"One who is not grateful is not yet alive, for gratitude is born of awe, wonder, and reverence."
"The truly wise person kneels at the feet of all creatures." Mechtild of Magdeburg
"Every time we birth beauty or justice or truth or compassion, we are cocreators with God birthing divinity itself."
"We are in divinity and the divinity is in us…- and by 'we' I do not mean merely the two-legged ones but the entire universe: atoms and galaxies, rain and whales, trees and fish, dogs and rabbits, and humans too."
"But who is God? God is Creator, God is constant birther of the universe, and we are called to be cocreators with God."
"'If I spent enough time with a caterpillar', [Meister] Eckhart vows, 'I would never have to prepare a sermon because one caterpillar is so full of God.'"
"All energy is interconnected."
"How nobly man is constituted by nature, and how divine is the state to which he can come by grace." Meister Eckhart
"To manifest the 'sacred' ON the 'cosmos' and to manifest it IN the 'psyche' are the same thing…Cosmos and psyche are the two poles of the same 'expressivity'; I express myself in expressing the world; I explore my own sacrality in deciphering that of the world." Paul Ricoeur, 'The Symbolism of Evil'
"There cannot but be one wisdom….Humans must therefore all agree that there is but one most simple wisdom whose power is infinite." Nicholas of Cusa, 'Opera Omnia'
"There can be no thing that does not have within it the signature of God, the Creator of life, the living substance out of which all particular manifestations arise." Howard Thurman
"Deep ecumenism is about shared heart work; it is the coming together of spiritual practioners to do heart work together no matter what our particular religious backgrounds."
"Deep ecumenism is needed today to bring forth the wisdom of all the world religions for the critical issues that our species faces at this..moment in earth history."
"Justice is not just a moral category for humans – it is a cosmic law, a cosmic 'habit', as scientist Rupert Sheldrake would say, into which humans can also fit. The quest for balance and equilibrium is built into our bodies, into our minds (dreams come to bring balance back when we are out of balanc)', and into the earth body."
"There can be no love without justice. Or as Meister Eckhart puts it, 'love will never be anywhere except where equality and unity are.'"
"Prayer is about strengthening the heart. 'Courage' comes from the French words for a large heart, and that is what prayer is about."
"Hebrew Scriptures and creation mystics like Hildegard and Eckhart understand injustice as a rupture in the cosmos itself. Justice is NOT human invention – it is built into the universe itself."
"The ultimate vocation is to serve others by responding creatively to the needs of one's times."
"Our thinking about spirituality cannot take place from armchairs or academic towers but must include the dirtying of the hands, the stretching of the heart, the opening of the mystic inside….the encountering of our greatest mystics of the past and present, the struggle for justice on many levels of society and its institutions and of our psyches, and the coming together of mystical traditions of East, West, North, and South."
"The power of our ancestors is with us very much at this time."
"Everywhere people ask, 'What can I actually do?' The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting. We can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work…can still be found in the traditinal wisdom of humankind." E. F. Schumacher, 'Small is Beautiful'
"Justice, after all, is not an anthropocentric invention any more than is interdependence or compassion. Rather, in a living cosmology, justice as well as interdependence are laws of the universe and therefore laws by which humanity ought to be living."
"Compassion is an awareness of our ontological togetherness, of the kinship of all creation and all being."
"Faith is said to drive out fear, and so does love. And the Father-Creator of all watches over even the sparrow falling from the nest, so there is no need to fear."
"Beauty is the purpose of history; peace, harmony, unity, music are different words that express the same reality. To be religious is to give your life so that the world may be more beautiful, more just, more at peace; it is to prevent egotistical and self-serving ends from disrupting this harmony of the whole." Arturo Paoli, 'Meditations on Saint Luke'