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

1 "All the inhabitants of the world – the trees, flowers, fields, streams, hills, rocks, dolphins, bears, birds, and babies – are our relations, as Native Americans express it."

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

3 "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."

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

5 "No matter what form our job or activity takes, the content is the same as everyone else's: we are here to minister to human hearts. If we talk to anyone, or see anyone, or even think of anyone, then we have the opportunity to bring more love into the universe." Marianne Williamson, 'A Return to Love'

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

7 "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'

8 "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'

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

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

11 "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

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

13 "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."

14 "Treat everyone you meet just like you would if you just had your breath taken away by the most beautiful person in the world. Treat each situation in the day as though you were head-over-heels in love." Scout Cloud Lee, Native American elder

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

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

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 "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."

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

20 "If I deny the oneness of man, I deny the oneness of God. Therefore I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity, I am hungry and incomplete." Norman Cousins, American editor

21 "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'

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

23 "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'

24 "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

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite