|"The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt|
— Hazrat Inayat Khan
"It is the highest and holiest of the paradoxes that the man who really knows he cannot pay his debt will be forever paying it. He will be for ever giving back what he cannot give back, and what he cannot be expected to give back. He will be always throwing things away into a bottomless pit of unfathomable thanks." — G. K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi
The recompense of penance is joy
The Esoteric Lord's Prayer, by Rudolf Steiner
You who were, are, and will be in our inmost being:
May your name be glorified and praised in us.
May your kingdom grow in our deeds and in our inmost lives.
May we perform your will as you, Father, lay it down in our inmost being.
You give us spiritual nourishment, the bread of life, superabundantly in all the changing conditions of our lives.
Let our mercy toward others make up for the sins done to us.
You do not allow the tempter to work in us beyond the capacity of our strength.
For no temptation can live in your being, Father, and the tempter is only appearance and delusion, from which you lead us, Father, through the light of knowledge.
May your power and glory work in us through all periods and ages of time.