"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
"It seems we only know what life is when we know what death is."
"We inhabit time as fish live in water."
"The Bible is meant to illuminate the path towards connection with the divine and care of other human beings. If you're wielding it as a weapon, you are not using it correctly."
"God loves things by becoming them."
"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
"We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives."
"Remember, light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else. This is why in John’s Gospel, Jesus Christ makes the almost boastful statement, 'I am the Light of the world' (John 8:12). Jesus Christ is the amalgam of matter and spirit put together in one place, so we ourselves can put it together in all places and enjoy things in their fullness. It can even enable us to see as God sees, if that is not hoping for too much."
"God’s first 'idea' was to pour out divine infinite love into finite, visible forms. The Big Bang is our scientific name for that first idea, and 'Christ' is our theological name."
"Attitudes are caught, not taught."
"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."
"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."
"Only something we do every day has the power to transform us."
"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."
"I'm very concerned that our society is much more interested in information than wonder, in noise rather than silence."
“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it."
"When you don’t have self-critical thinking in a religion, you always lack the prophetic instinct."
"Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish for ever."
"We never finish reading the Bible but always find ourselves standing on its threshold, ready to read again."