- "Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh."
— W. H. Auden in Songs of Joy by Joan Chittister
- "Beauty in craft lends delight and grace, but it is always secondary to the true aim of craft: to create something useful and usable. The intention is always humble: to do the work well. This means honoring and knowing the raw materials; there is no place for plastic and Velcro in the craftswoman's workshop. Similarly she knows and honors the instruments of her craft. St. Benedict's Rule talks about the stewardship of tools, however common and simple they may be: they are to be treated with the same reverence as the sacred vessels of the altar."
— Margaret Guenther in Toward Holy Ground
- "God speaks today, as in the past, through all religions and all cultures and all faith traditions, none of which is perfect and an exclusive avenue to truth, but all of which can learn from each other."
— Matthew Fox in A New Reformation
- "As I tried to bring a deeper quality of presence to all my works this day, I found God moving through the day with me, like a Mother, opening my eyes to beauty, quietly, joyfully, gratefully, without complaining, I welcomed all the beauty that crossed my path."
— Macrina Wiederkehr in The Song of the Seed
- "The path of metanoia is a way of glory which leads us home. . . . Metanoia (to turn the mind, to be in your right mind), . . . means the restoration of mind, the coming together of the shattered fragments of the self. It means a turning to God as the source and power of life."
— Alan Jones in Journey into Christ
- "I found this to be strangely comforting. I will grow old and wear out like a garment. Like the stairwell light switch, my inner circuit breakers won't work so reliably or maybe they won't work at all. Like my laundry room floor, my looks will show wear and tear, to say nothing of neglect. Like some of those beloved garments in the back of the closet, my fabric will become thin and worn; eventually it won't be of much use to anyone, least of all to me."
— Margaret Guenther in Just Passing Through
- "Traditionally Christianity and Buddhism have both aimed at a surmounting of egotism and its replacement by compassion. But the means have differed. Buddhism has relied on mindfulness training whereby the individual gradually detaches herself from her selfish desires. Christianity has relied on the experience of unconditional love and acceptance in a relationship to God and the community of believers to transform the individual from self-concern to love of others."
— James W. Jones in Mirror of God
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