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TOTD 25 Jun 2001

We have in our language the word graceful, and it's a wonderful word. We say, "So and so is graceful," meaning his language is graceful, his movements are graceful, his being is graceful. Notice the full aspect to being graceful. We don't have a word about half-grace or three-quarters graced. There's a fullness to grace. Indeed, there's a bubbling over to grace. It's like the word thankful. Grace and gratitude are really the same words. Gratia in Latin means thanks. Gratias aramus tibi in the Mass -- we give you thanks. So gratitude is an intricate part of grace. Meister Eckhart says, "If the only prayer you say in your whole life is thank you, that would suffice."

-Matthew Fox, co-author of Natural Grace: Dialogues on Creation, Darkness, and the Soul in Spirituality and Science

We needn't reject progress to recognize that there is something to be gained by more fully appreciating things as they are. We needn't reject plans for the future to recognize that life can only be lived in the here and now.

-Laurence G. Boldt, author of The Tao of Abundance: Eight Ancient Principles for Abundant Living

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