TODAY'S THEME: Knowing the "Yes"
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As God is faithful, our word to you is not "yes" and "no."
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to
you by us, Silvanus and Timothy and me, was not "yes"
and "no," but "yes" has been in him. For however many
are the promises of God, their Yes is in him; therefore,
the Amen from us also goes through him to God for
glory. But the one who gives us security with you in
Christ and who anointed us is God; he has also put
his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our
hearts as the first installment.

Paul, to the Corinthians
2 Corinthians 1: 18-22
New American Bible


(So) man knows God with his heart, but loves
God with his life. It is your living self that is
an act of constant love for God and this innermost
secret of man is that by which he contemplates
God, it is the secret of man in God himself.....

The Sufis have this beautiful development of what
this secret really is: it is the word "yes" or the act of
"yes." It is the secret affirmation that God places
in my heart, a "yes" to Him. And that is God's
secret. He knows my "yes" even when I am not
saying it. My destiny in life -- my final integra-
tion -- is to uncover this "yes" so that my life
is totally and completely a "yes" to God,
a complete assent to God.

Thomas Merton
From "A Call to Unity"

With the light of mindfulness present, we recognize which
actions are beneficial and which are harmful...That is why
we begin this exercise by saying "May I learn to look at my-
self with the eyes of understanding and compassion." Once
you have used the key of understanding to open the door of
love, you will experience acceptance for yourself and others.

..."May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and
happiness in myself" is an important practice. Our mind is
described as the soil containing many seeds, positive and
negative. We have to be aware of all of them.

Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004


How little people know who think that holiness is dull.
When one meets the real is irresistible. If even
10 percent of the world's population had it, would not
the whole world be converted and happy
before the year's end?

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar


Release any negative, limiting, or self-defeating beliefs
buried in your subconscious...These beliefs may be about
life, love, or yourself. Beliefs create reality.

Let go. From as deep within as your fears, resentments,
and negative beliefs are stored, let them all go...Let new
beliefs replace the old. Let peace and joy and love replace
fear...Release that which is no longer useful. Trust that
you are being healed and prepared
for receiving what is good.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990

There are people who do many good things, but with
pessimism -- because to them the world is an inherently
bad place. Since their good deeds have no life to them,
who knows how long they can keep it up?

We must know that this world is not a dark, sinister jungle,
but a garden. And not just any garden, but G-d's own pleasure
garden, full of beauty, wonderful fruits and fragrances, a place
where G-d desires to be with all His essence.

If the taste to us is bitter, it is only because we must first
peel away the outer shell to find the fruit inside.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; words and
condensation by Tzvi Freeman. Courtesy of


It has been estimated that the average human being has around
50,000 thoughts per day. That's a lot of thoughts. Some of these
thoughts are going to be positive and productive. Unfortunately,
however, many of them are also going to be negative -- angry,
fearful, pessimistic, worrisome. Indeed, the important question
in terms of become more peaceful isn't whether or not you're
going to have negative thoughts -- you are -- it's what you
choose to do with the ones that you have.

In a practical sense, you really have only two options when it
comes to dealing with negative thoughts. You can analyze your
thoughts -- ponder, think through, study, think some more --
or you can learn to ignore them -- dismiss, pay less attention
to, not take so seriously. This latter option, learning to take
your negative thoughts less seriously, is infinitely more
effective in terms of learning to be more peaceful.

Excerpted from "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff,"
by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Hyperion, 1997


God's care for us is measured in immensities,
not minimums.

From "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books, 1994

And now, the Last Word:

Night is drawing nigh.
For all that has been--
For all that shall be--

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)
Swedish diplomat, Secretary-General of t he UN


































































Bonus quote:

It is not weeds that choke out the grain,
it is the negligence of the farmer.



On today's
Home Page:

The Bible;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
The Rebbe;
C. S. Lewis;
Melody Beattie;
Richard Carlson;
Eileen Freeman;