Spiritual Heroes

This is a list of those authors, poets, filmmakers, theologians, musicians and artists who have had a huge impact on my beliefs, my wandering and wondering, and continuously spark my curiosity and questions. They have all made me see the world differently and in a much larger, broader context and to each I have been shaped into who I am.


"There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind."
- Fred Rogers


"Any time we look at our Maker with love, our importance in
our own eyes diminishes, and we are filled with awe and
humility and love for others."
- Julian of Norwich


"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult
for each other?"
- George Eliot


"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary
destiny."
- C.S. Lewis


"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love
affair."
- G. K. Chesterton


"Conviction without experience makes for harshness."
- Flannery O'Connor


"Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens."
- J.R.R. Tolkien


"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
- Annie Dillard


"Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark,
or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches
in a piece of embroidery."
- Wendell Berry


"Forever is composed of nows."
- Emily Dickinson


"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
- Simone Weil


"A faith that moves mountains is a faith that expands horizons,
it does not bring us into a smaller world full of easy answers,
but into a larger one where there is room for wonder."
- Rich Mullins


"You must build your life as if it were a work of art."

- Abraham Heschel


"Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to 
paint or sing or write, for only in such a response do we find
truth."
- Madeleine L'Engle


"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world
but leads us deeper into it."
- Henri Nouwen


"You are defined by what you embrace, not what you resist."
- Eugene Peterson


"To be alive is to be broken; to be broken is to stand in 
the need of grace."
- Brennan Manning


"The time is always right to do what is right."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do
or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer


"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
- Mother Teresa


"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether
or not they are worthy."
- Thomas Merton


"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Don't be afraid."
- Frederick Buechner


"Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand  that this, too, was a gift."
- Mary Oliver


"The only journey is the one within."
- Rainer Maria Rilke


"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
- Saint Francis of Assisi


"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing."
- Marc Chagall


"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
- John Muir


"A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books."
- Andrei Tarkovsky


"It is my opinion that art lost its creative urge the moment it
was separated from worship."
- Ingmar Bergman


"To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be 
onto something."
- Walker Percy


"Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain."
- Bob Dylan


"Even in darkness, it is possible to create light."
- Elie Wiesel


"Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine."
- Kathleen Norris


"Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary
to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of
knowledge."
- Albert Einstein


"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others."
- Gandhi


"The world tells us to seek success, power and money;
God tells us to seek humility, service and love."
- Pope Francis


"One filled with joy preaches without preaching."
- George Fox


"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say
again that you did not know."
- William Wilberforce


"Simplicity is freedom."
- Richard J. Foster


"The smallest thing when done for the love of God
is priceless."
- Saint Teresa of Avila


"I really only love God as much as I love the person I love
the least."
- Dorothy Day 


"Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we
trust utterly."
- George MacDonald


"The journey not the arrival matters."
- T. S. Eliot


"Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up
the stairs."
- Vaclav Havel


"Our life always expresses  the result of our dominant thoughts."
- Soren Kierkegaard


"Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear the most."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky


"Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness,
haste, isolation, and loneliness. You will see that the world
is not on your shoulders after all."
- Dallas Willard


"If you want freedom. Practice discipline."
- Anne Lamott


"To worship God in truth is to recongnize Him for
being who He is, and to recognize ourselves for 
what we are."
- Brother Lawrence


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits
of good put all together that overwhelm the world."
-  Desmond Tutu


"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
- Vincent Van Gogh


"If a thing loves, it is infinite."
- William Blake


"My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible veil of indifference
that falls between us and that blinds us to each other's presencem, each other's
wonder, each other's human plight."
- Eudora Welty


"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice,
here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing
the smallest right and doing it all for love."
- Therese of Lisieux


"You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God."
- Hildegard of Bingen


"Fear is the enemy of love."
- Saint Augustine of Hippo


"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music."
- Johann Sebastian Bach


"Each time a door closes, the rest of of the world opens up."
- Parker J. Palmer


"Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces
that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted
as normal and natural but is abnormal and unacceptable condition
for humanness."
- Walter Brueggemann


"Love is holy because it is like grace - the worthiness of its
object is never really what matters."
- Marilynne Robinson


"Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come."
- Jane Kenyon


"God's people are his plan to respond to the needs of the
oppressed in our world."
- Gary Haugen


"Resolved, never to do anything which I should be 
afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life."
- Jonathan Edwards


"Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything.
People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us
fall to our knees."
- Gregory of Nyssa


“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is 
more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” 
- Jean Vanier

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