St. Augustine of Hippo

I read a book last week that may or may not count as cheating on the whole “giving up self-help books” thing.  The book is Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and I’ll just call it a memoir.  In one of the last chapters she included this quote, which I loved and took as validation  for my bleeding heart.

“Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ;

rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones;

soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones;

shield your joyous ones.

And all for your love’s sake.”

The prayer was attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo.

MLK

In honor of his birthday, here are a few great quotes from Martin Luther King Jr:

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ”

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”

 

Oneness 2

I am still reading the book Oneness.  Here is another quote from it.  I think it is appropriate this week before Christmas when even the “true meaning” of the holiday may be hard for some to accept.

“Your obligation is not to the so-called “truth,” that may have been handed down through generations of misguided seekers.  Your obligation is to the truth that has been unearthed within the depths of your own heart-and to that alone.

For each of you, there is only one truth: your truth.  It is contradictory to the very concept of spiritual devotion to subscribe to a school of thought forced upon you by the might of the masses, when such concepts violate what you know to be your own inner truth.”

John Lennon

Last week was the anniversary of John Lennon’s death.  Here is a quote that reminds me what a great soul he was!

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.” -John Lennon