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What is a saint? April 25, 2014

Posted by ourfriendben in Reiki, Reiki wisdom.
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“The true saint goes in and out amongst the people and eats and sleeps with them and buys and sells in the market and marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment.”

—Abu Sa’id

“How good it is for us when the Lord unsettles our lukewarm and superficial lives.”

—Pope Francis, @Pontifex

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

—Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees before the Blessed Sacrament.”

—Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

“When [13th-century Zen Master] Dogen asked the Zen cook in the Chinese temple why he didn’t have his assistants do the hard work of drying mushrooms in the hot sun, the cook said, ‘I am not other people.’ In the same way, we have to realize that this life is the only life we have. It’s ours, right now. If we don’t do the cooking ourselves, we are throwing our life away. ‘Keep your eyes open,’ Dogen instructs. ‘Wash the rice thoroughly, put it in the pot, light the fire, and cook it.’… When we cook—and live—with this kind of attention, the most ordinary acts and the humblest ingredients are revealed as they truly are.”

—Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields, “Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons for Living a Life that Matters,” tricycle

As I’m sure you know, two popes are going to be canonized (recognized as saints) this weekend. It’s unlikely that any of us will become popes, but, as these quotes show, we all have the opportunity to become saints, right where we are.

Just for today, don’t burn the rice.

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1. Frater Zee - April 25, 2014

Right on, Brother Abu! Right on, Brother Frank and Brother Larry!

Amen!

2. Huma - April 26, 2014

Elly I read the last line to my mother—-don’t burn the rice. She routinely burns the rice and asks me to cook it before I go to work. Some people should just NOT cook.

Ha!!! You know, for some reason, I’ve been giving this a lot of thought for a few months now, and I don’t think there’s a lovelier smell than perfectly-cooked rice. It’s just heavenly! People expect so much from their food now, but honestly, I could eat rice every day and enjoy that beautiful fragrance.

3. Huma - April 27, 2014

One of the most spiritual smells I remember from my past is meditating in the Vietnamese Zendo with the end of the day noises of birds and the light changing outside. At the end of each session we could smell the rice that was being cooked downstairs for our dinner—Incomparable!

What a gorgeous image!


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