SHARES OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The Road to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments” by Gertrude Himmelfarb.

Today I pray, “Dear God, Thank You for allowing us to be here, reading books and thoughts and emotions and shares of enlightenment. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:

“To look upon religion as the ultimate source of morality, and hence of a good society and a sound policy, is not demeaning to religion. On the contrary, it pays religion — and God — the great tribute of being essential to the welfare of mankind. And it does credit to man as well, who is deemed capable of subordinating his lower nature to his higher, of venerating and giving obeisance to something above himself.”
—GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB

In religion rests the futile nature of the higher self made tangible. It passes away. Yet the higher self lives eternally. In money rests the futile nature of the lower self made tangible. It passes away. Yet the lower self becomes the higher self, which lives eternally.

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