Ritual

«I'm not particularly in favor of doctrine or creed, ordination, the elevation of holy texts, the institution of church, or, for that matter, Christianity. Like most religions, it has irreconcilable shortcomings and an unforgivable history. What I do favor is the attempt to make sense of things by living within a story. The Christian story, for good or ill, is my inheritance.»

Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew


«Our comfort in theological traditions should never usurp our desire for spiritual Truth. If we vigorously pursue the rituals rather than a relational experience with God then we've missed His message entirely.»

Jason Versey


«So, apart from casting runes, what other hobbies do you have? Forbidden rituals, human sacrifices, torturing? –»

Simona Panova


«When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?»

Muriel Barbery


«My Ten Commandments:»

R. N. Prasher


«Let me lose everything on earth and the world beyond, but let me not lose what I'm craving for, let it be that i died on the way than retreating from getting it.»

Michael Bassey Johnson


«Dr. Murray points to the Nazarite system as what he calls an external scaffolding supporting human efforts at righteousness, reminding the participant that he is set apart. Christ, he said, needed no external reminder that the Father was His joy and that wine was not, that He was Life and was wholly Other from death, that He bore on Himself the shame that long hair but vaguely pointed to.»

David Murray


«Religion is more than rite and ritual.»

Yann Martel


«Prayer isn’t about repeating rituals; it’s about spending time with Dad.»

Jared Brock


«His father, that austere, unfeeling and untutored man, had insisted his sons polish their boots every evening. Flett has learned to be grateful for this early discipline. It kept him breathing as a boy, provided a pulse, gave order to vast incomprehension. Later he found other ways.»

Carol Shields


«Prayer is a path where there is none.»

Noah Benshea


«Thanks to Karen Connelly who read earlier versions of this manuscript and to Ronald Hatch my editor and publisher.»

Nancy Holmes


«Residents of the squatter community of Christiana, Denmark, for example, have a Christmastide ritual where they dress in Santa suits, take toys from department stores and distribute them to children on the street, partly just so everyone can relish the images of the cops beating down Santa and snatching the toys back from crying children.»

David Graeber


«If it’s God you’re worried about, the Lord Jesus said that we needn’t keep to the old ways anymore. They had their day years ago.»

Diane Samuels