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Do Good Anyway

Today’s reflection was  written on the wall of the children’s home Mother Teresa (1910-1997) operated in Calcutta.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

15 MAR 2017 Ephesians 2-10

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Today’s meditation was written by Columba (AD 521-597), an Irish abbot and missionary who spread Christianity through Scotland. He founded the Abbey of Iona, which was a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

I stand and listen.

In the silence of my heart I can hear his will,

When I listen despairing people flock to me,

They expect that I can see the answers,

They ask my advice, they say I am wise.

I answer that nothing can deceive me,

If I stand alone and silently listen.

For I am but a servant who is guided by his king, when I listen.

Sometimes in a lowly cell in the presence of my God

I stand and listen.


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Empty Vessel

Today’s prayer is from Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and leader of the Protestant Reformation.

Look, Lord, on an empty vessel that needs to be filled.
In faith I am weak – strengthen me.
In love I am cold – warm me and make me fervent
   so that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I doubt and am unable to trust you completely.

Lord, strengthen my faith and trust in you.
You are all the treasure I possess.
I am poor, you are rich, and you came to have mercy on the poor.
I am a sinner, you are goodness.
From you I can receive goodness, but I can give you nothing.
Therefore I shall stay with you


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We begin Lent this Ash Wednesday with a prayer from Ephraim the Syrian (AD 305-373). He was a Syriac Christian deacon and theologian who wrote a variety of hymns, poems, sermons, and other theological documents.

O Lord and Master of my life,
give me not the spirit of laziness,
despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of sobriety,
humility, patience and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King,
grant me to see my own transgressions
and not to judge my brother,
for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages. Amen


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