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Throughout all generations we will
render thanks unto Thee
And declare Thy praise,
Evening, morning, and noon,
For our lives which are in Thy care,
For our souls which are in Thy keeping
For thy miracles which we witness daily,
And for Thy wondrous deeds
and blessings toward us at all times.
There are two types of miracles: Those
beyond nature and those clothed within it.
Both types of miracles are necessary. If we
would only see miracles beyond nature, we
would know that G-d can do whatever he likes -
but we might think He must break the rules to
do so. We would know a G-d who is beyond nature
but not within it.
If we would see only miracles that are
clothed within nature, we would know a
G-d that is Master of all that happens
within nature. But we might think He is
limited within it.
Now we know a G-d that is at once both
beyond all things and within them. In
truth, there is nothing else but Him.
From the wisdom of the Lubavticher Rebbe,
Rebbe Menachem Schneerson; words and
condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
How the valley awakes. At two-fifteen in the morning
there are no sounds except in the monastery:
the bell rings, the office begins. Outside nothing,
except perhaps a bullfrog saying "Om" in the creek
or in the guesthouse pond. Some nights he is in
Samadhi; there is not even "Om." ...The first chirps
of the waking day birds mark the *"point vierge" of the
dawn under a sky as yet without real light, a moment
of awe and inexpressible innocence, when the Father in
perfect silence opens their eyes. They begin to speak to
Him, not with fluent song, but with an awakening question
that is their dawn state, their state at the "point vierge."
Their condition asks if it is time for them to "be." He
answers "yes." Then, they one by one wake up, and
become birds... Here is an unspeakable secret:
paradise is all around us and we do not understand.
It is wide open.
*"point vierge," or "virgin point" is a term borrowed from
Islamic tradition and refers to divine presence deep in the soul.
Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
American Trappist monk and contemplative writer;
From his book, "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander"
Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French Jesuit priest, paleontologist, philosopher
Simplicity, sincerity, purity; right now they are
our most faithful, devoted instruments which
will help us reach the ultimate Goal. There will
come a day when we see that the Goal of the
transcendental Heights is smiling in and through
these three faithful and devoted friends of ours.
And in this transcendental
Smile we will see and
feel that we are not mere mortals subjected to
ignorance-life, but rather we are part and parcel
of Infinity's Light, Eternity's Love and Immor-
tality's all-embracing, all-illuminating, and
Sri Chinmoy (1931- )
Indian philosopher and guru
From a speech given 11-19-74
Courtesy of srichinmoy.com
And now, the Last Word:
Love works in miracles every day:
such as weakening the strong, and
strengthening the weak; making fools
of the wise, and wise men of fools;
favouring the passions, destroying
reason, and in a word, turning every-
Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615)
"Queen Margot," queen of France
and Navarre; daughter of Henry ii
and Catherine de' Medici
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the
very same story which is written across the
whole world in letters too large for some of
us to see.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
British scholar and author