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

1 "Anything can become a disclosure of grace. We experience intimations of the divine in a lover's embrace, a rainbow, a baby's smile, a bird's flight overhead, a friend's forgiveness, a dolphin's leap, or the selfless service of a volunteer."

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

3 "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'

4 "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'

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

6 "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'

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

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

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

10 "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'

11 "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."

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

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

14 "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'

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

16 "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."

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

18 "The interrelationship of all of Creation is sensitive in a way we are just beginning to understand." Madeleine L'Engle, 'A Stone for a Pillow'

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

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

21 "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."

22 "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

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

24 "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'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite