June – 2015

June 7

The Wisdom of Deepak Chopra
“Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.”

The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”

Mark 3.22-26, 28-30
22The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “This Jesus has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And Jesus answered them, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 28Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their misdeeds and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the holy Spirit can never have forgiveness…”— 30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

June 14

The Psalter (20.7-8)
7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God. 8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

The Wisdom of Shannon L. Alder
“Dignity…the moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.”

Mark 4.30-32
“Jesus said, “With what can we compare the kin-dom of God…? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

June 21

The Wisdom of Virgil
“Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.”

The Wisdom of the Buddha
“Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.”

2 Corinthians 6.4-10
“As servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”

June 28

The Wisdom of Charles Dickens
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”

The Wisdom of Stephen Fry
“At least 260 species of animal have been noted exhibiting homosexual behavior but only one species of animal ever, so far as we know, has exhibited homophobic behavior — and that’s the human being.”

Mark 5.24-34
A large crowd followed Jesus and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

 

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