Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Quotes I've Read This Morning and Liked

"Bidden or not bidden, God is present." These words carved in Latin over the door to the office of philosopher and psychoanalyst Carl Jung, are as true or false in the workplace as they are anywhere else. If we don't believe them---really, functionally, in our gut---then the idea that work can be a source of spiritual insight, comfort, challenge, and growth is absurd and a folly. If we do believe them, then the workplace becomes just one more place, one more opportunity, where the divine reality can be encountered in a tangible way.

-Gregory F. A. Pierce in spirituality@work

"'If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.'"

-Frederick Buechner from Frederick Buechner: The Novelist As Theologian