Jewish Wisdom

Blessings keep our awareness of life's holy potential ever present. They awaken us to our own lives. . . . With each blessing uttered, we extend the boundaries of the sacred and ritualize our love of life.
— Lawrence Kushner in The Book of Words

Protestant Wisdom

For some people, laundry seems to satisfy a need for ritual. A television commentator with a hectic schedule once told me that the best, most contemplative part of his day was early morning, a time he set aside for laundering and ironing his shirts.
— Kathleen Norris in The Cloister Walk

Catholic Wisdom

There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions.
— Hans Kung in Pathways to Peace


It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
— Irish proverb

Music Lyrics

You are the beauty of the dancer.
You are the beauty of the song.
You are the beauty all around you.
You are standing right where you belong.
— "The Beauty of the Dancer" by Sara Thomsen

Psychological Wisdom

Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do,
and doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight
in doing it. And the DELIGHT is the sense of the sacred.
— Helen Luke, Jungian psychologist


There is power here . . .
So we watch the flames closely,
reminded of the fire within ourselves
that burns both gentle and savage.
— Meta Herrick Carlson in Ordinary Blessings

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