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Holiness

  • I find that every soul that has travelled on this highway of holiness for any length of time, has invariably cut loose from its old moorings.

    • Hannah Whitall Smith,
    • 1876, in Logan Pearsall Smith, ed., A Religious Rebel: The Letters of "H.W.S." ()
  • I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.

  • The longing to be holy makes us weep, and we trust tears since they are made of water and come from our body, a double blessing.

  • The world needs saints who have genius, just as a plague-stricken town needs doctors.

  • Holiness is not a privilege of a few but a need for all.

  • Holiness is not a luxury for the few; it is not just for some people. It is meant for you and for me and for all of us. It is a simple duty, because if we learn to love, we learn to be holy.

    • Mother Teresa,
    • in Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos, eds., No Greater Love ()
  • Tread softly! all the earth is holy ground.

  • ... holiness is an infinite compassion for others ...

  • There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.

  • I wanted to be a saint. ... I had a very special relationship with God. I regarded him as a friend, and Irish, and somebody who knew me well. ... But I was hoping against hope that I wouldn't see a vision. People who saw visions very often ended up as martyrs; and although I was dead keen to be a saint, I wanted to be a non-martyred saint.

    • Maeve Binchy,
    • in John Quinn, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl ()
  • Each being is sacred — meaning that each has inherent value that cannot be ranked in a hierarchy or compared to the value of another being.

  • What is holiness but wholeness?

  • To survive we must begin to know sacredness / The pace which most of us live prevents this.

    • Chrystos,
    • "No Rock Scorns Me as Whore," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • The sacred is not in heaven or far away. It is all around us, and small human rituals can connect us to its presence. And of course the greatest challenge (and gift) is to see the sacred in each other.

  • ... witches try to 'connect' with the world around them. Witchcraft, they say, is about the tactile, intuitive understanding of the turn of the seasons, the song of the birds; it is the awareness of all things as holy ...

  • ... the way of the river is sacred, and this grove of trees is sacred, and we ourselves, we tell you, are sacred.

  • The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.

  • The Sacred isn't housed in a building or worn around your neck or something in the sky. The Sacred is the here and now we reside in, all breathing the same air, all imbibing the same water and made of the same earth with 'the life force' flowing through all living things.

    • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith,
    • in Wilma Mankiller, Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women ()
  • Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly.

    • Hildegard of Bingen,
    • Scivias (1150), in Gabriele Uhlein, ed., Meditations With Hildegard of Bingen ()
  • The spiritual commitment is to make every situation an object of devotional connection.