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Hatred is a curved blade

"Edward," she said softly. "Learn this from me. Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.

~ from THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom

School Prayer

In the name of daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor
my soul with hatred
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.
~ from "School Prayer" by Diane Ackerman
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems
By Diane Ackerman

True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar

True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strength to Love
By Martin Luther King Jr

Where love is strong

Where love is strong, forgiveness can be there for us before there is any movement on our part. Something special happens when forgiveness is given fulfillment by its recognition and acceptance. Sorrow and understanding can be involved in healing. The words needed may be, "I’m sorry," and it may take time before it is clear that the words are real. But forgiveness is given, not earned. Healing may take time; the forgiveness is gift. Where there is love, the gift will not be withheld.

~ from GOD FIRST LOVED US by Anthony F. Campbell

Compassion is a sign of nobleness

Compassion, even towards one's enemies, is a sign of nobleness and spiritual perfection.

~ Ostad Elahi
Knowing the Spirit
By Ostad Elahi

It is no longer good enough to cry peace

It is no longer good enough to cry peace—we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.

~ Shenandoah proverb

The world is hungry for goodness

The world is hungry for goodness and recognizes it when it sees it...When we glimpse it in people we applaud them for it. We long to be just a little like them. Through them we let the world’s pain into our hearts, and we find compassion.

~ Desmond Tutu

February 2016 (Vol. XXIX, No. 2)

Dear friends ~ In February the holiday calendar directs our hearts toward love. What the world needs now, however, is not the amorous affection peddled in Hallmark valentines but the deep down, soul-searching agape love of attentive care, healing, and compassion. As Adrienne Rich would phrase it, we need to cultivate "honorable relationships" - relationships forged out of truth, respect, and integrity. But how do we get there? The cultural and political landscape of this country has set the bar so low for cultivating any kind of meaningful relationships that we need to relearn what it truly means to interact with each other honorably. In my teaching years, the most essential lessons were not about knowledge of the mind but matters of the heart—learning how to treat each other—how to love and to be loved.

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The greatness of a community

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, a heart of grace, and a soul generated by love.

~ Coretta Scott King

The warmth provided by our capacity to love

The warmth provided by our capacity to love is as necessary for the soul's growth as any part of the meditational way... Love increases as we look out for the strangers and welcome them and particularly as we work at trying to transform our enemies into friends. Steadily the warmth that is given by this kind of action draws the soul toward the reality of the loving God. Step by step the soul's reach grows, so that it becomes easier to find the One who is Love and to carry more Love out actively to others.

~ from THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by Morton Kelsey
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