August 2021 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

August 2021 Touchstones Ministry Theme: Communion

August 2021 Readings from the Common Bowl

August 1: “Empathy is an affinity, a communion, a comprehension.”  C. JoyBell C.

August 2: “The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions.”  Anaïs Nin

August 3: “In a true partnership, the kind that lasts through the ages, there is an unspoken communion.”  Cassandra Clare

August 4: “He is one of those who has had the wilderness for a pillow, and called a star his brother. Alone. But loneliness can be a communion.”  Dag Hammarskjöld

August 5: “Here and there does not matter. / We must be still and still moving / Into another intensity / For a further union, a deeper communion.”  T. S. Eliot

August 6: “Empathy is an affinity, a communion, a comprehension.”  C. JoyBell C.

August 7: “I think …[religion] is an art, …an extension of the communion all the other arts attempt.”  Dodie Smith

August 8: “Happiness is home. …It is a state of mind. A place of communion and unconditional love. It is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace.”  Dennis Lehane

August 9: “Finally, he said that among men there was no such communion as among horses and the notion that men can be understood at all was probably an illusion.”  Cormac McCarthy

August 10: “…Here is the mystery of our global responsibility: that we are in communion with …all people. …If we want to be real peace-makers …our primary concern …should be survival of humanity, the survival of the planet, and the health of all people.”  Henri J.M. Nouwen

August 11: “Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside …where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, …lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.”  Jani Ortlund

August 12: “There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.”  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

August 13: “The ocean was the best place, of course. …It was a feeling of freedom like no other, and yet a feeling of communion with all the other places and creatures the water touched.”  Ann Brashares

August 14: “The practice of forgiveness is not …a way of dealing with guilt. Instead, its central goal is to reconcile, to restore communion …with one another, and with the whole creation.”  L. Gregory Jones

August 15: “Soul grows in communion. … From true conversation… communication deepens into compassion and creates community.”  Sam Keen

August 16: “Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, …drink the sacred water as a living communion, …open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness.”  Richard Nelson

August 17: “Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.”  Jesse Browner

August 18: “Faith is not knowledge of an object but communion with it.”  Nicolás Gómez Dávila

August 19: “For mystics from the Abrahamic faiths…, the inward odyssey is also an upward odyssey, a quest for personal and vital communion with an infinite Being.”  David C. Downing

August 20: “True communication is communion—the realization of oneness, which is love.”  Eckhart Tolle

August 21: “The man or woman who proclaims devotion to the cause of liberation yet is unable to enter into communion with the people, whom he or she continues to regard as totally ignorant, is grievously self-deceived.”  Paulo Freire

August 22: “…The effort to discover an authentic self, …and find a soul in a clear, unimpeded communion with the sacred is consonant with spiritual quests throughout the ages.”  Cynthia Eller

August 23: “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship… in which I have communion and fellowship with nature….”  Euell Gibbons

August 24: “To care means first of all to empty our own cup and to allow the other to come close to us. It means to take away the many barriers which prevent us from entering into communion with the other.”  Henri J.M. Nouwen

August 25: “Commit to finding the true nature of art. …Go for that communion, that real communion with your soul, and the discipline of expressing that communion with others.”  Anna Deavere Smith

August 26: “…I …know that eating a Hershey’s Kiss is like an act of communion.”  Damien Echols

August 27: “Love creates a communion with life. …In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole.”  Jack Kornfield

August 28: “They spoke of a communion so much vaster than any church could contain: one I had sensed all my life could be expressed in the sharing of food, particularly with strangers.”  Sara Miles

August 29: “There is communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.”  M.F.K. Fisher

August 30: “The measure of your solitude is the measure of your capacity for

communion.”  Henri J.M. Nouwen

August 31: “The deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion.”  Tom Ryan