spirituality

A Quote by David Spangler on gaia, spirituality, and earth

We cannot assume the sacredness nor spiritual livingness of the earth or accept it as a new ideology or as a sentimentally pleasing idea. We must experience that life and sacredness, if it is there, in relationship to our own and to that ultimate mystery we call God. We must experience it in our lives, in our practice, in the flesh of our cultural creativity. We must allow it to shape us, as great spiritual ideas have always shaped those who entertain them, and not expect that we can simply use the image of Gaia to meet emotional, religious, political, or even commercial needs without allowing it to transform us in unexpected and radical ways. The spirituality of the earth is more than a slogan. It is an invitation to initiation, to the death of what we have been and the birth of something new.

David Spangler

Source: Earth & Spirit (IC#24) Late Winter 1990, Page 44

Contributed by: Meenakshi

A Quote by Saint Ignatios of Antioch on god, christanity, teaching, actions, living, virtues, goodness, spirituality, and knowledge

We recognize a tree by its fruit, and we ought to be able to recognize a Christian by his action.  The fruit of faith should be evident in our lives, for being a Christian is more than making sound professions of faith.  It should reveal itself in practical and visible ways.  Indeed it is better to keep quiet about our beliefs, and live them out, than to talk eloquently about what we believe, but fail to live by it.

Saint Ignatios of Antioch

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by St. Nicolai Vilimirovich on god, gratitude, sacrifice, spirituality, poetry, thanksgiving, debts, service, giving, and love

Render sacrifice to God; a sacrifice of gratitude,
O you wealthy ones; according to God's mercy!
Who is wealthy and with what; with that let him barter,
Everyone with his gift; let him, the Kingdom acquire.
Whoever is wealthy with money; let him money, offer,
Whoever is rich with wheat; wheat let him distribute,
To whom wisdom is given; others, let him teach,
To him whose hands are strong; let him perform service.
Whoever knows a trade; let him honorably uphold it,
Let him conscientiously consider himself as a debtor of God.
Let him, who knows how to sing; praise God,
Only he is small, who does not know God.
Whoever received what; with that let him serve,
With mercy toward men; let him repay God,
Not all are the same, nor do all possess the same,
But a pure heart, everyone could give to God.
O pureness of heart, a sacrifice most miraculous,
For salvation, you are the crucial virtue,
And on your sacrificial altar, your incense ascends,
Arrives before the Lord, faster than anything.

Nicolai Vilimirovich

Source: Proluge of Ohrid, SACRIFICE OF GRATITUDE

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A Quote by Saint Isidore of Pelusium on god, christanity, teaching, actions, living, virtues, goodness, spirituality, and knowledge

First do, then teach, according to the example of our Lord Jesus.

Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org

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A Quote by Saitn Elizabeth the New Martyr on god, love, nieghbors, fire, cultivation, growth, peace, spirituality, souls, and spirit

It is easier for feeble straw to resist a mighty fire than for the nature of sin to resist the power of love.  We must cultivate this love in our souls, that we may take our place with all the saints.  For through their love for their nieghbor, they were all pleasing to God.

Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr

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A Quote by Saint Macarius of Egypt on good, evil, mindfulness, freedom, sin, vice, thoughts, spirituality, hope, and truth

The most important work that a spiritual wrestler can do is to enter
within the heart, there to fight Satan; to hate and repel the thoughts
that he inspires and to wage war upon him.

Saint Macarius of Egypt

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by Saint Silouan the Anthonite on god, spirituality, truth, awareness, pride, love, humility, hope, and freedom

The Lord does not reveal himself to many men because of their intellectual pride, yet they still think they possses much knowledge.  But what is their knowledge worth, if they not the Lord, know not the grace of Holy Spirit, know not how this grace comes and wherefore it is lost?  But let us humble ourselves, brethren, and the Lord will show us all things, as a loving father shows all things to his children.

Saint Silouan the Anthonite

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Silouan of Mt. Athos on god, christianity, spirituality, happiness, truth, awakening, enlightenment, humility, and peace

But to be saved, we must humble ourselves, for the proud man, even were he to be set down in Paradise would not find peace there but would be discontent, and say, "Why am I not up in the front rank?"  But the humble soul is filled with love and does not seek to be in the foreground.  The humble soul wishes good things to all men, and in all things is content.

Saint Silouan

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Peter of Damascus on god, christianity, victory, growth, action, hope, virtues, good, life, and spirituality

He who keeps in mind the way of the saints, by imitating them, not only shakes off the deadly paralysis of sin, but also takes up the life of the virtues.

Saint Peter of Damascus

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by unknown on god, christianity, spirituality, happiness, growth, peace, freedom, and love

Avoid praise, but do not be ashamed of reproach.

unknown

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints.

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

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