Spiritual Wisdom

A collection of inspiring and thought-provoking nuggets of spiritual wisdom drawn from a wealth of spiritual writing.
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‘An encounter is not an exercise in power. Nor is it a demonstration of generosity through which we seek to ‘do good to’ the other. It demands real humility and deep  vulnerability. To be present to the other, to listen to them and regard them with respect and attention, allows us to receive in our turn. This is a communion of hearts – a reciprocal gift, freely given.’  Jean Vanier - Signs of the Times

‘An encounter is not an exercise in power. Nor is it a demonstration of generosity through which we seek to ‘do good to’ the other. It demands real humility and deep vulnerability. To be present to the other, to listen to them and regard them with respect and attention, allows us to receive in our turn. This is a communion of hearts – a reciprocal gift, freely given.’ Jean Vanier - Signs of the Times

‘The Spirit is the one who brings healing to the murky places in our hearts, transforming the aching, the weary, the bleeding. The Spirit attunes us to Christ, enabling us to grow into his likeness. The Spirit always remembers.’  Lucy Mills - Forgetful Heart

‘The Spirit is the one who brings healing to the murky places in our hearts, transforming the aching, the weary, the bleeding. The Spirit attunes us to Christ, enabling us to grow into his likeness. The Spirit always remembers.’ Lucy Mills - Forgetful Heart

'It takes a lifetime to come full circle, from infant faith to mature faith, from the source of our being to its destiny. Simple faith is simply to journey in trust, like a baby, but with the wounds and scars of an adult, like a man who died on a cross, and invites us to become like 'little children', and when we follow him we discover that his footsteps lead right back, full circle, to a whole new beginning.'  Margaret Silf - Simple Faith

'It takes a lifetime to come full circle, from infant faith to mature faith, from the source of our being to its destiny. Simple faith is simply to journey in trust, like a baby, but with the wounds and scars of an adult, like a man who died on a cross, and invites us to become like 'little children', and when we follow him we discover that his footsteps lead right back, full circle, to a whole new beginning.' Margaret Silf - Simple Faith

‘And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.’  Augustine of Hippo - Confessions

‘And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.’ Augustine of Hippo - Confessions

‘The measure of your solitude is the measure of your capacity for communion. The measure of your awareness of God’s transcendent call to each person is the measure of your capacity for intimacy with others.’  Henri Nouwen - The Genesee Diary

‘The measure of your solitude is the measure of your capacity for communion. The measure of your awareness of God’s transcendent call to each person is the measure of your capacity for intimacy with others.’ Henri Nouwen - The Genesee Diary

‘The key is to move from being a victim of thoughts (the commenting, chattering mind) to being their witness (the heart’s stillness) . . . We are imprisoned by the chattering mind. Gradually we learn to distinguish the simple thought or emotion from the chatter and we discover an inner stability that grows into the silence of God.’  Martin Laird - Into the Silent Land

‘The key is to move from being a victim of thoughts (the commenting, chattering mind) to being their witness (the heart’s stillness) . . . We are imprisoned by the chattering mind. Gradually we learn to distinguish the simple thought or emotion from the chatter and we discover an inner stability that grows into the silence of God.’ Martin Laird - Into the Silent Land

‘When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. Your healing is not a straight line. You must  expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself, ‘All is lost. I have to start all over again.’ This is not true. What you have gained, you have gained.’  Henri Nouwen - The Inner Voice of Love

‘When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. Your healing is not a straight line. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself, ‘All is lost. I have to start all over again.’ This is not true. What you have gained, you have gained.’ Henri Nouwen - The Inner Voice of Love

‘Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to  others. We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes. We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and  spiritually alert.’  Pope Francis - Walking with Jesus

‘Effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages, but about our willingness to be available to others. We have to be able to dialogue with the men and women of today, to understand their expectations, doubts and hopes. We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert.’ Pope Francis - Walking with Jesus

‘To forgive is a lovely quality in God. It is equally lovely among ourselves. When distressed by guilt or overcome with remorse, never for one moment doubt God’s  forgiveness. It is the faithful companion of our sorrow. And no matter what other people have done to us do not ever withhold your smile of forgiveness.’  Basil Hume - Seven Last Words

‘To forgive is a lovely quality in God. It is equally lovely among ourselves. When distressed by guilt or overcome with remorse, never for one moment doubt God’s forgiveness. It is the faithful companion of our sorrow. And no matter what other people have done to us do not ever withhold your smile of forgiveness.’ Basil Hume - Seven Last Words

‘How easily we forget, disregarding all we have seen and heard, all that has been done for us – so distracted by our current reality. Forgive us. We need to remember. Remind us who we are.’  Lucy Mills - Forgetful Heart

‘How easily we forget, disregarding all we have seen and heard, all that has been done for us – so distracted by our current reality. Forgive us. We need to remember. Remind us who we are.’ Lucy Mills - Forgetful Heart

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