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But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

+ John 16: 32-33

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Obedience Unto Death by Rita Ford
“Obedience Unto Death” by Rita Ford

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience.

+ Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”

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I crawl to you
With ten fingers smoking
From turning the pages of sin

With my spirit choking
From earning the wages of sin

A bridge away from justified

A step away from whole

Restore my soul!

+ Steve Hindalong/The Choir, “Restore My Soul” (Circle Slide – 1991)

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TODAY’S READING FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Prologue

Hence the Lord says in the Gospel,
“Whoever listens to these words of Mine and acts upon them,
I will liken to a wise person
who built a house on rock.
The floods came,
the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it did not fall,
because it had been founded on rock” (Matt. 7:24-25).

Having given us these assurances,
the Lord is waiting every day
for us to respond by our deeds to His holy admonitions.
And the days of this life are lengthened
and a truce granted us for this very reason,
that we may amend our evil ways.
As the Apostle says,
“Do you not know that God’s patience is inviting you to repent” (Rom. 2:4)?
For the merciful Lord tells us,
“I desire not the death of the sinner,
but that the sinner should be converted and live” (Ezech. 33:11).

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So I stole down to the waterfront
to escape the desert heat
Oh what on earth you gotta do around here
to try and get yourself a drink

Heard John the Baptist preaching
“Make way for the King
But if you want to recognize Him
you gotta tell me all your sins!”

+ Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love, “Welcome to Struglleville” (1994)

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TODAY’S READING FROM THE RULE OF BENEDICT

Chapter 20: On Reverence in Prayer

When we wish to suggest our wants to persons of high station,
we do not presume to do so
except with humility and reverence.
How much the more, then,
are complete humility and pure devotion necessary
in supplication of the Lord who is God of the universe!
And let us be assured
that it is not in saying a great deal that we shall be heard (Matt 6:7),
but in purity of heart and in tears of compunction.
Our prayer, therefore, ought to be short and pure,
unless it happens to be prolonged
by an inspiration of divine grace.
In community, however, let prayer be very short,
and when the Superior gives the signal let all rise together.

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A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Those who accept the will of God in their life may not inherit the earth,
but they will inherit real peace of mind.”

–A.A. Thought for the Day, Hazelden (October 2).

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