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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Lead, Kindly Light
    --Look up for the light

    Midway down the page:
    --Bill Wright & Rabbi Mentz
    --I am the Light of the World

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --You are the light of the world
    --Finding the light inside yourself
    --Rumi & Arlo Guthrie, side by side

    And the Last Word: Galileo Galilei


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TODAY'S THEME: Out From the Shadows
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Do not be a harsh judge of yourself.
Without kindness toward ourselves we cannot love the world.

The Buddha (c. 563- C. 483)
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The latest question for Rabbi Mentz:
Is man inherently good or inherently evil?
For the rest of his answer, click on: Ask Rabbi Mentz
And now, the Last Word:
Bill Wright's Kabul journal is now in the Archives
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on,
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long they power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those Angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
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John Henry Cardinal Newman (1891-1890)
An English writer of several influential books,
including 'Grammar of Assent"
When you are in the shadows, or you feel that the shadows are near, remember to
look up, to visualize the blazing Star above you in the spirit spheres, and to feel its
strength, its steadiness, its radiance, pouring into your heart. Go forward in
confidence and in full consciousness of the light of this Star shining upon you.

From 'The Quiet Mind'
The White Eagle Publishing Trust, 1993
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the
light of the world; he who follows me will not
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8: 12
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
You are the light of the world. Your light must shine in people's sight, so that,
seeing your good works, they may give praise to you Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus goes on to talk about light in Matthew 5: 14-16. Again notice that he says you are the light of the
world, not you
will when you are something better. Right now, within yourself, shines the light for this
world. Many have not discovered that light in themselves. Many perhaps feel that they have no light. Do
you think Jesus was mistaken? Did he not know what he was talking about? So you must, in fact, be
the light of the world now.

Start to look for that place within yourself where light shines. It is there...When you begin to show ever
so little willingness to find your light, offer that willingness to the Holy Spirit. Do it consciously,
deliberately. "Holy Spirit, I am willing to find my own light." If that is scary, do it anyway. Your light is for
you. It is the Father's gift to you. You can trust it to bring you joy. You can be free to enjoy your own light.
It you are willing, the Spirit will rush to show you his shining within your own spirit.

Marilyn Norquist Gustin
From 'Jesus Pattern for a Happy Life: The Beatitudes'
Liquori Publications, 1981
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The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.
The light which fills the heart is the light of God,
which is pure and separate from the light of intellect and sense.

13-century Persian mystical poet and theologian; a teacher of Sufism
You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.

Arlo Guthrie (1947 -    )
American songwriter
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and
dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if
it had nothing else in the universe to do.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Italian physicist, astronomer, astrologer and philosopher