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

1 "One day when I was sitting quiet and feeling like a motherless child, which I was, it came to me: that feeling of being part of everything, not separate at all….I knew that if I cut a tree, my arm would bleed." Alice Walker, 'The Color Purple'

2 "Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically." Madeleine L'Engle

3 "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

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

5 "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world." Mother Teresa

6 "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'

7 "It is very significant indeed that physics now sees the whole universe as a web of dynamic interrelationships. When we come to the human person, our lives are also a network of interrelationships." Bede Griffiths

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

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

10 "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'

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

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

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

14 "Your encounters with others reveal your connection with the Oneness."

15 "We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist poet

16 "Fall in love over and over again every day. Love your family, your neighbors, your enemies and yourself. And don't stop with humans. Love animals, plants, stones, even the galaxies."

17 "I have often felt myself to be a point of light, connected to everyone I have ever loved or mattered to, each also being a point of light, in turn connected to those they love, so that somehow we are all part of a vast web of twinkling lights." Jean Shinoda Bolen, 'Crossing to Avalon'

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

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

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

21 "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'

22 "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'

23 "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

24 "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

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite