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

1 "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

2 "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."

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

5 "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."

6 "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'

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

8 "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.

9 "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."

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

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

13 "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

14 "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'

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

16 "We are vessels containing the Holy One."

17 "Everything that happens to us and everything we encounter contribute to our journey toward wholeness."

18 "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."

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

20 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many."

21 "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'

22 "The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer, and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity, or the eternity that lies in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives." Thomas Moore, introduction

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite