GraceNotes Archive


May 2024

What does it mean to listen to a voice before it is spoken? It means making space for the other, being aware of the other, paying attention to the other, honouring the other.

Dr. Parker J. Palmer

Apr 2024

It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved.

Mother Teresa

Mar 2024

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

Rabindranath Tagore

Feb 2024

Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Jan 2024

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom

Dec 2023

I love having my ghosts and I love having my memories.

Debbie Reynolds

Nov 2023

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.


Oct 2023

I think unconscious bias is one of the hardest things to get at.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 2023

Bless anything that shows you wisdom. Anything that shows you wisdom has become a part of who you are and has drawn you closer to life.

Rachel Naomi Remen

Aug 2023

To drop into being means to recognize your interconnectedness with all life, and with being itself. Your very nature is being part of larger and larger spheres of wholeness.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jul 2023

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.

Chuck Palahniuk

Jun 2023

It's more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right.

Parker Palmer

May 2023

Love one another as I have loved you.

John 13:34

Apr 2023

Let silence take you to the core of life.


Mar 2023

A life without love is like a year without spring.

Octavian Paler

Feb 2023

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.

Mark Twain

Jan 2023

… a spiritual journey, is intuitive, nonlinear, and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.

John Daido Loori

Dec 2022

When things change inside you, things change around you.


Nov 2022

With your eyes open, doors open.

A.R. Kane

Oct 2022

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.

William Blake

Sep 2022

What we plant in the garden of contemplation, we will reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

Aug 2022

I have just three things to teach: Simplicity, patience, compassion.

Lao Tzu

Jul 2022

We have birthdays and bar mitzvahs and funerals and weddings. And these ceremonies and rituals, I believe, really help us transition from one point to another.

Suleika Jaouad

Jun 2022

There are no words for this unholy time.

May 2022

The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.

Norman Vincent Peale

Apr 2022

For she is terrible with the terror of the avenging lightning, and gentle with the goodness of the bright sun…

Hildegard von Bingen

Mar 2022

I can see clearly now…

Johnny Nash

Feb 2022

Our own life has to be our message.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Jan 2022

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.

Desmond Tutu

Dec 2021

Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Nov 2021

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

Oct 2021

God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.

Mother Teresa

Sep 2021

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.


Aug 2021

Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love!

Teilhard de Chardin

Jul 2021

Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.

John Denver

Jun 2021

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

Hermann Hesse

May 2021

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear.


Apr 2021

The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Mar 2021

Opening your heart, you become accepted.

Lao Tzu

Feb 2021

Without action, you aren't going anywhere.


Jan 2021

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.


Dec 2020

The soul lets no man go without some visitations and holy-days of a diviner presence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nov 2020

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.

Joseph Campbell

Oct 2020

The imagination retains a passion for freedom.

John O'Donohue

Sep 2020

Love is stronger than death…

The Song of Solomon

Aug 2020

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13

Jul 2020

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.

Alfred Austin

Jun 2020

Blessed are the poor in heart: they shall see God.

Matt. 5:8

May 2020

Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.

Mr. Rogers

Apr 2020

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde

Mar 2020

God is nearer to us than our own spirit.

Julian of Norwich

Feb 2020

Sometimes, supporting someone in the messiness of life means helping them realize that they know more than they think they do!

The Reverend Deborah Darlington

Jan 2020

But now you will ask me, “How am I to think of God himself, and what is he?” and I cannot answer you except to say, “I do not know.”

The Cloud of Unknowing

Dec 2019

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.

Mary Oliver

Nov 2019

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Oct 2019

We need to wake up and realize that the Earth is our mother as well as our home—and in this case the umbilical cord binding us to her cannot be severed. When the Earth becomes sick, we become sick, because we are part of her.

A Western Soto Zen Buddhist Statement

Sep 2019

Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it.

Alister McGrath

Aug 2019

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

Henry David Thoreau

Jul 2019

Order – Disorder – Reorder

Richard Rohr

Jun 2019

I sleep but my heart is awake.

The Song of Songs

May 2019

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

Apr 2019

The unholy pain of exclusion should not be felt by anyone.

Deborah Darlington

Mar 2019

My commandment is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12 New Testament

Feb 2019

Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Jan 2019

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dec 2018

Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.

Dr. Seuss

Nov 2018

The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.

Helen Keller

Oct 2018

Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions.

Henri Nouwen

Sep 2018

Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Lao Tzu

Aug 2018

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

July 2018

Detachment is not that you should own nothing. But that nothing should own you.

Ali ibn abi Talib

June 2018

Humanity was created in the image of God; our love is a reflection of his.

