Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
--Janis Joplin

We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.
--James Anthony Froude

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
--Siddhartha Gautama

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.
--Anonymous

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
--Søren Kierkegaard

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.
--Eckhart Tolle

That which is now called the Christian religion existed among the ancients, and has never failed from the beginning of the human race, until Christ came in the flesh, whence the true religion, which was already in existence, began to be called Christian.
--Augustine Retractiones 1:13

It is said that men may not be the dreams of the gods, but rather that the the gods are the dreams of men.
--Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980), p 258.

The purpose of Buddhism is the cessation of all suffering. This suffering comes as a result of wrong perceptions or misunderstandings. Meditation, the practice of looking deeply, removes wrong perceptions and frees us from all suffering.
--Thich Nhat Hanh

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own.
--Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1553-1592)
Who laid [the earth's] cornerstone when all the stars of the morning were singing with joy, and the Sons of God in chorus were chanting praise?... Which is the way to the home of the light, and where does darkness live?... Who carves a channel for the downpour, and hacks a way for rolling thunder? What womb brings forth the ice, and gives birth to the frost of heaven...? Whose skill details every cloud and tilts the flasks of heaven...? Who makes provision for the raven when his squabs cry out to God and crane their necks in hunger?
--Job 38:6-7,19,25,29,37,41

Vatican Council II

Roman Catholic Church tombstone 1955

The pelican in her piety

Pio Pelicano

Pio Pelicano

The Pelican is excessively devoted to its children. But when these have been born and begin to grow up, they flap their parents in the face with their wings, and the parents, striking back, kill them. Three days afterward the mother pierces her breast, opens her side, and lays herself across her young pouring out her blood over the dead bodies. This brings them to life again.

In the same way, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the originator and maker of all created things begets us and calls us into being out of nothing. We, on the contrary, strike him in the face. As the prophet Isaiah says: “I have borne children and exalted them and truly they have scorned me.” We have struck him in the face by devoting ourselves to the creation rather than the creator.

That was why he ascended into the height of the cross, and, his side having been pierced, there came from it blood and water for our salvation and eternal life.

T.H. White. The bestiary: a book of beasts: being a translation frorn a Latin bestiary of the twelfth century. New York, 1954, repr. 1984.

The survival of the Earth

It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.

–Thich Nhat Hanh

The ability to find connection

mary

What Buddhism teaches is that the connection, the ability to find intimacy or connection, is inherent within us, and that if we can just surrender back into that capacity for love, that is all of our birthrights–all babies are born with that; they instinctively love their caretakers. So if we can find that again, then our relationships will take care of themselves.

Mark Epstein

Nighthawks

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Limited human distinctions

Early Christian Worship

I discovered that it was common for a Sufi to claim that she was equally at home in a synagogue, mosque, temple or a church, and was neither a Jew, nor Christian nor Muslim, because once you have glimpsed the divine, you have left these limited human distinctions behind.

–Ibn Arabi, 13th-century Sufi philosopher

When?

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Bishop John Shelby Spong

When coastal America is under water, when the subways of New York City are flooded, when drought greatly reduces the corn crop or the wheat crop in America’s heartland and causes the price of food to go up around the world, perhaps the political will to address population explosion will be present.

–Bishop John Shelby Spong

What matters is how we live

John N. Gray

John N. Gray

We’d all be better off if we stopped believing in belief. Not everyone needs a religion, but if you do you shouldn’t be bothered about finding arguments for joining or practicing one. Just go into the church, synagogue, mosque or temple and take it from there. What we believe doesn’t in the end matter very much. What matters is how we live.

—John N. Gray

The illusion of knowledge

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

–Stephen Hawking

Spirit is the living body seen from within

Spirit is the living body seen from within, and the body is the outer manifestation of the living spirit; the two beings really one.

–C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul (London 1984), p.253.