August 13

Reflection

At this present time there is a hunger for direct inner experience, a need to reclaim our spiritual heritage. While our materialistic culture tries to keep our attention firmly in the physical world of the senses, many of us sense a longing to know this hidden mystery of what it means to be human. And so we are able to turn to the teachings and traditions that have been given to us. It is important to recognize the root of our longing, that we are no longer prepared to live in a purely physical world, but need the living presence of the spiritual. We need to know and be nourished by the invisible world that is within us and all around us. We need to reclaim the mystery and magic of being fully alive.
From Reclaiming Our Spiritual Heritage

Prayer

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 12:13

Action

Plan some ways you can fill your desire for the spiritual. Make it happen.

Suggested Reading

But if from there you seek your God, you will find God if you seek God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 4:29

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

It is true that nowadays, to some extent, everyone, including our young people, feels attracted by the many idols which take the place of God and appear to offer hope: money, success, power, pleasure. Often a growing sense of loneliness and emptiness in the hearts of many people leads them to seek satisfaction in these ephemeral idols.
Pope Francis

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!
Rabbi Harold Kushner

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere–in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
Mother Teresa

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave.  It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.
 Jack Kornfield

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
Herman Hesse

 

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