Meir Soloveichik

May 2018

“You cannot pour from an empty cup.”
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you.”
“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”


Apr 2018

Fellowship is a place of grace…

Rick Warren

Mar 2018

Do all the good you can…

John Wesley

Feb 2018

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.


Jan 2018

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.

Pope Francis

Dec 2017

It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.

Agnes M. Pharo

Nov 2017

“Thank you” is the best prayer that anyone could say.

Alice Walker

Oct 2017

Autumn is the season of change.

Taoist Proverb

Sep 2017

This is the way of peace: Overcome evil with good, falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

Peace Pilgrim

Aug 2017

Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.

William James

July 2017

He who is filled with love is filled with God…

St. Augustine

June 2017

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

John Lennon

May 2017

Within you lies the opportunity to grow in Spirit…

White Eagle

Apr 2017

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.

William Shakespeare

Mar 2017

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.

Carl Jung

Feb 2017

Art is a wound turned into Light.

Georges Braque

Jan 2017

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.

Carl Jung

Dec 2016

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Desmond Tutu

Nov 2016

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

John 14:27

Oct 2016

Material and infinite are inseparable. Appreciating their interconnectedness is the gateway to understanding.

Lao Tsu

Sep 2016

Imperfections are not inadequacies; they remind us that we are all in this together.

Brené Brown

Aug 2016

I'm too alone in the world, yet not alone enough to make each hour holy.
I'm too small in the world, yet not small enough to be simply in your presence, like a thing --
just as it is.

Rainer Maria Rilke

July 2016

If our lives are made up of a string of a thousand moments, at some of those moments we look a lot more spiritually evolved than at others.

Anne Lamott

June 2016

I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.

Khalil Gibran

May 2016

Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it.

The Tao Te Ching

Apr 2016

All, everything that I understand, I only understand because I love.

Leo Tolstoy

Mar 2016

The suchness of each moment is the infinite mercy of God.

Paul Knitter

Feb 2016

When your heart has cracks in it, it lets the light in…

Ellen DeGeneres

Jan 2016

The fault lies not within the stars but within ourselves.

William Shakespeare

Dec 2015

The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

Nov 2015

We don't think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.

Richard Rohr

Oct 2015

Every change of mind is first of all a change of heart.

The Dalai Lama

Sep 2015

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.

Matthew 6:34

Aug 2015

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

July 2015

He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings, and all beings in his own self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.

The Buddha

June 2015

Come and follow… plunge into the incomparable bliss of the spiritual life and abide in it.

The Anguttara Nikaya

May 2015

I believe that if Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Moses all got together they would be best of friends because the spiritual basis of all religions is something that builds unity.

Yehuda Berg

Apr 2015

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.

Isaiah 58:8

Mar 2015

Giving simply because it is right to give, without thought of return, at a proper time, in proper circumstances, and to a worthy person, is enlightened giving.

The Bhagavad Gita 17.20

Feb 2015

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

Jan 2015

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Dec 2014

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.

Paulo Coelho

Nov 2014

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Native American Proverb

Oct 2014

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sep 2014

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.


Aug 2014

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi

July 2014

June 2014

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

Jean De La Fontaine

May 2014

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Helen Keller

Apr 2014

All things born in truth must die, but out of death comes life.

The Bhagavad Gita

Mar 2014

Therefore let us present the same face to everyone and treat all men as equals… In this clarity of a still and open mind truth will be reflected.

Lao Tsu

Feb 2014

Presence is the capacity to be present for another person with an open heart and to be grounded in our inner being. It is to be present for another person as a supporting light, as a supporting presence - and simply to be present with another person can help.

Swami Dhyan Giten

Jan 2014

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.

Mark Twain

Dec 2013

We are such stuff as dreams are made of …

William Shakespeare

Nov 2013

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W.T. Purkiser

Oct 2013

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

John Green

Sep 2013

Rest and be thankful.

William Wordsworth

Aug 2013

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.

George Eliot

July 2013

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.

Eckhart Tolle

June 2013

I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

Anne Lamott

May 2013

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

Apr 2013

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

The Dalai Lama

Mar 2013

QUIT — is not a 4-letter word!

Deborah Darlington

Feb 2013

Belatedly, I loved thee. O Beauty so ancient and so new, belatedly I loved thee. For see, thou wast within and I was without…

St. Augustine

Jan 2013

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dec 2012

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.

Joseph Campbell

Nov 2012

It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and that there's something in it!

Johnnie Ivery

Oct 2012

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold.


Sep 2012

The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides and the gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Aug 2012

Calmness is the living breath of God's immortality in you.

Paramhansa Yogananda

July 2012

God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away.

Meister Eckhart

June 2012

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.

George Bernard Shaw