Love tends to be a more active energy, the act of giving oneself unconditionally. By contrast, gratitude is a more passive energy, a feeling that results from having been given something. What the world needs now is gratitude.
We must begin by learning what it means to have enough…to feel gratitude for having been born on a planet so rich in nature and gratitude for the water that makes our life possible. If you open your eyes you will see that the world is full of so much that deserves our gratitude. When you have become the embodiment of gratitude, think about how pure the water that fills your body will be. When this happens, you, yourself will be a beautiful shining crystal of light.
– Dr. Masaru Emoto from “Messages from Water”
The important thing to remember is that religion itself is meant to be only a means to sanctity, not an end in itself. Religion is at best a finger pointing at the moon. When we stop at the level of denominations, throw up dogmatic draw bridges, fill the moats between us and other people with theological acid, then as a planet of peoples made plural by our creating God, we’ve failed a creator who, having made this manifest, is nevertheless always, always one. Then we make our religions, God and our God, puny. Then we make our religions dangerous. Real religious people know that creation and all of its diversity is the face of God’s presence in the world. And so all of creation, all God’s creatures, must be reverenced tenderly.
– Sister Joan Chittister