TODAY'S THEME: Word of the Spirit
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The Duomo: Florence, Italy
Photo by  Chuck Bowman


Holy Spirit, Truth Divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light,
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.

Holy Spirit, Love divine,
Glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire;
Perish self in Thy pure fire.

Holy Spirit, Power divine,
Fill and nerve this will of mine;
By Thee may I strongly live,
Bravely hear and nobly strive.

Holy Spirit, Right divine,
King within my conscience reign;
Be my Lord, and I shall be
Firmly bound, forever free.

Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)
American writer and clergyman
Excerpted from "Great Songs of Faith"
Tyndale House Publishers, 1995

Spirit in its manifestation is a response of man to his Thou.
Man speaks with many tongues, tongues of language, of
art, of action; but the spirit is one, the response to the Thou
which appears and addresses him out of the mystery. Spirit
is the word...Spirit is not in the I, but between the I and Thou.
It is not like the blood that circulates in you, but like the air in
which you breathe. Man lives in the spirit, if he is able to re-
spond to his Thou. He is able to, if he enters into relation
with his whole being. Only in virtue of his power to enter
into relation is he able to live in the spirit.

...Only silence before the Thou -- silence of all tongues,
silent patience in the undivided word that precedes the
formed and vocal response -- leave the Thou free, and
permits man to take his stand with it in the reserve
where the spirit is not manifest, but is.

from "I and Thou,"
by Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Austrian-Israeli philosopher and educator
Translated by Ronald Gregor Smith
Colliers Books, 1958

The Word introduced Himself into that which He
was not, in order that the nature of man also might
become what it was not, resplendent, by its union,
with the grandeur of the divine majesty, which has
been raised beyond nature rather than that it has
cast the unchangeable God beneath its nature.

Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378 - ca. 444)
Pope of Alexandria; Doctor of the Church

And now, the Last Word:

Some unseen fingers, like idle breeze,
are playing upon my heart
the music of the ripples.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, philosopher and artist

































Bonus quote:

The mind is the atmosphere of the soul.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)
French moralist


On today's
Home Page:

Samuel Longfellow;
Martin Buber;
Cyril of
Rabindranath Tagore