Aspirations Prayers and Quotes
St Frances of Assisi
- G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things that I can not change,
- the courage to change the things that I can
- and the wisdom to know the difference. …St Frances of Assisi
Ben Zoma – from Sayings of the fathers
- Who is wise? He who learns from all men.
- Who is mighty? He who can control his desires.
- Who is rich? He who is content with his portion.
- Who is to be honored? He who honors all men. …
Daily prayer of the Dalai Lama
- May I become at all times, both now and forever
- A protector for those without protection
- A guide for those who have lost their way
- A ship for those with oceans to cross
- A bridge for those with rivers to cross
- A sanctuary for those in danger
- A lamp for those without light
- A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
- And a servant to all in need.
Cheri Huber – The Key
- No one, no thing, can take your peace, your joy, you adequacy, away from you. You have to give it up voluntarily. And we give it up so easily, for just about anything: other people’s opinions, late meals, long lines, red lights. ..
No Attachment to Dust – Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T’ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils:
- Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Zen student.
- When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action of another, advise yourself not to emulate it.
- Even though alone in a dark room, be as if you were facing a noble guest. Express your feelings, but become no more expressive than your true nature.
- Poverty is your teasure. Never exchange it for an easy life.
- A person may appear a fool and yet not be one. He may only be guarding his wisdom carefully.
- Virtues are the fruit of self-discipline and do not drop from heaven of themselves as does rain or snow.
- Modesty is the foundation of all virtues. Let your neighbors discover you before you make yourself known to them.
- A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.
- To a sincere student, every day is a fortunate day. Time passes but he never lags behind. Neither glory nor shame can move him.
- Censure yourself, never another. Do not discuss right and wrong.
- Some things, though right, were considered wrong for generations. Since the value of righteousness may be recognized after centuries, there is no need to crave an immediate appreciation.
- Live with cause and leave results to the great law of the universe. Pass each day in peaceful contemplation.
St Frances of Assisi
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
- where there is injury, pardon;
- where there is doubt, faith;
- where there is despair, hope;
- where there is darkness, light;
- where there is sadness, joy;
- Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
- to be understood as to understand;
- to be loved as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive;
- it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
- and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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