May 22, 2017

We cannot change the whole world. We cannot make everyone’s situation what we perhaps would like it to be. But if we just try, one life at a time, to show others that there is hope, that others do care, perhaps the world will change around us in ways that we may never see, or truly understand.

May 21, 2017

Perhaps the secret of living well lies not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

- Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom
May 21 : Rachel Naomi Remen

May 20, 2017

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.

- Henri J.M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
May 20 : Henri J.M. Nouwen

May 19, 2017

To be joyful in the universe is a brave and reckless act. The courage for joy springs not from the certainty of human experience, but the surprise. Our astonishment at being loved, our bold willingness to love in return – these wonders promise the possibility of joyfulness, now matter how often and how harshly love seems to be lost.

May 17, 2017

In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us.

- Peter Matthiessen, in Sy Safransky, Paper Lanterns
May 17 : Peter Matthiessen

May 16, 2017

… you can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
May 16 : Anne Lamott

May 15, 2017

Beyond the beliefs of any one religion, there is the truth of the human spirit. Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart. Beyond the ordinary mind, the power of wisdom, love, and healing energy are at work in the universe.

May 14, 2017

Like the mother of the world who carries the pain of the world in her heart, each of us is part of her heart and therefore endowed with a certain measure of cosmic pain. You are sharing in the totality of that pain. You are called to meet it in joy instead of self-pity.

May 13, 2017

Every day we could think about the aggression in the world … All over the world, everybody always strikes out at the enemy, and the pain escalates forever. Every day we could reflect on this and ask ourselves, “Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?” Every day, at the moment when things get edgy, we can just ask ourselves, “Am I going to practice peace, or am I going to war?”

- Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart
May 13 : Pema Chödrön