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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Participating in the Mystery of the Universe, God’s Plan, Strong Catholic Support for Gay Rights…

Sending happy thoughts your direction! ~The SBNR Team


Today’s Teaching:

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“There are people in the world and throughout history who have benefited many persons beyond their personal life, people whose way of being embodies such powerful concern for others and for the world they epitomize our greater human potential, such as Shakyamuni Buddha and Jesus, St. Francis, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. Such potent spiritual beings have radiated their love to all of us without discrimination.”

From: Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness
By John Makransky


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. Krista Tippett: Participating in the Mystery of the Universe
“Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton may have had their struggles with religious authorities. And they did not believe that their scientific exploration would prove or disprove the existence of God. But they believed quite fervently that their explorations and discoveries in the natural world would deepen human understanding of the nature of God, of the mind of the maker.”

2. Jonathan Ellerby: Journey to Enlightenment: All You Need More of is Your Essence
“It’s been said that if you don’t seek your total liberation of heart and mind with the passion, focus, and conviction of a man with his hair on fire looking for water, then don’t bother! On the other hand, remember that it’s okay to stay exactly as you are. There’s no need to change, unless you feel the need. There’s nothing “wrong” unless life doesn’t feel right.”

3. Rabbi Rami Shapiro: God’s Plan
“Does God have a plan for her life? This depends on how you define “God.” For this woman God is a being larger and more powerful than humans but not so different from them. God has thoughts and feelings; God has a plan, and it is always for the good. Even when it hurts. For me, God is reality. Does reality have a plan? Not the way this woman thinks.”

4. Candace Chellew-Hodge: New Poll Shows Strong Catholic Support for Gay Rights
“It’s a popular stereotype that Catholics are more conservative than their Protestant counterparts, but a new report reveals that Catholics are more supportive of gay and lesbian rights than the general population and other Christians. But, depending on how one reads the numbers, the study could be a mixed blessing for marriage equality supporters.”

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