Quotes by Cynthia Bourgeault

Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School. (www.contemplative.org)

The Potential of Love

Divine potentiality—beautiful, fathomless, endlessly creative—projects itself into form in order to realize fully the depths of divine love…. The act of loving brings hidden potential to full expression, and the more intimate and costly the self-giving, the more precious the quality of love revealed.

The Flow of Love

We flow into God—and God into us—because it is the nature of love to flow…. The whole and part live together in mutual, loving reciprocity, each belonging to the other and dependent on the other to show forth the fullness of love.

Which Gospel?

If mainstream Christianity has steadily lost force and credibility in the contemporary world…I wonder how much of this decline might be attributed to the fact that for so long now the means have not matched the ends. We preach one gospel and live another. And while in a way this has always been true, the clash is accentuated in the security-obsessed consciousness of our own times. We preach the Good Samaritan and lock our church doors. We preach the lilies of the field and allocate large amounts of our monthly paychecks to pension and insurance plans.

Hope’s Home

Hope’s home is at the innermost point in us, and in all things. It is a quality of aliveness. It does not come at the end, as the feeling that results from a happy outcome. Rather, it lies at the beginning, as a pulse of truth that sends us forth.

No Matter Which Path

It’s remarkable how, no matter which spiritual path you pursue, the nuts and bolts of transformation wind up looking pretty much the same: surrender, detachment, compassion, forgiveness. [Whatever your path] you will still go through the same eye of the needle to get to where your true heart lies.