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                        Inspirational Quotes for the Day.

                       
                                                     

     
TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Saintly Wednesday

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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --St. Francis of Assisi
    --When the Saints Go Marching In

    Midway down the page:
    --Padmasambhava  
    --Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --St. Richard Kolbe
    --St. Therese Lisieux
    --St. Francis of Assisi
              
          And the Last Word: St. Theresa of Avila
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus quote:  He who does much loves God
much, and he does much who does his deed well,
and he does his deed well who does it for the
common good rather than for his own sake.

Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471)
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Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, honor and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
of You Most High, he bears you likeness.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious
and fair.

We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air,
fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water,
so useful, humble precious and pure.

We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.

We praise You, Lord for Sister Earth,
who sustains us with her fruits, colored flowers,
and herbs.

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Probably the world's most beloved saint, he founded the Order of the
Friars Minor, or Franciscans. He is the patron saint of animals & Italy.
From 'The Canticle of the Creatures'
Oh, when the saints go marching in, [Repeat] oh, Lord, I want to be in
that number when the saints go marching in.

And when the sun refuse to shine, [Repeat] oh, Lord, I want to be in that
number when the sun refuse to shine.

Oh, when the trumpet sound its call, [Repeat] oh, Lord, I want to be in
that number when the trumpet sounds that call.

Oh, when the new world is revealed, [Repeat] oh, Lord, I want to be in
that number when the new world is revealed.

Katherine E. Nash Purvis (d. 1909)
Daughter of a Methodist minister and a music teacher at the seminary of a Methodist Episcopal
church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The hymn was originally published in 1896 as 'When the
Saints Are Marching In,' with music by James Milton Black. The song was slightly altered and
republished in 1927 to its familiar  form.
To all Saints of every faith
Prayer and more prayers: there are so many (one more beautiful
than the next) it gives me a headache! I wouldn't know how to say
them all, and not knowing where to begin, I become just like a
child who hasn't yet learned how to read. So I say whatever I want,
never mind the big words and fancy sentences. God always
understands me anyway.

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Also known as the Little Flower of Jesus,' she entered the Carmelite order at the age
of 15. She is the patron saint of France and florists.
Although Judaism does not cannonize saints in the same manner as does Christianity, certainly there exist Jewish
holy persons, called Tzaddikim, Righteous Ones, who are thought of in the same way. Another saintly group of
people in Judaism were the leaders of the  Hasidei Ashkenaz ("pious ones of Germany') who evolved out of the
violence of the Crusades.

A more recent individual who is particularly revered by Orthodox Jews is the Rebbe Menachem Mendel
Schneerson. He grew up in Czarist Russia and fled Nazi-occupied Europe in 1941. Settling in New York, he had an
enormous impact on Judaism, Indeed, some believe he is the Jewish Messiah.
Faith is not the absence of reason, it is a skill in its own right,
which, when cultivated, allows us to experience the ultimate.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
The Tzaddik is one with G-d.
We recognize him because we each have our own tzaddik within.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
The seventh Rebbe (spiritual leader) of the Chabad/Lubavitch
branch of Chassidic Judaism
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Depending on the sect, Buddhists may call their holy people "arachants" or "bodhisattvas."
One of the most famous holy men of India was the Guru Padmasambhava. He founded
the Tibetan School of Buddhism in the 8th century. To many he is the second Buddha.
I am present in front of anyone who has faith in me,
just as the moon casts its reflection, effortlessly, in
any vessel filled with water.

Guru Padmasambhava
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Saint Maximilian Kolbe was born in Zdunska Wola, Poland, in 1894. He received his doctorates from the
Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, but chose to return to his homeland to publish a free magazine for
lay Catholics. When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Father Kolbe asked many of the brothers to leave for
safety. He stayed behind, however, and was arrested by the Nazis for treason. In 1941, his cell block in
Auschwitz was told that ten of them would be starved to death because a prisoner had escaped. One of the
chosen was a Polish army sergeant with a wife and children. Father Kolbe stepped forward and asked to die
in his place. He survived for two weeks in the starvation bunker. Only four of the ten were alive when the
Nazis came. Father Kolbe prayed as they administered a lethal injection of carbolic acid to him.

Father Kolbe was granted sainthood in 1982 by Pope John Paul II,
who declared that Maximilian Kolbe was his personal spiritual hero.
Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving
on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain.
What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to
pray well in order to win as many souls as possible.
Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are
content, and that she can do with us anything she
wishes.

Maximilian Mary Kolbe, when first arrested
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in dying that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi
From silly devotions and from
sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.
Amen.

St. Theresa of Avila (16th century)
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