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Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew.
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Till all this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Edwin Hatch (1835-1889)
English theologian; professor at Trinity College, Quebec
Excerpted from "The One Year Great Songs of Faith,"
Compiled and edited by William J. Petersen & Randy Petersen
Tyndale House Publishers, 1995


The Lord your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17
The Holy Bible
New International Version

There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal,
for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken
in ourselves a force which really changes our lives
from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that
this change is a recovery of that which is deepest,
most original, most personal in ourselves. To be
born again is not to become somebody else, but
to be come ourselves.

The deepest spiritual instinct in man is that urge of
inner truth which demands that he be faithful to him-
self: to his deepest and most original potentialities.
Yet at the same time, in order to become one's true
self, one must die. That is to say, in order to
become one's true self, the false self must die.

Thomas Merton
Excerpted from "Thomas Merton: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2005


In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.

Mahatma Gandhi
Major political and spiritual leader of India


Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer's feet,
and he will make me walk on my high hills.

Habakkuk 3: 18-19
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

There are layers and layers of comprehension dividing our
sensory reality from the absolute reality of G-dly energy. Is
this a game that G-d is playing, hiding Himself from human
eyes? On the contrary, it is actually a gift, an opportunity for
us to grow accustomed to the landscape. Before a child can
write, he or she must first learn the alphabet. And before we
can understand the brilliant light of G-d's reality, we must
first let our eyes grow accustomed to the light that
surrounds us. Then we can use our light to peer
inside the many layers of a deeper reality.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Seventh Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water:
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great, the moon is reflected
even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the
entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

Dogen Zenji (Circa 1222-1253)
Zen Buddhist teacher born in Kyoto;
a leading religious figure of his time

How can I get to know myself? Not by thinking,
for thinking only reflects my conscious being,
but by meditating. Meditation goes beyond the
conscious mind into the unconscious. In medita-
tion I can become aware of the ground of my being
matter, in life, in human consciousness. I can
experience my solidarity with the universe, with
the remotest star in outer space and with the
minutest particle in the atom. I can experience
my solidarity with every living thing, with the
earth...I can know the Father, the Origin, the
Source, beyond being and not-being, the One
"without a second." I can know the birth of all
things from the Ground, their coming into being
in the Word...I have existed eternally in this
Word from the Father beyond time and space,
and there we stand eternally before Him.

Bede Griffiths (1906-1993)
aka Swami Dayananda
British Benedictine monk and mystic;
lived in India studying Hindu monasticism
Excerpted from his "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2006

And now, the Last Word:

God is directing your steps and delighting in
every detail of your life. Doesn't matter who
you are. Potbellied pig or prized purebred?
God sees no difference.
But he does see you. In fact, that's his car
pulling over to the side of the road.
That's God opening the door. And that's
you climbing into the passenger seat.

There now, don't you feel safer
knowing that he is in control?

From "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 2004


































































Bonus quote:

The sun does not forget a village just because it is small.

African proverb



On today's
Home Page:

Edwin Hatch;
Thomas Merton;
The Bible;
The Rebbe;
Dogen Zenji;
Bede Griffiths;
Max Lucado.