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This is an important thing, which I have told many people, and which my
father told me, and which his father told him. When you encounter another
person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is
being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this
moment, in this situation? If you confront insult or antagonism, your first
impulse will be to respond in kind. But if you think, as it were, This is an
emissary sent from the Lord, and some benefit is intended for me, first of
all the occasion to to demonstrate my faithfulness, the chance to show that
I do in some small degree participate in the grace that saved me, you are
free to act otherwise than as circumstances would seem to dictate. You are
free to act by your own lights. You are freed at the same time of the impulse
to hate or resent that person. He would probably laugh at the thought
that the Lord sent him to you for your own benefit (and his), but that
is the perfection of the disguise, his own ignorance of it.
Excerpted from "Gilead: A Novel,"
by Marilynne Robinson
Farrar - Straus - Giroux, 2004
A young child once asked a rabbi why man was created with
two eyes instead of one, like the nose and the mouth.
"With the left eye, you should look at yourself to see how you
can improve yourself. And with the right eye, you should look
at others lovingly, always seeking out their best qualities."
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson," by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002
Loving speech is an important aspect of practice.
We say only loving things. We say the truth in a
loving way, without violence. This can only be done
when we are calm. When we are irritated, we may say
things that are destructive. So when we feel irritated,
we should refrain from saying anything. We can just
breathe. If we need to, we can practice walking medi-
tation in the fresh air, looking at the trees, the
clouds, the river. Once we have returned to our
calmness, our serenity, we are capable again
of using the language of loving kindness.
Excerpted from "Teachings on Love,"
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2007
And now, the Last Word:
Pure love makes no demands
and seeks nothing for itself.
From "Meditations on Love,"
by Sister Wendy Beckett
Dorling Kindersley, 1995
Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where
there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself
which makes this void.
Simone Weil (1909-1943)
French philosopher, Christian mystic and social activist