"In speaking to those who have had near-death experiences and deathbed visions in which they rise out of the myopia of daily life, we are told that all events happen for the greater good, that nothing is accidental or without the capacity to spur our evolution as loving co-creators with God."
Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic
(Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)
"No effort for human good is wasted, no good work fails. The form in which the work is embodied may crumble, but the life remains."
The Spiritual Life
"From the beginning of all things prevailed divine goodness, without which nothing could have continued to exist." 'Haggadah' (early Kabbalah)
The Other Bible
(Willis Barnstone, editor)
"What you are is genuinely, basically good."
"All things – not only those that have knowledge, but also those without….All things are destined and directed by God to good, and this is done in such a way that in each one is a principle by which it tends of itself to good as if seeking good itself, as if reaching for it of its own accord. For this reason it is said in the Book of Wisdom (8:1) that divine wisdom 'orders all things sweetly' because each one by its own motion tends to that for which it has been divinely destined." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 22, a. 1
Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality
"The urge-to-good pervades every aspect of the planetary Life from the smallest atom of substance, through all the intermediate living forms, on and up to the Logos Himself."
The Rays and The Initiations
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Our true mind is not restricted to our intellectual or cognitive power, but is a fundamental goodness or 'good heart' that is at the core of every being." Christine Longaker, founding director of the Buddhist Rigpa Fellowship, 'What Counts at the Moment of Death'
Experiencing the Soul
(Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)
“Seeing the universe at root as fundamentally benign is the common perception of the mystic suffused with divine love.”
(Richard Smoley and Jay Kinney)
"I believe that the world records everything good and useful that is done in it; it notes and assimilates to itself every movement and every impulse that is fitted to harmonize with its own becoming, of whose real goodness there can be no doubt."
Writings in Time of War
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)
“Having ultimately attained through right thinking, right feeling, and right living to the condition of the beautiful within ourselves, with enraptured vision we can respond in perfect measure to the eternal beauty which flows from the inexhaustible fountain of the one Good.”
Lectures on Ancient Philosophy
(Manly P. Hall)
"Such is the organic cosmos; do but survey it and you will perchance hear something like this: 'I am fashioned by a God. From that God I issued perfect, lacking nothing, fitted for that which I am to do. In myself I contain all that exists, every plant and every living creature, and all created objects, and all beings of the spirit realm, and risen souls, and all men who trust in the Good….Everything within me strives toward the Good. Every part of my diversity, in its own measure, attains. From that Centre, that Good, the heavens depend, and my own soul, and the Divinity that is in my every part, and all that lives and grows." Plotinus
Men Who Have Walked With God
"Every being is good, since He who is the Creator of all being whatever is supremely good." St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion'
The Book of Catholic Quotations
(John Chapin, Editor)