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Published 6-18-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Iyanla Vanzant, Thomas R. Kelly, Lao Tzu, Book of Psalms, Brother Lawrence

Dear Readers,

It's the difference between running
in circles or dancing for joy!

- Lisa

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Many of us are so focused on the outcome that we miss
the joy of the task. Is it meant for us to live frantically, in
order to accomplish as much as we possibly can, as fast
as we can, before we die? Or, are we meant to live simply,
slowly, enjoying every task and experience until we die?

...Understand that you don't have to run around trying
to make a good life. The goodness of life is right where
you are, but you have to slow down in order
to recognize it.

Excerpted from "Faith in the Valley,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998


...And under the silent, watchful eye of the Holy One
we all are standing, whether we know it or not. And
in that Center, in that holy Abyss where the Eternal
dwells at the base of our being, our programs, our gifts
to Him, our offerings of duties performed are again and
again revised in their values. Many of the things we are
doing seem so important to us. We haven't been able to
say No to them, because they seemed so important. But
if we center down, as the old phrase goes, and live in that
holy Silence which is dearer than life, and take our life
program into the silent places of the heart, with complete
openness, ready to do, ready to renounce according to
his leading, then many of the things we are
doing lose their vitality for us...

Excerpted from "A Testament of Devotion,"
by Thomas R. Kelly
HarperOne, 1941


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Take time to listen to
what is said without words,
to obey the law too subtle
to be written, to worship the
unnameable and to embrace the unformed.

Lao Tzu (circa 4th century BC)
Taoist philosopher


Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10
King James Version

The Last Word:

The time of business does not with me
differ from the time of prayer, and in
the noise and clatter of my kitchen,
while several persons are at the same
time calling for different things, I possess
God in as great tranquility as if I were
upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.

Brother Lawrence (c. 1614-1691
Carmelite monk (kitchen worker)




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Nature is the living, visible garment of God.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, artist, politician, poet


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