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

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

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

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

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

5 "The Great Spirit is the life that is in all things – all creatures and plants and even rocks and the minerals. All things – and I mean all things – have their own will and their own way and their own purpose." Rolling Thunder, Native American elder

6 "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'

7 "When I touch the flower, I touch my consciousness, your consciousness, and the great planet Earth at the same time….If you really touch one flower deeply, you touch the whole cosmos….When you touch one, you touch many, when you touch many, you touch one….Look more deeply, and you will see yourself as penetrating everywhere, interbeing with everyone and everything." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, 'Cultivating the Mind of Love'

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

9 "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'

10 "We are embedded in communities, circles within circles of communities, both small and large, focused and abstract. Holding up the ideal of unity, we strive to break down the walls which separate us from others – not only other nations and peoples, but other species and the natural world."

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

13 "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'

14 "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'

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

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

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

18 "Practice reverence for life. The sacred is in, with, and under all things of the world. Respond with appropriate respect and awe."

19 "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

20 "We are vessels containing the Holy One."

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 "In a real sense all life is interrelated. All people are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

23 "Take good care of the best that is within you. Self-exploration and personal growth continue throughout our lifetimes and equip us to tend to the needs of others."

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite