Quotes and Readings of the Day
Today's Torah Reading
The Lord saw and was vexed
And spurned His sons and His daughters.
I will hide My countenance from them,
And see how they fare in the end.
For they are a treacherous breed,
Children with no loyalty in them.
They incensed Me with no-gods,
Vexed Me with their futilities;
I'll incense them with a no-folk,
Vex them with a nation of fools.
For a fire has flared in My wrath
And burned to the bottom of Sheol,
Has consumed the earth and its increase,
Eaten down to the base of the hills.
I will sweep misfortunes on them,
Use up My arrows on them:
Wasting famine, ravaging plague,
Deadly pestilence, and fanged beasts
Will I let loose against them,
With venomous creepers in dust.
The sword shall deal death without,
As shall the terror within,
To youth and maiden alike,
The suckling as well as the aged.
I might have reduced them to naught,
Made their memory cease among men,
But for fear of the taunts of the foe,
Their enemies who might misjudge
And say, "Our own hand has prevailed;
None of this was wrought by the Lord!"
For they are a folk void of sense,
Lacking in all discernment.
Were they wise, they would think upon this,
Gain insight into their future:
"How could one have routed a thousand,
Or two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
The Lord had given them up?"
For their rock is not like our Rock,
In our enemies' own estimation.
Ah! The vine for them is from Sodom,
From the vineyards of Gomorrah;
The grapes for them are poison,
A bitter growth their clusters.
Their wine is the venom of asps,
The pitiless poison of vipers.
Lo, I have it all put away,
Sealed up in My storehouses,
To be My vengeance and recompense,
At the time that their foot falters.
Yea, their day of disaster is near,
And destiny rushes upon them.
For the Lord will vindicate His people
And take revenge for His servants,
When He sees that their might is gone,
And neither bond nor free is left.
He will say: Where are their gods,
The rock in whom they sought refuge,
Who ate the fat of their offerings
And drank their libation wine?
Let them rise up to your help,
And let them be a shield unto you!
See, then, that I, I am He;
There is no god beside Me.
I deal death and give life;
I wounded and I will heal:
None can deliver from My hand.
From Parshat Haazinu. 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
Spread the gospel's joyful tidings, Brought by angels above, Tell the world that God is gracious, And His very name is love.
"Let Your Light So Shine!"
From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Buddhist Quote of the Day
If you're respectful by habit, constantly honoring the worthy, four things increase: long life, beauty, happiness, strength.
-Dhammapada, 8, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Celebrity Quote of the Day
God knows the truth in all of this, and at the end of the day, that is the only thing that matters. Jesus was persecuted, and I'm going to get persecuted, ya know?
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Hindu Quote of the Day
Enlightenment is merely an impersonal happening. We give it the taint of personal achievement. Therefore the question arises, "What is an enlightened being like?" There is no such thing as an enlightened person. Enlightenment is merely another event. There is a flood, a fire, an earthquake; there is enlightenment, just as one happening in the whole process, all part of the phenomenal process.
Reprinted with permission from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus," edited by Timothy Freke, published by Godsfield Press. The book can be purchased online through Amazon.
Holistic Living Quote of the Day
Thought of the Day: In yearning for nothing, you will be free to enjoy what you do, free to see the patterns, free to hear the music in all things.
-Barbara Ann Kipfer
From Self Meditation, Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing Inc.
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Muslim Quote of the Day
When one of you plants a tree, the fruits of which all creatures enjoy, let it be written as charity.
-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Anas bin Malik
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Anas bin Malik
From "The Bounty of Allah." Hadith translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.
Norris Chumley Tip of the Day
Some of us unconsciously want to be fat, I see clearly now, in order to protect ourselves from something that's painful, dangerous, or uncomfortable. Some people I work with just cannot or will not make changes to let themselves lose weight. They keep doing the same things over and over again. Their bad habits have total control over them. They keep on eating way too much – inputting so much more extra nutritional energy than they need. Some keep eating their binge food compulsively, still mistakenly thinking that they will get some comfort or release. Others refuse to move: they will not walk, or stretch, or ever go to a gym or community center or work with a trainer. This was a mystery to me at first. Now, I have begun to see why this happens with a special few. THE PROBLEM IS NOT ABOUT WEIGHT, FOOD, OR EXERCISE PER SE. The problem with those who cannot or will not make changes is that there's something very deep down inside that is causing pain or illness: be it physical, like thyroid trouble, or diabetes, etc., or psychological--a hidden trauma, guilt or shame, or spiritual-- lack of connection with God. No amount or kind of food, bad habits, or inactivity will get to the core of these problems.
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Relationship Quote of the Day
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
O Lord, omnipotent Father, we give you thanks for having given us children. They are our joy, and we accept with serenity the worries, fears, and labors which bring us pain. Help us to love them sincerely. Through us you gave life to them; from eternity you knew them and loved them. Give us the wisdom to guide them, patience to teach them, vigilance to accustom them to the good through our example.
Support our love so that we may receive them back when they have strayed and make them good. It is often so difficult to understand them, to be as they would want us to be, to help them go on their way. Grant that they may always see our home as a haven in their time of need. Teach us and help us, O good Father, through the merits of Jesus, your Son and our Lord.
Source: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Picayune, MS