Catholic Wisdom

Let me recognize in other men and women,
my God, the radiance of your own face.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit priest and paleontologist

Artistic Wisdom

An artist, by his paintings, taught me to see the sunset. The Master, by his teachings, taught me to the see the reality of every moment.
— Anthony De Mello in The Sun and Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Straub

Nature Wisdom

The pale flowers of the dogwood outside this window are saints. The little yellow flowers that nobody notices on the edge of the road are saints looking up into the face of God.
— Thomas Merton in Thomas Merton: Essential Writings edited by Christine M. Bochen

Zen Wisdom

Sweeping the floor, we concentrate completely on one task and
are united with all others cleaning their places.
— Gary Thorp in Sweeping Changes

Movie Lines

I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever — a vision of the universe that . . . tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves.
— Ellie in Contact

Sufi Wisdom

O Brother, the place of darkness and cold
is the fountain of life and the cup of ecstasy.
— Rumi in The Return of the Mother by Andrew Harvey


Great Spirit, behold us in kindness tonight.
Grant us the day to be our companion,
the night to be our comfort.
May we walk in kindness with all creatures.
May your sacred way be found upon the Earth.
— Daniel McGill in Forty Nights: Creation Centered Night Prayer

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