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Community calls for open mind and open heart

Community calls for open mind and open heart...to be a place where the truth of the one-ness of human community shatters all barriers, refuses all prejudice, welcomes all strangers, listens to all voices. We must ask what God wants for the world, rather than simply what we want. We need the wisdom of humility now. We need that quality of life that makes it possible for humanity to see beyond itself, to value the other, to touch the world gently and peacefully and make the whole world better as we move ahead.

~ Joan Chittister in "Spirituality and Health" -- Nov/Dec 2003

Golden repair

There is a Japanese word, kintsukuroi, that means "golden repair." It is the art of restoring broken pottery with gold so the fractures are literally illuminated—a kind of physical expression of its spirit. As a philosophy, kintsukuroi celebrates imperfection as an integral part of the story, not something to be disguised...In kintsukuroi, the true life of an object (or a person) begins the moment it breaks and reveals that it is vulnerable. 

~ Georgia Pellegrini

The Blossom vanishes of itself

The Blossom vanishes of itself
As the fruit grows.
So will your lower self vanish
As the Divine grows within you.

~ Vivekananda
Meditation and Its Methods According to Swami Vivekananda
By Swami Vivekananda, edited by Swami Chetanananda, foreword by Christopher Isherwood

Only through an inner spiritual transformation

Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

For compassion to move from feeling to action

For compassion to move from feeling to action it must practice the art of power. Spiritual action requires an alliance of love, power, and justice. As Paul Tillich said: in both interpersonal and political relationships love, power, and justice are inseparable. Without love, power becomes tyrannical and justice is only a name for the rule of strong. Without power, love is reduced to sentimentality and justice to an impotent ideal. Without justice, love is a perverse dance of domination and submission.

~ Pam Keen in "Spirituality and Health" Summer 2002

Non-violence is a power which can be wielded equally by all

Non-violence is a power which can be wielded equally by all—children, young men and women, the elders, provided they have a living faith in the Source of Love and have therefore equal love for all humankind. When non-violence is accepted as the law of life it must pervade the whole being and not be simply applied to isolated acts.

~ Mohandas Gandhi

We must cultivate the science of human relationships

FDR left a handwritten speech in a drawer when he died (to deliver at the UN). He wrote, "If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships—the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together, in the same world, at peace... The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."

~ in PROPHET by Douglas Gillies

We must love them both

We must love them both—those whose opinions we share, those whose opinions we don't share. They've both labored in the search for truth and have helped us in finding it.

~ Thomas Aquinas

Compassion makes us womb-like

The Hebrew word for compassion comes from the same root as the word womb, suggesting that compassion makes us womb-like, nurturing of life. With compassion we enable all things to grow into their most beautiful and complete form.

~ Estelle Frankl in "Parabola" Spring, 2003

Making peace between one another

Shall I inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice tear up heavenly blossoms by the roots.

~ Muhammad
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