Robert J. Wicks

A dangerous listener

Being prophetic means, first and foremost, being a dangerous listener.
~ Robert J. Wicks

A healthy sense of self-love

While all major religions rightly expect people to help others in need, paradoxically the real refreshing, and mysterious challenge of spiritual life is not primarily to give love, but to receive it. For when our hearts are alive with love, we can, and do, spontaneously share with a sense of mitzvah (giving and expecting nothing in return)... With a healthy sense of self-love, the call from God to love others as we love ourselves is transformed from an exterior command into a powerful interior attitude of hope that can lead to true compassion, sound friendship, and effective social action.

~ from TOUCHING THE HOLY by Robert J. Wicks

Liken Yourself to a Beautiful Original Part of Creation

Liken yourself to a beautiful original part of creation—a true work of art. Then each day ask yourself how you are living: either in ways that show gratitude for this beauty or in ways that indicate how you are defacing it.

 
 
~ from Snow Falling on Snow by Robert J. Wicks

Listening is a lost art that can be gracefully recovered

Listening is a lost art that can be gracefully recovered
in silence and solitude.

~ Robert J. Wicks

In this sacred space, the goal is not to hide from others

When we sit prayerfully in silence and solitude we are entering the desert, our desert. In this sacred space, the goal is not to hide from others, devoid of pain, or to hold ourselves apart from and above the community in which we live. It is to receive the grace to learn to face ourselves directly so we can learn to live ordinariness, to live ethically and generously with others.

~ from TOUCHING THE HOLY by Robert J. Wicks

Spiritual growth occurs only when insight encourages both our hears and minds to give up

Spiritual growth occurs only when insight encourages both our hears and minds to give up the "advantages" of staying the same for something greater yet unknown.

~ from REFLECTIONS by Robert J. Wicks

Different turns on the same road

Self-awareness, compassion, and contemplation are different turns on the same road to finding and living the truth.

~ Robert J. Wicks
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