"How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves!"
"Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change."
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."
"Matter and spirit must be recognized as inseparable in Christ before we have the courage and insight to acknowledge and honor the same in ourselves and in the entire universe."
"Know then that the body is merely a garment. Go seek the wearer, not the cloak."
"An African theologian, [Kwame] Bediako, says that every time the Bible is translated it releases new meanings. [...] Every time the Bible is translated, you enter a culture and a language system that is unique. And the Bible is true and gets into those rhythms and those idioms and there’s more truth there. So the truth is kind of endless, and each culture, dialect, and language gives a new chance to express something nobody has ever quite done this way before."
"Orthodoxy as right belief will cost us little; indeed, it will allow us to sit back with our Pharisaic doctrines, guarding the ‘truth’ with the purity of our interpretations. But orthodoxy, as believing in the right way, as bringing love to the world around us and within us … that will cost us everything. For to live by that sword, as we all know, is to die by it."
"I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes."
"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut… If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write."
"Read with the mind-set of a carpenter looking at trees."
"The ugly fact is books are made out of books."
"The intellectual is, quite simply, a human being who has a pencil in his or her hand when reading a book."
"Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love."
"All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others."
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
"If you find yourself thinking about something nonstop and noticing it everywhere, odds are you have something to say about it. Or at least a question to ask about it. And maybe you should be finding a way to communicate that to the world."
"Strangely I have found in my own life that it is only through a wintry spirituality that I am able to affirm summer and sunshine. A friend wrote me recently, “Winter reveals structure.” Only as the structure is firmly there are we able to dress it with the lovely trappings of spring, budding leaves, rosy blossoms. Winter is the quiet, fallow time when earth prepares for the rebirth of spring."
"You can never know anyone as completely as you want. But that’s okay, love is better."
"A selfish love of ourselves makes us incapable of loving others."
"When I have no eyes for the small signs of God's presence - the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends - I will always remain tempted to despair."