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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Greatness of Humility
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Clothe yourself with humility
    --Drenched in humility

    Midway down the page:
    --A story of humility by Suellen Fry-Washington  
    --The result of humility

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Humility, the great treasure
    --God the Doer
              
          And the Last Word: The littlest angel
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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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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe
yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who
offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive anyone
who offends you. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all
together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ
rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in
peace. And always be thankful.

Colossians 3: 12-15
Holy Bible
New Living Translation
The rains of God's mercy cannot gather on mountaintops of pride,
but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Guru and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
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A (good) name is preferred to wealth, and goodly
favor than silver and gold. The rich man and the
pauper meet; Hashem is the Maker of them all. A
clever person sees evil and hides, but simpletons
pass on and are punished. The result of humility is
fear of Hashem, wealth, honor and life.

The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
The spiritual life is impossible without the virtue of humility. Humility of heart is a great
treasure because it keeps us honest, cutting away self-deception, falsehood, and
inauthenticity. It forces us to be real, even when it is uncomfortable. It rescues us from
superficiality, and compels us to always be true to ourselves and to others. Humility of
heart forces us to stand in the light of truth. Humility is a difficult virtue, but it is
indispensable to progress in the interior life...


Humility of heart is closely related to egolessness. Egolessness is to live out of the depths
of the heart in a spirit of kindness, mercy, love and compassion. Along with humility, it
represents good-heartedness, the pure heart open to grace, or the truth. It is really love
animating the person's motives, actions and ways of regarding others. Selflessness is a
fundamental element in the spiritual journey, and which, like humility is required for the
spiritual life to awaken and prosper. This form of wisdom is summed up by the
Tao Te
Ching
: "The sage has no mind of his (or her) own. He is aware of the needs of others."

Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004)
A Catholic lay monk, he focused on interreligious dialogue and activism
From "The Mystic Heart"
New World Library, 2001
Humility comes from realizing that God is
the Doer, not you. When you see that, how
can you be proud of any accomplishment?
Think constantly that whatever work you
are performing is being done by the Lord
through you.

Paramahansa Yogananda
And now, the Last Word:
THE MAN IN THE PARK

By: Suellen Fry-Washington

Almost four years ago, I took my then four year old son to the park one day. We lived in a small town at the time.
Spending the day in the park was always a joy for me as well as I had the chance to view the beauty of the old
historic buildings and the quaint surroundings.

I pulled in to the available parking space at the small park. My little guy jumped out and began playing on the slides
and monkey bars.

It was a beautiful, sunny day. I could feel the sun’s warm light embrace my skin. I thanked the Lord that I lived in the
sunny state of Florida and began to take in the beautiful sights of this small town.

As I continued my visual endeavor I noticed a man sitting on a park bench, just a few feet from me and my son. He
kept looking over at me and smiling. He started singing in broken English, swaying from side to side. I noticed that
he was holding a bottle covered by a paper bag...
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