He is truly great who is great in charity.
— Thomas A. Kempis in The Imitation of Christ
Know that it is impossible to cultivate high minded notions about living positively and to leave body out of the picture. Accepting and loving your body is crucial to good health.
— Stephanie Dowrick in Choosing Happiness
When you love someone, don’t love him according to your preferences and desires, but according to his preferences or desires.
— Rabbi Yonah of Gerondi in Every Day Holy Day by Alan Morinis
— One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured so much the better.
— Iris Murdoch in The Sea, The Sea
For we may not live a holy life, we live in a world alive with holy moments. We need only to take the time to bring these moments into light.
Kent Nerburn in Small Graces
Put something unusual on a finger of your dominant hand. Some possibilities include a different ring, a Band-Aid, a dot of nail polish on one nail, or a small mark made with a colored pen. Each time you notice the marker, remember to use loving hands, loving touch.
— Jan Chosen Bays, How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness.
For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
For friends in a world where many walk alone
We give you humble thanks, oh Lord.
— Brenda Knight in The Grateful Table