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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --How to attract virtue
    --What I want to do I do not do

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    --Unfolding our webs from within
    --Dig within, says a Roman Emperor

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Favorite prayers
    --Joyful openness
    --Becoming receptive
And the Last Word: A good habit to learn
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To have solid footing and to avoid
stumbling, consistently puncture the
cloud of unknowing that is between you
and God with a sharp dart of longing
love. Avoid thinking of anything less
than God, and do not quit your time of
contemplation regardless of what may
happen. Loving contemplation destroys
our tendency to sin more effectively
than any other practice. Contemplation
is superior to your fasts and vigils,
regardless of how early in the morning
you get up, the hardness of your bed,
or the roughness of your hair shirt...
Not only does contemplation destroy, as much as possible, our propensity to
sin, it also attracts virtue. You will attract and absorb pure virtue when you
truly seek God. Without love, any virtue you may already have will be tainted
and imperfect.

From 'The Cloud of Unknowing'
Written by an unknown 14th-century English monk
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
For if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer
I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that good itself does not dwell in
me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot
carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do --
this I keep on doing.

Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me
through Jesus Christ, our Lord!

Romans 7: 15-19, 25
The Holy Bible
Today's New International Version
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Just as the spider unfolds its web
from within its own being,
we must unfold divine wisdom, divine joy
and the divine potential of God from within ourselves.
The moment we stop trying to make God come to us,
we will realize that God is already here.

Joel Goldsmith (1892-1964)
Founder of the Infinite Way
From 'In a Parenthesis in Eternity'
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Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good;
and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180 BC)
Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher
Here are some of my favorite prayers:

Help. Please. Don't.
Show me. Guide me. Change me.
Are you there?
Why'd you do that?
Thank you.

Melody Beattie
From 'The Language of Letting Go'
Hazeldon, 1990
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Often is it said that prayer is simply an
expression of helplessness. It is asking from
another what we cannot do ourselves. This is
a half truth. The praying person note only says,
"I can't do it and I don't understand it," but
also, "Of myself, I don't have to understand
it." When you stop at that first phrase, you
often pray in confusion and despair, but when
you can also add the second, you feel your
dependence no longer as helplessness but as a
joyous openness to others.

If you view your weakness as a disgrace, you
will come to rely on prayer only in extreme
need and consider prayer as a forced confession
of your impotence. But if you see your
weakness as that which makes you worth
loving, and if you are always prepared to be
surprised at the power the other gives you, you
will discover through praying that living means
living together.

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest, writer and lecturer
From 'With Open Hands'
Ballantine Books, 1972
One answer will cover all your questions: Turn to God and fill your
consciousness with the realization of His perfection. Let your weakness be
dissolved in the worshipful thought of His strength. It is not necessary to
explain things to God, for He knoweth your need before you speak, and is
more ready to give than you are to ask. When you meditate, turn away
from everything except the one absorbing thought of His overshadowing
Presence. In this way you will become receptive, and healing will flow
through body, mind and soul.

Sri Gyanamata
A disciple of the Paramahansa Yogananda
From 'God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint'
And now, the Last Word:
Bonus quote: We learn wisdom from failure much
more than from success. We often discover what will
do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who
never made mistake never made a discovery.

Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)
Scottish biographer & author of self-help books
Don't miss Rabbi Mentz's answer to the question:   
Is God female?
If everything goes wrong, just laugh! Just let it have its fling,
let it go; but keep your vision upon God, and know that all will
come right. All will come right -- that is the truth!

From 'The Quiet Mind'
The White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1993

    Fun is about as good a habit as
    there is.

    Author unknown but appreciated