TODAY'S THEME: One Body - One Love - One God
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   Published 8-10-07
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I then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner
worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and
gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace:
one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope
of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father
of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4: 1-6
New American Bible


Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations.
Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will be filled in,
which is the goal of all religious worship.

Sri Anandamoyi Ma (1896-1982)
Spiritual teacher and guru from India


Human action has not woven the web of life; we are but a thread in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.
All things connect.

Chief Seattle (c. 1786-1866)
Suquamish Nation

The world is not divine sport, it is divine destiny. There is divine
meaning in the life of the world, of man, of human persons,
of you and of me. Creation happens to us, burns itself into us,
recasts us in burning -- we tremble and are faint, we submit.
We take part in creation, meet the Creator,
reach out to Him, helpers and companions.

Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Austrian-Jewish philosopher and educator
Excerpted from "I and Thou"Collier Books, 1987


I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind,that you may
prove what is the will of God, what is good and
acceptable and perfect. For as in one body we have
many members, and all the members do not have the
same function, so we, though many, are one body
one in Christ, and individually members of one
another. Having gifts that differ according
to the grace given us, let us use them...

Romans 12: 1-2, 4-5
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version


Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours
are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look
at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh  (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author

May I be medicine for the sick and weary.

May I be their doctor and their nurse
until the sickness appears no more.

May I quell the pains of hunger and thirst
with rains of food and drink. 

May I be a torch for those in need of light,
a bed for those in need of a bed,
and a servant for those in need of service.

Shantideva (7th century)
Indian Buddhist scholar



Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle
to live up to his own highest idea, strive at the same
time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Ramakrishna order of Monks


Be a blazing fire of truth,
be a beauteous blossom of love,
and a soothing balm of peace.

Sufi saying


Whenever you have truth, it must be given with love,
or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Major political and spiritual leader of India

And now, the Last Word:

Worship is a way of seeing
the world in the light of God.

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
One of the most important Jewish thinkers of the 20th century












































































Bonus quote:

Your life has not been rehearsed. It is an adventure, and a
discovery, and a training, and it is the final goal that matters.

Emmet Fox (1886-1951)
Irish, a spiritual leader of 20th century




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