Thursday, January 13, 2011

Brian’s Reflection: Friday, January 14, 2011

Do something for somebody everyday
for which you do not get paid.

Albert Schweitzer, healer, philosopher;
musician; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
(1952); he was born on this day, 1875

Talk all we want. Pray all we want.

Schweitzer’s words point to the essence of Love and Compassion, Generosity and Kindness. And they are the heart of “spiritual” and religious life ….. and of Prayer.

Prayer, for me, has nothing to do with cajoling some Deity into doing what must be our own work. In Prayer, we speak to the Divine Within, seeking insight and courage and wisdom ….. to ACT, in Love and Compassion, Generosity and Kindness. It doesn’t matter how simple or “grand”. Like all Love, no reciprocation is required. Love is its own blessing, and deepens our Humanity. It is its own reward.

More than any worship, this will transform us.

To be authentic, it must be free.


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