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Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

1 "To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all our attainments." Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish theologian

2 "Who is our neighbor? The Samaritan? The outcast? The enemy? Yes, yes, of course. But it is also the whale, the dolphin and the rainforest. Our neighbor is the entire community of life, the entire universe. We must love it all as our self." Brian Patrick, author

3 "To pray is to move to the center of all life and all love. The closer I come to the hub of life, the closer I come to all that receives its strength and energy from there….What does the hub represent? I think of it as my own heart, the heart of God, and the heart of the world. When I pray, I enter into the depth of my own heart and find there the heart of God, who speaks to me of love. And I recognize, right there, the place where all of my sisters and brothers are in communion with one another." Henri J. M. Nouwen, Catholic author, 'Here and Now'

4 "I propose we fall in love several times a day for the rest of our lives. You could fall in love with the galaxies – there are one trillion out there!....You could fall in love with fish and plants, animals, and birds, and with people, especially those who are different from us." Matthew Fox

5 "Life is a sacred adventure. Every day we encounter signs that point to the active presence of Spirit in the world around us."

6 "If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand." Buddha

7 "The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other – neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations."

8 "The moving finger of God in human history points ever in the same direction. There must be community." Howard Thurman

9 "If you love it enough, anything will talk with you." George Washington Carver, American who discovered over 200 uses for the peanut plant

10 "We obviously have close ties to partners, family, and friends, but we are also part of layers and layers of communities."

11 "I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter, of all that lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent." Mahatma Gandhi

12 "What are things? They are God's love become things. God communicates with us by way of all things. They are messages of love." Ernesto Cardenal, 'Abide in Love'

13 "In each of us is a seed of understanding. That seed is God." Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist author and activist

14 "Let Spirit flow through you in little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy. These deeds will add to the planet's fund of good will."

15 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many."

16 "Everything in life is speaking, is audible, is communicating, in spite of apparent silence." Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi teacher, musician and poet

17 "Accept the mystery of being loved by the Divine Magnet."

18 "Every happening great and small is a parable whereby God speaks to us." Malcolm Muggeridge, Christian journalist

19 "God is creating the entire universe, fully and totally in the present now." Meister Eckhart, 13th century mystic

20 "It feels as if everyone who acts compassionately, works to raise consciousness, to save the planet, to make a difference in some significant way is linked to everyone else who also does." Jean Shinoda Bolen, 'Crossing to Avalon'

21 "The interrelationship of all of Creation is sensitive in a way we are just beginning to understand." Madeleine L'Engle, 'A Stone for a Pillow'

22 "Everything that happens to us and everything we encounter contribute to our journey toward wholeness."

23 "Anything can become a disclosure of grace. We experience intimations of the divine in a lover's embrace, a rainbow, a baby's smile, a bird's flight overhead, a friend's forgiveness, a dolphin's leap, or the selfless service of a volunteer."

24 "Goodwill is the mightiest practical force in the universe." Talmudic saying

25 "Love is the pattern that stitches the universe together."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite