Today's Theme: KINDNESS
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

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Today's Theme:

The house we lived in when I was little had fuchsias that grew
along a shady wall. They lived amidst delicate 'baby tears' and a few
stepping stones. I remember sneaking furtively out there to pop
open the fuchsia buds prematurely, not exactly rendering
any kindness to one of my favorite flowers.

The Lord's kindness to us flows from his gentleness. He knows
we cannot be forced into blooming before we're ready. He waits
patiently, letting us tentatively feel our way, showing us mercy
for our errors, and gracing us with kindnesses we sometimes
don't even notice. He doesn't mind, for kindness by definition is
unearned. Kindness and mercy are petals on the same bloom.
They crown the stem of wisdom that upholds their beauty.

When we express kindness, we are sharing with others
the kindness given us - a mirroring of how we've been
tenderly and kindly nurtured by the Divine.

-Lisa Bowman




The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You,
and You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-17
New American Standard Bible


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God is not a private God. The God who dwells in our
inner sanctuary is also the God who dwells in the inner
sanctuary of each human being. As we recognize God's
presence in our own hearts, we can also recognize that
presence in the hearts of others, because the God who
has chosen us as a dwelling-place gives us the eyes to
see the God who dwells in others. When we see only
demons within ourselves, we can see only demons in
others, but when we see God within ourselves,
we can see God also in others.

Excerpted from "The Dance of Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

Ave Maria Press, 2005

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As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust,
do not burden your heart with judgments,
but rain your kindness equally on all.

The Buddha (c. 563 - c. 483 BC)



 

He stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin
among you be the first to throw a stone at her." And once more
he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when
they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the oldest,
and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus
looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one
condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said,
"Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

John 8: 7-11
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version


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My religion is kindness.
I'd rather be kind than right.
You can always be kind.

Tenzin Gyatso, (born 1935)
The 14th Dalai Lama



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The highest wisdom is kindness.

Berakot, 17A (Jewish tradition)




...and now,
the Last Word :

Following his release from imprisonment on Kislev 19, 5559,
(1798), an event which marked the Chassidic movement's
decisive victory over its opponents, Rabbi Schneur Zalman
sent a letter to his followers. The letter begins by quoting the
verse in which Jacob says to G-d, "I am diminished by all the kindnesses...You have shown your servant" (Genesis 32:11).
"The meaning of this," explains Rabbi Schneur Zalman, "is
that every kindness bestowed by G-d upon a person should
cause him to be exceedingly humble. For a (Divine) kindness
is (an expression of) ...'His right hand does embrace me'
(Song of Songs 2:6). G-d is literally bringing the person
close to Himself, far more intensely than before. And the
closer a person is to G-d...the greater the humility
this should evoke in him...





 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Bonus Quote:

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you
feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

 


On today's
Home Page:


The Book of Psalms;
Henri Nouwen;
The Buddha;
The Book of John;
Dalai Lama;
Berakot;
Rabbi Zalman


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