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Expressions of Tenderness


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“We can learn from nature
the art of praising God
without words…

Go outside…
Stand beside something that is already praising God.
Let the sacredness of that prayer seep into your being.
All that is drawn to God is drawing you with it.”

© Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, “Abide, Keeping Vigil with the Word of God”, Liturgical Press


“Prayer is in all things, in all gestures. Prayer, to be fruitful, must come from the heart and must be able to touch the heart of God. See how Jesus taught His disciples to pray. I believe each time we say “Our Father,” God looks at His hands, where He has carved us. (“I have carved you on the palm of my hand.” See Isaiah 49:16) He looks at His hands, and He sees us there. How wonderful the tenderness and love of God!”

—Mother Teresa


“Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God’s Beauty: If you can plunge to the uttermost depths, there you can find the gem of Love.”

—Sri Ramakrishna


“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it, and whispers, “Grow, grow.””

-The Talmud


“Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it & let it be without imposing a word of mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you.”

© Eckhart Tolle


“We can touch the Kingdom of God in everyday life. There is no need to travel a great distance to touch the Kingdom of God, because it is not located in space or time. The Kingdom of God is in your heart. It is in every cell of your physical body…All you have to do is open your eyes, and the paradise of forms and colors is available to you…”

© Thich Nhat Hanh, “You are Here”