Reflection 5.24.17

05/24/2017

Every spiritual master in every tradition talks about the significance of small things in a complex world. Small actions in social life, small efforts in the spiritual life, small moments in the personal life. All of them become great in the long run, the mystics say, but all of them look like little or nothing in themselves.

~Joan Chittister


Reflection 4.28.17

04/28/2017

Anger is not bad. Anger can be a very positive thing, the thing that moves us beyond the acceptance of evil.

~Joan Chittister, OSB

 


Reflection 3.20.17

03/20/2017

The Talmud reads, “Never pray in a room without windows.” Never pray without the world in mind, in other words. The purpose of the spiritual life is not to save us from reality. It is to enable us to go on co-creating it.

~Joan Chittister


Reflection 11.11.16

11/11/2016

We must learn to pray out of our weaknesses so that God can become our strength.

~Joan Chittister


Reflection 8.13.16

08/13/2016

A spirituality of work is based on a heightened sense of sacramentality, of the idea that everything that is, is holy and that our hands consecrate it to the service of God. When we grow radishes in a small container in a city apartment, we participate in creation. We sustain the globe. When we sweep the street in front of a house in the dirtiest city in the country, we bring new order to the universe. We tidy the Garden of Eden. We make God’s world new again. When we repair what has been broken or paint what is old or give away what we have earned that is above and beyond our own sustenance, we stoop down and scoop up the earth and breathe into it new life again, as God did one morning in time only to watch it unfold and unfold and unfold through the ages.

~Joan Chittister, There Is a Season


Reflection 4.19.16

04/19/2016

Every spiritual master in every tradition talks about the significance of small things in a complex world. Small actions in social life, small efforts in the spiritual life, small moments in the personal life. All of them become great in the long run, the mystics say, but all of them look like little or nothing in themselves.

~Joan Chittister


Reflection 12.11.15

12/11/2015

Don’t tell me what you hope for. Tell me what you are doing to bring it. Then you will know both patience and justice.

~Joan Chittister