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Published 11-14-11    The Religion Network publishes every Monday

ON TODAY'S SITE:
Lao-Tzu, Augustine of Hippo, William Johnston, John of the Cross

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Dear Readers,

The deepest prayer often flows through stilled
lips and emptied mind, unformed and unplanned,
in beautiful primal contemplation, connected
directly to the source of all joy.

- Lisa

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Take time to listen to what is said without
words, to obey the law too subtle to be
written, to worship the unnameable,
and to embrace the unformed.


Lao-Tzu
Philosopher of ancient China;
traditional founder of Taoism


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Imagine if all the tumult of the body were to quiet down,
along with all the busy thoughts about earth, seas, and air;
if this very world should stop, and the mind cease
thinking about itself, go beyond itself, and be quite still;
if all fantasies that appear in dreams and imaginations
should cease, and there should be not speech, no sign:

Imagine if all things that are perishable grew still -- for if
we listen they are saying, "We did not make ourselves;
he made us who abides forever" -- imagine then, that they
should say this and fall silent, listening to the voice of him
who made them and not to that of his creation:
so that we should hear not his word through the tongues of
men, nor the voice of angels, not the clouds' thunder, nor
any symbol, but the very Self which in these things we love,
and strain ourselves to attain a flash of the eternal wisdom
which abides above all things:

And imagine if that moment were to go on and on,
leaving behind all other sights and sounds but this one
vision which ravishes and absorbs and fixes the beholder
in joy; so that the rest of eternal life were like that moment
of illumination which leaves us breathless:
Would this not be what is bidden in scripture:
"Enter thou into the joy of thy lord?"


St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church
From "Confessions", lX:10



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In itself, prayer is simply a
reverent, conscious openness to
God full of the desire to grow in
goodness and overcome evil.


William Johnston (1914-1986)
Bishop of Dunwich


The Last Word:

In prayer,
come empty,
do nothing.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Spanish mystic and priest



 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 








 







 







































 

 

 

 






 

 

Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes
on Thee
and I'll forgive Thy great big one
on me.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry
From "In the Clearing"


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