous" prayer is a poorly aimed arrow
that falls short of its mark. But the prayer, "Please make me
Your instrument," is an answered prayer.

- Lisa

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May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama (1935 -  )
Tibetan spiritual leader


O Lord, give me a heart
I can pour our in thanksgiving.
Give me life
So I can spend it
Working for the salvation of the world.

Ansari of Herat (1006-1088)
Persian sufi mystic and writer

Owens Valley, CA
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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Catholic deacon and preacher

The Last Word:

The more we come out and do good
to others, the more our hearts will be
purified, and God will be in them.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Hindu Ramakrishna Order






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.

William Safire (1929-2009)
American journalist and presidential speech-writer


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