Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Luke 3:15-22

As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people.

But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Hero'di-as, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Genesis 43:16-43:29

When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, "Take the men into the house; slaughter and prepare an animal, for the men will dine with me at noon." The man did as Joseph said, and he brought the men into Joseph's house But the men were frightened at being brought into Joseph's house. "It must be," they thought, "because of the money replaced in our bags the first time that we have been brought inside, as a pretext to attack us Ind seize us as slaves, with our pack animals." So they went up to Joseph's house steward and spoke to him at the entrance of the house. "If you please, my lord," they said, "we came down once before to procure food. But when we arrived at the night encampment and opened our bags, there was each one's money in the mouth of his bag, our money in full. So we have brought it back with US. And we have brought down with us other money to procure food. We do not know who put the money in our bags." He replied, "All is well with you; do not be afraid. lour God, the God of your father, must have put treasure in your bags for you. I got your payment." And he brought out Simeon to them.

Then the man brought the men into Joseph's house; he gave them water to bathe their feet, and he provided feed for their asses. They laid out their gifts to await Joseph's arrival at noon, for they had heard that they were to dine there.

When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts that thry had brought with them into the house, bowing low before him to the ground. He greeted them, and he said, "How is your aged father of whom you spoke? Is he still in good health?" They replied, "It is well with your servant our father; he is still in good health." And they bowed and made obeisance.

Looking about, he saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and asked, "Is this your youngest brother of whom you spoke to me?" And he went on, "May God be gracious to you, my boy."


From Parshat Mikketz. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


The angels will guide and support you and show you where to go next. If you cannot see your next step, then do nothing. For that means the angels are still preparing the way. Do not ever doubt the angels’ guidance or presence. They are there and will never leave you.

-Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold,
'The Angelspeake Storybook'

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


The key, during both life and death, is to recognize illusions as illusions, projections as projections, and fantasies as fantasies. In this way we become free.

-Lama Thubten Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations, edited by Josh Bartok. Reprinted with permission by arrangement with Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

-Bill Cosby

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Christian Quote of the Day


You cannot go on being a good egg forever. You must either hatch or rot.

-C.S. Lewis

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Let hot food cool before storing it in the fridge or freezer to reduce the energy used in cooling.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


When our hope breaks, let our patience hold.

-Thomas Fuller

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our soul can be satisfied.

-Jonathan Edwards

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Health Quote of the Day


They were very good at the hospital with the education, the material they sent home with me, the meal plans, but then I had to execute it. I felt like I was a slave in the kitchen, the meal planning took so much time, there were so many changes. I tried so hard to make meals to please him.

-Gretchen M.

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Hindu Quote of the Day


Of what avail is an outer appearance of saintliness, If the mind suffers inwardly from knowledge of its iniquity? He who has not attained the power yet wears the garb of saints Is like a cow that grazes about wearing a tiger's skin. He who conceals himself beneath saintly robes and commits sins Is like the hunter who hides in the bushes to snare unwary birds.

Tirukkural 28:272-274

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

-John Lennon

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

-Mark Twain

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Judaism Quote of the Day


It is vital that people "count their blessings": to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.

-Abraham Maslow

From 'Words of Gratitude: For Mind, Body, and Soul' by Robert A. Emmons and Joanna Hill, © 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Templeton Foundation Press, Philadelphia, www.templetonpress.org

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Fools exult in life while the pious prepare for the journey ahead. A major portion of their wealth is spent in God's way, and they themselves suffice with the bare minimum, striving toward the hereafter. They even sacrifice fine victuals confident in the faith that they shall be blessed with better in the hereafter. Even God cherishes them because of their conviction and devotion.

-Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.

-Author Unknown

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December 18, 2014
Prayer to Saint Joseph for the Spirit of Work
Glorious Saint Joseph, model of all who pass their life in labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance to atone for my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my own inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to use and develop by my labor the gifts I have received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever recoiling before weariness or difficulties.

Help me to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes the hour of death and the accounting which I must render of time lost, talents wasted, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, which is so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, O Patriarch Joseph! This shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen