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

1 "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

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

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

4 "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'

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

6 "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'

7 "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

8 "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."

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

10 "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'

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

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

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

14 "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'

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

16 "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."

17 "The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other – neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations."

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

19 "It feels as if everyone who acts compassionately, works to raise consciousness, to save the planet, to make a difference in some significant way is linked to everyone else who also does." Jean Shinoda Bolen, 'Crossing to Avalon'

20 "I propose we fall in love several times a day for the rest of our lives. You could fall in love with the galaxies – there are one trillion out there!....You could fall in love with fish and plants, animals, and birds, and with people, especially those who are different from us." Matthew Fox

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 "We are vessels containing the Holy One."

23 "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

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

25 "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'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite