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Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles. . . Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

— Matthew 14:10-11, 17-20, NRSV




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Wisdom from Fellow Pilgrims

What makes authentic disciples is not visions, ecstasies, biblical mastery of chapter and verse, or spectacular success in the ministry, but a capacity for faithfulness. Buffeted by the fickle winds of failure, battered by their own unruly emotions, and bruised by rejection and ridicule, authentic disciples may have stumbled and frequently fallen, endured lapses and relapses, gotten handcuffed to the fleshpots and wandered into a far county. Yet, they kept

— Brennan Manning'

Pray Together with Us

Most loving Father, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties and grant that no clouds of this mortal life

may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal

and which you have manifested unto us in your Son

Jesus Christ our Lord.

— William Bright