Seeds of Wisdom
“We should not create an artificial opposition between the perfection of our own being and our active presence in the world.” - Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness
“Work should rightly be “not a commodity but an expression of the human person,”” - Pope John XXIII, Mater et magistra, from Life & Holiness, Thomas Merton, 1963.
“…it can never be sufficient for [us] to lead a “Christian life” that is confined, in practice, to the pews of the parish Church and to a few prayers in the home…” - Thomas Merton, Life & Holiness, 1963.
“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit,” - Aristotle.
“The Spirituality of work is a disciplined attempt to align ourselves and our environment with God and to incarnate God's spirit in the world through all the effort (paid and unpaid) we exert to make the world a better place, a little closer to the way God would have things,” - Gregory F. A. Pierce, Spirituality @ Work, 2001.
“Spirituality is about what we do with the fire inside of us, about how we channel our eros [energy, spirit, soul],”
- Ronald Rolheiser, The Holy Longing, 1999.
“On whose behalf are you doing your work today?” - Rose Mary Daughtery, SSND.
“Spirituality in the workplace awakens workers' deep desires and reorients work around core values that enliven the workplace,” - Liz Budd Ellmann, Tending to Spirituality in the Workplace, Presence, June 2001.