Spirituality concerns an ancient and primal search for meaning that is as old as humanity itself and…belongs – as an inherent energy – to the evolutionary unfolding of creation itself.
~Diamuid O’Murchu, Reclaiming Spirituality
Christian spirituality is intensely practical and real for it is the way we live out our professed beliefs. It is a spirituality of relations: not simply our relationship with God, but very human, embodied relations in the here and now… Further, our spirituality is reflected in our relationship to all of creation, not just our own little circle of people whose lives touch ours directly.
~Margaret Guenther, The Practice of Prayer
Spirituality is our awareness of and relationship to the Mystery of life and our conscious response to it. Spirituality is our listening to God in all of life, (all ways and always) and our “choiceful” response.
I use the term spirituality to refer to our way of being in the world in light of the Mystery at the core of the universe; a mystery that some of us call God.
~Maria Harris, Proclaim Jubilee
The Spirit is life, ruah, breath, wind. To be spiritual is to be alive, filled with ruah, breathing deeply, in touch with the wind. Spirituality is a life-filled path, a spirit-filled way of living.
~Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality
The spiritual journey is about movement beyond the self—especially toward greater unity with the life-source –but this process takes place within the overall context or reality’s interdependence…in its broadest sense, spirituality centers on our awareness and experience of relationality.
~Katherine Zappone, Hope for Wholeness
For me, the heart of the spiritual quest is to know “the rapture of being alive” and to allow that knowledge to transform us into celebrants, advocates, defenders of life wherever we find it.
~Parker Palmer, The Active Life
God is at home: it is we who have gone out for a walk. ~Meister Eckhart
(Christian) Spirituality is understood to include not merely the techniques of prayer, but more broadly, a conscious relationship with God, in Jesus Christ, through the indwelling of the Spirit and in the context of the community of believers.
~Philip Sheldrake, Exploring Christian Spirituality
I believe that fundamentally spirituality has to do with becoming a person in the fullest sense.
~ John McQuarry, Exploring Christian Spirituality
My whole being pulsates
With the fire of desire
For our everlasting union.
My very breath is but Yours.
My heart is a limitless beason
Of Your Love.
My Spirit, being Yours,
Is the light of the world.
My eyes but radiate and reflect
Our Perfect Love.
My very essence vibrates with You
As the harmony of music
Not yet heard.
My vision is but Your Love
Flowing through me,
Seeing only its own reflection.
My only fulfillment is following Your
Directions and Guidance.
My voice, being Yours, can only bless.
My prayer is but an eternal song of gratitude,
That You are in me,
And I am in You.
And that I live in Your Grace
~Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth
Will be at peace with you. Enter eagerly into the
Treasure house that is within you, you will see the
Things that are in heaven; for there is but one single
entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the
Kingdom is hidden within your soul…Dive into
Yourself, and in your soul you will discover the stairs
By which to ascend.
~Saint Isaac of Ninevah
The reality that is present to us and in us:
Call it Being…Silence.
And the simple fact that by being attentive,
By learning to listen
(or recovering the natural capacity to listen)
We can find ourself engulfed in such happiness
That it cannot be explained:
The happiness of being at one with everything
In that hidden ground of Love
For which there can be no explanations….
May we all grow in grace and peace,
And not neglect the silence that is printed
In the centre of our being.
It will not fail us.
We thank you now for love, the great, the miraculous
Gift. For love in the body that comforts, for love in the
Emotional body that delights and frustrates and
Instructs, for the love of our sacred circle of friends, for
Love in the spirit beyond all walls and wounds, bounds
Love, we thank you for love, love that stirs and
soothes us, love that gathers us into all joy and delivers
us from all brokenness. Love that hears the soundless
Language, love that imagines and dreams, that can
Conquer all and willingly surrenders everything. Love
That brought us into our lives and love that will carry us
~Daphne Rose Kingma