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Published 9-13-10

Richard of Chichester, Emmet Fox, Martin Luther, Arthur W. Pink, Murray Bodo, Henri Nouwen


Dear Readers,

We mostly know how to succeed reasonably well in society: set goals,
make a plan, stay focused and be ready to utilize a little chutzpah.
They're a great set of skills, but are skills that don't transfer well into
our spiritual journey.
We can't "make" ourselves holier, no matter
how bold our five-year plan looks on paper. The spiritual journey is
one of relationship with the Higher Power. We can't "achieve" holi-
ness by pushing ourselves. We can be kind to our sweet selves. We can
pray gently and without expecting specific things of ourselves. We can
find rest knowing that transformation is gradual; an incremental
polishing of our soul, day by day, with each little prayer.

- Lisa

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Day by day, dear Lord of you
Three things I pray:
To see you more clearly,
To love you more dearly,
To follow you more nearly,
Day by day.

St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
Bishop of Chichester, England



Always pray gently.
Work as gently as you would
if you were painting
a picture on a cobweb.

Emmett Fox (1886-1951)
New Thought spiritual leader


Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance,
but laying hold of His willingness.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Catalyst of the Protestant Reformation


Prayer is the way and means God has appointed
for the communication of the blessings of
His goodness to His people.

Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
English Christian evangelist


Sometimes we experience a breakthrough of the Divine,
sometimes not. But always in prayer something happens
which is part of the ongoing transformation of the self.
This transformation is a gradual shining through of the
soul, so that eventually the whole person
becomes a living prayer...

Excerpted from "Landscape of Prayer,"
by Murray Bodo
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1989

The Last Word:
Prayer is the way to let the life-giving Spirit
of God penetrate all the corners of my being.
Prayer is the divine instrument of my
wholeness, unity and inner peace.

Excerpted from "The Only Necessary Thing:
Living a Prayerful Life,"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The mark of a good action is that
it appears inevitable in retrospect.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist


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