Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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A Confession of Israel's Sins
Praise the LORD!
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Who can utter the mighty doings of the LORD,
or declare all his praise?
Happy are those who observe justice,
who do righteousness at all times.
Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people;
help me when you deliver them;
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory in your heritage.
Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
so that he might make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry;
he led them through the deep as through a desert.
So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
The waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.
Then they believed his words;
they sang his praise.
But they soon forgot his works;
they did not wait for his counsel.
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
and put God to the test in the desert;
he gave them what they asked,
but sent a wasting disease among them.
They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
and of Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the faction of Abiram.
Fire also broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 22:52-62


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Numbers 29:12-16

This reading is from the special Torah reading for the first two days of Sukkot. The complete Torah reading for these days is Leviticus 22:26-23:44 and Numbers 29:12-16.

On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, you shall observe a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations. Seven days you shall observe a festival of the Lord. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord: Thirteen bulls of the herd, two rams, fourteen yearling lambs; they shall be without blemish. The meal offerings with them--of choice flour with oil mixed in--shall be: three-tenths of a measure for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams, and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs. And there shall be one goat for a sin offering--in addition to the regular burnt offering, its meal offering and libation.


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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Look down, look down that lonesome road, Before you travel on; Look up, look up and greet your maker, 'Fore Gabriel blows his horn.

African American Spiritual

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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When you see with discernment, 'All fabrications are inconstant'-- you grow disenchanted with stress. This is the path to purity. When you see with discernment, 'All fabrications are stressful'-- you grow disenchanted with stress. This is the path to purity. When you see with discernment, 'All phenomena are not-self'-- you grow disenchanted with stress. This is the path to purity.

-Dhammapada, 20, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I just think that the God I serve is compassionate and loving and is forgiving. There's nothing that's happening today that he doesn't really know about, because I feel in my heart that it's in his ultimate plan. He had a beginning and he will have an end.

-Brian Littrell

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money....Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives.

-Pope Benedict XVI

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you're printing long documents, make sure to use single-spaced settings and a smaller font. Also, print on both sides of the paper if you can – and learn how to use your printer properly, so you prevent having to re-print as a result of a paper jam.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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‘The Bible,’ we are told sometimes, ‘gives us such a beautiful picture of what we should be.’ Nonsense! It gives us no picture at all. It reveals to us a fact: it tells us what we really are; it says, This is the form in which God created you, to which He has restored you; this is the work which the Eternal Son, the God of Truth and Love, is continually carrying on within you.

-F. D. Maurice, The Prayer-Book and the Lord's Prayer

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Health Quote of the Day

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Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay in, the more wrinkled you get.

-Robert Oustin

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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When consciousness is unified...all vain anxiety is left behind. There is no cause for worry, whether things go well or ill. Therefore, devote yourself to the disciplines of yoga, for yoga is skill in action.

Bhagavad Gita 2:50

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.

-M. Scott Peck

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The right time to show your good character is when you are pestered by somebody weaker than you.


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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I am a Jew, and it always seemed to me not only shameful but downright senseless to deny it.

-Sigmund Freud, quoted by Helen Walker Puner, "Freud"

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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The falcon made the king's hand his joy, and became indifferent to the search for carrion. All animals from the gnat to the elephant are of the family of God and depend on Him for sustenance. What a sustainer is God!


Rumi, "Mathnawi"

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

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The astrolabe of the mysteries of God is love.


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October 4, 2013
Du'a when planting trees or sowing seeds
Imam Jafar bin Muhammad al Sadiq advised the believers to recite either or all of the following dua’as at the time of planting trees or sowing seeds:


[A goodly word is like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches are in heaven. It yields its fruit in every season by the permission of its Lords.]

Recite 3 times

[Have you seen that which you sow? Do you cause it to grow, or are We (Allah) the grower?]

Recite, standing, facing qibla, the above noted (ii) and continue the following


[O Allah, let these (seeds) be productive, blessed. Feed us from the produce in safety and to our full satisfaction. Let these seeds produce so much that the produce be piled up in heaps. Do not deprive me from that which I seek and desire, nor put me to test and trial by allowing me to enjoy (abundant produce), for the sake of Muhammad and his pure progeny.]
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