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

1 "I am called to seek wholeness inside of myself. Healing begins here, in myself. Wholeness and unity begin inside of myself. If I am growing toward wholeness, then I'll be an agent of wholeness. If our community is an agent of wholeness, then it will be a source of life for the world around it." Jean Vanier, 'From Brokenness to Community'

2 "We are vessels containing the Holy One."

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

4 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love'

5 "In every moment of genuine love, we are dwelling in God and God in us." Paul Tillich, contemporary Protestant theologian

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

7 "The universe is a great system of vibrations we draw to us by our feelings: fear draws fear, love draws love." Lynne Sharon Schwartz, novelist, 'Fatigue Artist'

8 "All things are interconnected. What happens in one place affects all places."

9 "The world is alive and moving toward you with rare epiphanies and wonderful surprises. Remember you are standing on holy ground."

10 "Even the common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when they are loved."

11 "Seen from space, Earth has no national borders, no military zones, no visible fences. Quite the opposite. You can see how storm systems swirling above a continent may well affect the grain yield half a world away. The entire atmosphere of the planet – all the air we breathe, all the sky we fly through, even the ozone layer – is visible as the thinnest rind. The picture eloquently reminds one that Earth is a single organism." Diane Ackerman, 'The Rarest of the Rare'

12 "The real world…is not a world of isolate things, but of processes in concert." William Bryant Logan, 'Dirt'

13 "The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer, and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity, or the eternity that lies in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives." Thomas Moore, introduction

14 "We all have, without exception, a very deep longing to give – to give to the earth, to give to others, to give to the society, to work, to love, to care for this earth. That's true for every human being." Jack Kornfield, 'Roots of Buddhist Psychology'

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

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

17 "Our lives extend beyond our skins, in radical interdependence with the rest of the world." Joanna Macy

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

19 "This is the heart of our humanity – being here, open and giving to others."

20 "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

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

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

23 "Accept that you are a child of God. Sing your own song with gusto. Fulfill your mission as a copartner with the Holy One in the unfolding drama of the universe."

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

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite