TODAY'S THEME: Piety: A Reality Check
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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
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On a certain Purim when the rabbi of Mogielnica was reading
a scroll of Esther, a young man stood near by and said to him
when the reading was over: "I fear I did not listen closely enough
and perhaps skipped over one word or another while I was
silently reciting the scroll with you."

Later the rabbi said to his friends: "There's your superpious man!
All he cares about is doing exactly what is prescribed. But he whose
soul is directed toward doing the will of God within the commandment,
and clings wholly to God's will, may very possible fail to do something
of what is prescribed, but it does not trouble him. For it is written:
"In thy love for her wilt thou err constantly."

Excerpted from "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Schoken Books, 1975


You cannot earn a childlike soul.
You cannot construct a childlike soul.
You can pray for a childlike soul.
Pray for it!

Excerpted from "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subaca
Paraclete Press, 2006


God wishes to dwell in us in poverty without any of the trappings
for which we win so much praise. All he wishes is to be the sole
object and only enchantment of our hearts. And we are so frail
that if this meant the glamour of self-denial, zeal, almsgiving and
poverty we should make it all part of our delight...God wants to be
the source of everything in us that is holy, and for that reason every-
thing that depends on ourselves and on our personal faith is insigni-
ficant and quite the opposite of saintliness.

Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966

(And Jesus said:)
"When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love
to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have
received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner
room, close the door, and prayer to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you."

"In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that
they will heard because of their many words. Do not be
like them. Your Father knows what you need
before you ask him."

Matthew 6: 5-8
New American Bible


He who wants to do good knocks at the gate;
he who loves finds the gate open.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Brahmo religionist


And now, the Last Word:

Rabbi Barukh said: "Elijah's great work was not
that he performed miracles, but that, when fire
fell from Heaven, the people did not speak of
miracles, but all cried, "The Lord is God."

From "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber
Schoken Books, 1975


















































Bonus quote:

Do you need proof of God's existence?
Does one light a candle to see the sun?

Taoist aphorism


On today's
Home Page:

Martin Buber;
Juris Rubenis &
Maris Subaca;
de Caussade;
Book of Matthew;


Friday's site:
Speaking With Love