Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Prayer for Deliverance from Slanderers

A Song of Ascents.

In my distress I cry to the LORD,
that he may answer me:
“Deliver me, O LORD,
from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue.”

What shall be given to you?
And what more shall be done to you,
you deceitful tongue?
A warrior's sharp arrows,
with glowing coals of the broom tree!

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech,
that I must live among the tents of Kedar.
Too long have I had my dwelling
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
but when I speak,
they are for war.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 5:13-20


All Bible readings from the New Revised Standard Version.
Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 27:20-28:12

You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. Aaron and his sons shall set them up in the Tent of Meeting, outside the curtain which is over [the Ark of] the Pact, [to burn] from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall be a due from the Israelites for all time, throughout the ages.

You shall bring forward your brother Aaron, with his sons, from among the Israelites, to serve Me as priests: Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron. Make sacral vestments for your brother Aaron, for dignity and adornment. Next you shall instruct all who are skillful, whom I have endowed with the gift of skill, to make Aaron's vestments, for consecrating him to serve Me as priest. These are the vestments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a fringed tunic, a headdress, and a sash. They shall make those sacral vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons, for priestly service to Me; they, therefore, shall receive the gold, the blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and the fine linen.

They shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, worked into designs. It shall have two shoulder-pieces attached; they shall be attached at its two ends. And the decorated band that is upon it shall be made like it, of one piece with it: of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. Then take two lazuli stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel: six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, in the order of their birth. On the two stones you shall make seal engravings--the work of a lapidary--of the names of the sons of Israel. Having bordered them with frames of gold, attach the two stones to the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, as stones for remembrance of the Israelite people, whose names Aaron shall carry upon his two shoulder-pieces for remembrance before the Lord.


From Parshat Tetzaveh. 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

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Each time you think about that for which you are waiting, imagine that the angels are saying to you (or say to yourself), "Patience." ...Practice using the word patience as a signal to relax and trust the angels.

-Terry Lynn Taylor,
“Angel Days”

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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In this world, in order to enable society to develop, all its members have to assume responsibilites and make their contribution. If we do not make collective contributions then there will be no development.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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The only way I know how to live is in total, brutal honesty.

-Paula Abdul

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

-Laurence J. Peter

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Always look for non-aerosol options for hairspray, deodorant, and other sprays. However, if you must buy aerosol products, make sure to always completely empty them – and then recycle the cans!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.

-Basil King

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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The cheerful giver does not count the cost of what he gives. His heart is set on pleasing and sharing Him to whom the gift is given.

-Julian of Norwich

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Health Quote of the Day

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The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.

-Jack Benney

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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When from ignorance You see silver in mother-of-pearl, Greed arises. From ignorance of the Self Desire arises For the world where the senses whirl.

Ashtavakra Gita 3:2

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you've created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self-acceptance begins and self-love grows.

-don Miguel Ruiz

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

-Emil Zatopek

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Reviewing a lesson a hundred times cannot be compared with reviewing it a hundred and one times.

-Rabbi Hillel, Talmud: Hagiga

Reprinted from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,'edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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If you rely upon Allah, trusting him completely, He certainly would provide for you as He provides for the birds. The birds set out hungry in the morning, yet return satisfied at dusk.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Umar bin al-Khattab

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Umar bin al-Khattab

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.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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With unfailing kindness, your life always presents what you need to learn. Whether you stay home or work in an office or whatever, the next teacher is going to pop right up.

-Charlotte Joko Beck

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February 22, 2011
For Vocation in Daily Work
Almighty God our heavenly Father, who declarest thy glory and showest forth thy handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us, we beseech thee, in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work which thou givest us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one that serveth, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.