Published 3-28-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Amy Taylor, Macrina Wiederkehr, Kozan
At the end of the day, it's the tool of prayer that enables
us to dig deeper into the Great Silence. Our inner selves
thrive there, in comfort and peacefully.
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...Deep within you is a place of infinite calm, an oasis of peace, love,
healing. All you need lies within you, surrounds you and enables you.
Fulfillment far beyond human desire is there, awaiting your recognition
and acceptance. Transcendence over your past, transformation of your
being, and unlimited possibilities for new expressions of life all exist inside you...
Enter the Silence. Give it your fullest attention and devotion. Each day,
come apart from the world of conscious, physical thought for just a
brief time. Turn within. Seek God with all your mind, heart and desire.
And each day, you shall bring forth more and more of your true
inner being - healed whole, and joyously alive.
Excerpted from "Enter the Silence," by Amy Taylor
Interfaith minister and counselor
As I enter the Great Silence, I thoughtfully attend to my
heart. With eyes of mercy and delight I scan my actions
of the day. Are the achievements of the day aligned with
my heart's deepest yearning for grace-filled being?
Gratitude and compassion rise up from my soul like incense:
gratitude for the blessings of the day, compassion for the
discouragements of the day. I prayerfully hold in my heart
the ones who have passed through my life this day. Silence
and darkness fall upon me like a great protective quilt of
love. Under the careful guidance of the angels and the Queen
of Heaven, I put away my fear of the night and my reluctance
to enter the silence. Like a bird going home to roost at the
end of the day I, too, seek my rest. I enter the comforting
darkness, robed in trust and confident of divine protection.
The deep silence of the hour blesses me; the sweet darkness
anoints me. The living prayer of this day, now
complete, I offer to the Beloved.
From "Seven Sacred Praises: Living Mindfully
through the Hours of the Day,"
by Macrina Wiederkehr O.S.B.
The Last Word:
How sublime -
a boat beneath the moon
and from within, a prayer.
Kozan (18th century Japanese poet)
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International 1998
Utterly 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 (1835-1919)
American wirter; bron Samuel Clemens
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