• "All we do our whole lives is go from one little piece of holy ground to another."
    — J. D. Salinger in Pray All Ways by Edward Hays
  • "Humor gives a people dignity in situations that denigrate them. Laughter gives us relief from the burden of dailiness. No amount of coercion can break an unbreakable spirit, humor teaches us. And someday that cagey old man, buried deep in our spirits, becomes the patron saint of our own silent, laughing resistance to systems that reject us but cannot survive our disdain. Humor cuts oppressors down to size, takes their sting away, renders them powerless to destroy us. Don't give in to what diminishes you. Learn to laugh at it and reduce its power over you."
    — Joan Chittister in Songs of Joy
  • "To prevent questions from weighing us down, we must raise them. The longer we wait, the heavier they get, like a thatched roof in the rain. People who are afraid of raising questions run the risk of getting crushed under them. When we raise a question all the way, we find that the answer to every 'Why?' is 'Yes!' This sets us free."
    — David Steindl-Rast in Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer
  • "Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure."
    — Macrina Wiederkehr in Tree Full of Angels
  • "Indeed, those of us who are in ministry should make the necessary effort to acquaint ourselves with as many of these Eastern techniques as possible. . . . Many Christians who take their prayer life seriously have been greatly helped by Yoga, Zen, TM and similar practices, especially where they have been initiated by reliable teachers and have a solidly developed Christian faith to give inner form and meaning to the resulting experiences."
    — M. Basil Pennington in Finding Grace at the Center by Thomas Keating, Thomas E. Clark, M. Basil Pennington
  • "Angels, mysteries of God's imagination, invitations to obedience and servants visiting earth, are the Creator's call to each of us to reconsider, change, be transformed. They urge us to turn again toward each other and love. They watch and wait for us at home, knowing we are crucial to the heart of God incarnate. They care about us and come to visit and deliver God's word to us. These angels of God are envelopes waiting for our replies."
    — Megan McKenna in Angels Unawares
  • "The coyote howling in the night calls for God and so does the hooting owl. The gentle dove coos for God and does not know it. The little calf mooing for its mother is also calling God, as is the lion who roars and the croaking frogs. All creation calls God, in all its many languages. Lovers and poets as well as monks in prayer also cry to God."
    — Ernesto Cardenal in Abide in Love

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