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Teacher

Some people wear the title, “teacher.” In this case they may be a real spiritual teacher or they may be a helpful technician. A technician is someone who has a tool or technique that you can learn quickly and apply to your life to some benefit, but the actual person soon fades into the background of your life. There are a lot of them around these days, peddling self-help books and seminars.

A spiritual teacher — someone who has truly become what they teach — is more rare. They walk their talk. They¬†are what they teach — it radiates out of their pores. You find yourself wanting to just be with them, to watch them, to hang around after class. There is something there that you need to imprint upon, as a baby goose does with the mother goose before it too can fly. You carry these teachers in your heart all the days of your life.

— Mary Hayes Grieco, Be a Light, p. 46-47

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New vision

The humane and sustainable framework of a new world has been steadily under construction all around us for the last sixty years. It has been created by small circles of people at the fringe, but is now rising front and center in everyone’s consciousness. New visions of spiritual health and purposeful living are no longer the sole territory of little support groups in chilly church basements. There is a vast network of groups and individuals around the globe that have added their vibrating cells to a new field of resonance. As the old paradigm and its attendant institutions and systems deconstruct and fade out, it is increasingly important to stand in the new vision.

— Mary Hayes Grieco,¬†Be a Light, p. 195

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Light in the darkness

There is a Light in this world,

more powerful than any darkness

we may encounter.

We sometimes lose sight of this force

when there is so much suffering,

too much pain.

Then suddenly, the Spirit will emerge

through the lives of ordinary people

who care and answer

in extraordinary ways.

— Mother Teresa

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Awake

(now the ears of my ears awake and

the eyes of my eyes are opened)

— e.e. cummings

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Threshold

How easy

they make it look,

this letting go,

when after a hard frost

on a windless morning

the seared leaves fall,

and with what seems so

little effort they flutter

in their slow descent

as if they trust

what can’t be seen,

the thin place

holding life and death,

in this, the threshold

of the year.

— Sarah Rossiter, in Presence: An International Journal for Spiritual Direction, Vol. 19, No. 4 (December 2013), p. 31

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All is well

I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming… This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it’s no longer so. I feel happy — deep down. All is well.

— Katherine Mansfield

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Go forward in joy

In this month of thanksgiving, we can be thankful for the trials of the past, the blessings of the present, and be heartily ready at the same time to embrace with joy any troubles the future may bring.

— Dorothy Day

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