Tuning in to the Cosmic Voice of God
"To be contemplative we must become converted to the consciousness that makes us one with the universe, in tune with the cosmic voice of God. We must become aware of the sacred in every element of life. We must bring beauty to birth in a poor and plastic world. We must restore the human community. We must grow in concert with the God who is within. We must be healers in a harsh society."
— Illuminated Life
Hospitality Turns a Prejudiced World Around
"Hospitality means we take people into the space that is ourselves. . . . It is the first step toward dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around one heart at a time."
— Wisdom Distilled from the Daily
Wishing Happiness to All
"Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days and see what happens to your own soul: "I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future." If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting; if we said it when we see the ponds and lakes and streams, we would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers; if we said it to small children we would have to stop abusing them, even in the name of training; if we said it to people, we would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us. Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear, hot June day. We would change."
— In a High Spiritual Season
A Spirituality of Work
"A spirituality of work is based on a heightened sense of sacramentality, of the idea that everything that is, is holy and that our hands consecrate it to the service of God. When we grow radishes in a small container in a city apartment, we participate in creation. We sustain the globe. When we sweep the street in front of a house in the dirtiest city in the country, we bring new order to the universe. We tidy the Garden of Eden. We make God's world new again. When we repair what has been broken or paint what is old or give away what we have earned that is above and beyond our own sustenance, we stoop down and scoop up the earth and breathe into it new life again, as God did one morning in time only to watch it unfold and unfold and unfold through the ages. When we wrap garbage and recycle cans, when we clean a room and put coasters under glasses, when we care for everything we touch and touch it reverently, we become the creators of a new universe. . . . Work enables us to put our personal stamp of approval, our own watermark, the autograph of our souls on the development of the world. In fact, to do less is to do nothing at at all.
— There Is a Season
Nurturing the Impossible
"Jesus came in a crib so that we would all feel responsible for bringing goodness to life, for nurturing the impossible, for believing in the fragile things that make life worth living for everyone."
— Songs of Joy
Tidying the Garden of Eden
"When we sweep the street in front of a house in the dirtiest city in the country, we bring new order to the universe. We tidy the Garden of Eden. We make God's world new again."
— There Is a Season