The moment a woman comes home to herself, the moment she knows that she has become a person of influence, an artist of her life, a sculptor of her universe, a person with rights and responsibilities who is respected and recognized, the resurrection of the world begins.— Joan D. Chittister
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There is no amount of darkness that can extinguish the inner light.
The important thing is not to spend our lives trying to control the environment around us. The task is to control the environment within us.
The secret of life is to let every segment of it produce its own yield at its own pace. Every period has something new to teach us. The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle-age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity.
Hospitality means we take people into the space that is our lives and our minds and our hearts and our work and our efforts. Hospitality is the way we come out of ourselves. It is the first step towards dismantling the barriers of the world. Hospitality is the way we turn a prejudiced world around, one heart at a time.
We talk religion in a world that worships the bread but does not distribute it, that practices ritual rather than righteousness, that confesses but does not repent.
When souls really touch, it is forever.
Then space and time disappear, and all that remains is the consciousness that we are not alone in life.
Compassion makes no distinction between friends and enemies, neighbors and outsiders, compatriots and foreigners. Compassion is the gate to human community.
Compassion is not sympathy. Compassion is mercy. It is a commitment to take responsibility for the suffering of others.
Oppressors do not get to be oppressors in a single sweep.
They manage it because little by little, we make them that. We overlook too much in the beginning and wonder why we lost control in the end.
It is in community that we come to see God in the other.
It is in community that we see our own emptiness filled up. It is community that calls me beyond the pinched horizons of my own life, my own country, my own race, and gives me the gifts I do not have within me.
My limitations make space for the gifts of other people.
Without the grace of our limitations we would be isolated, dry, and insufferable creatures indeed.
Compassion for the other comes out of our ability to accept ourselves.
Until we realize both our own weaknesses and our own privileges, we can never tolerate lack of status and depth of weakness in the other.
We have learned that the things we amassed to prove to ourselves how valuable, how important, how successful we were, didn't prove it at all. In fact, they have very little to do with it. It's what's inside of us, not what's outside of us that counts.
Learning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life.
A bifurcation of loyalties that requires religious to put canon law above civil law and moral law puts us in a situation where the keepers of religion may themselves become one of the greatest dangers to the credibility - and the morality - of the church itself.
It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us.
Today we live in a world that judges its achievements by speed and busyness.
We are so busy making things happen that we have little time left to think about the value of what is happening. We urgently need people who concentrate on the meaning of life rather than simply the speed.
Our role in life is to bring the light of our own souls to the dim places around us.
Superficial people are those who simply go along without a question in the world-asking nothing, troubled by nothing, examining nothing. Whatever people around them do, they do, too. That's a sad and plastic life-routine and comfortable, maybe, but still sad.
Living well has something to do with the spirituality of wholeheartedness, of seeing life more as a grace than as a penance, as time to be lived with eager expectation of its goodness, not in dread of its challenges.
The purpose of leadership is not to make the present bearable.
The purpose of leadership is to make the future possible.
Work is not slavery, then. Work is creativity. It is the expression of ourselves that no one else can duplicate.
Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship.
. . .It does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be anything other than what they are.
I celebrate myself," the poet Walt Whitman wrote.
The thought is so delicious it is almost obscene. Imagine the joy that would come with celebrating the self — our achievements, our experiences, our existence. Imagine what it would be like to look into the mirror and say, as God taught us, "That's good.
Longing is a compass that guides us through life.
We may never get what we really want, that's true, but every step along the way will be determined by it.
Life is an exercise in the development of feeling.
When we repress feelings, we become sour and judgmental. When we live awash in great feeling over small things, we become jaded long before we have even begun to enjoy. When feelings are in balance they sweeten long days and great distances with gratitude and hope.
Spirituality without a prayer life is no spirituality at all, and it will not last beyond the first defeats. Prayer is an opening of the self so that the Word of God can break in and make us new. Prayer unmasks. Prayer converts. Prayer impels. Prayer sustains us on the way. Pray for the grace it will take to continue what you would like to quit.
In community we work out our connectedness to God, to one another and to ourselves...In human relationships I learn that theory is no substitute for love. It is easy to talk about the love of GOD; it is another thing to practice it
Mystery is what happens to us when we allow life to evolve rather than having to make it happen all the time. It is the strange knock at the door, the sudden sight of an unceremoniously blooming flower, an afternoon in the yard, a day of riding the midtown bus. Just to see. Just to notice. Just to be there.
Life is a series of lessons, some of them obvious, some of them not.
We learn as we go that dreams end, that plans get changed, that promises get broken, that our idols disappoint us.
Life is a thing of many stages and moving parts.
What we do with ease at one time of life we can hardly manage at another. What we could not fathom doing when we were young, we find great joy in when we are old. Like the seasons through which we move, life itself is a never-ending series of harvests, a different fruit for every time.
A life of value is not a series of great things well done;
it is a series of small things consciously done.
Hospitality is simply love on the loose.
Prophets are those who take life as it is and expand it.
They refuse to shrink a vision of tomorrow to the boundaries of yesterday.
We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is
The Christmas season is a gift in itself.
It releases us from the priorities of ordinary time and gives us the right to party more and pray more and love more.
The kind of "blind obedience" once theologized as the ultimate step to holiness, is itself blind. It blinds a person to the insights and foresight and moral perspective of anyone other than an authority figure.
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.
To be contemplative we must remove the clutter from our lives, surround ourselves with beauty, and consciously, relentlessly, persistently, give clutter away until the tiny world for which we ourselves are responsible begins to reflect the raw beauty that is God.
Benedictine spirituality is a consistent one: live life normally, live life thouhtfully, live life profouncly, live life well. Never neglect and never exaggerate. It is a lesson that a world full of cults and fads and workaholics and short courses in difficult subjects needs dearly to learn.
If life is really for the living, then the trick to living well is to learn to live it fully, to soak it up, to revel in it.
Getting to know ourselves and learning to control ourselves are the two great tasks of life. Don't make up strange and exotic 'penances.' Simply say no to yourself once a day, and you will be on the road to sanctity for the rest of your life.
The question is not, do we go to church;
the question is, have we been converted. The crux of Christianity is not whether or not we give donations to popular charities but whether or not we are really committed to the poor.
"Ideals are like stars," Carl Schurz wrote.
"You will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like seafarers on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny." Ideals do not determine what we do to make a living in life; They govern what we become as we do it.
Anger is not bad. Anger can be a very positive thing, the thing that moves us beyond the acceptance of evil.
We each should have 2 pockets: in 1 the message, 'I am dust & ashes;
' in the other, 'For me the universe was made.'
Imagine how happy, how holy, life would be if we ever really learn to see beauty.
Old age tells us that we ourselves have failed often, have never really done anything completely right, have never truly been perfect - anad that is completely all right. We are who we are - and so is everyone else.
There is a built-in danger in old age which, if we give in to it, makes aging one of the most difficult periods of life, rather than one of the most satisfying - which it should be. Tye danger of old age is that we may start acting old.
We punish the body and strip the earth.
And we do it in pursuit of a so-called holiness that smacks of the bogus, that denies the gifts of God, that makes us marauders on the earth.