1: exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
3: devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity
4 (a): having a divine quality; (b): venerated as or as if sacred
5 – used as an intensive; often used in combination as a mild oath
Holy (adj.): Old English halig “holy, consecrated, sacred; godly; ecclesiastical,” from Proto-Germanic hailaga, from Proto-Indo-European kailo- “whole, uninjured” (related to: health).
Holy has been used as an intensifying word from 1837; in expletives since 1880s (such as holy smoke, 1883, holy mackerel, 1876, holy cow, 1914, holy moly etc.), most of them euphemisms for holy Christ or holy Moses.
“Holiness does not consist in doing extraordinary things. It consists in accepting, with a smile, what Jesus sends us. It consists in accepting and following the will of God.”
Mother Theresa (1910-1997, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, an Albanian–Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary)
“People have no idea what one saint can do: for sanctity is stronger than the whole of hell.”
Thomas Merton (1915-1968, arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century; best known for his autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain,” which sold over one million copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages; he wrote over sixty other books and hundreds of poems and articles)
“If we are growing holier, we are growing kinder.”
Andrew Bonar (1810-1892, minister of the Free Church of Scotland and youngest brother of Horatius Bonar, who was a hymn-writer, churchman and poet)
“But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.”
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, philosophical essayist, novelist, poet, and artist, who is best known for writing “The Prophet”)
“One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness.”
Ann Lamott (b. 1954, bestselling novelist, essayist, and nonfiction writer; the writer’s writer, who focuses on subjects like alcoholism, motherhood, and Jesus)
“Food is part of God's creating. A right relationship with food points us toward Him.... The table is not only a place where we can become present to God. The table is also a place where He becomes present to us.”
Lauren F. Winner (b. 1976, associate professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, she writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations)
“The holidays are only holy if we make them so.”
Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, spiritual teacher, author and lecturer, who has published eleven books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers)
“Food is part of God’s creating. A right relationship with food points us toward Him…. The table is not only a place where we can become present to God. The table is also a place where He becomes present to us.”
— Lauren F. Winner
Years ago, after I had a tragic fall down a flight of stairs I was forced to evaluate the foundation on which my physical life was constructed. Being severely injured at that level shifted my paradigm of thinking in a huge way. Not only was I was forced to incorporate alternative medicine with the prescriptions from my priestly family physician, but I also revamped my eating program by seeking the advice of a nutritionist. I had no choice. Conventional medicine fell short in facilitating the exact remedies I needed to jump-start my healing process.
Louise, a highly advanced nutritionist, took me off all foods that promoted addictions, which included: white flour, white rice, sugars, vinegar, caffeine, and alcohol. I learned to eat whole foods and organic products, and got introduced to a universe of foods I never ate before such as, brown rice, wild fish, and vegetables like kale, swiss chard, parsnips, dandelion, just to name a few. Louise also prescribed supplements based on my body’s needs, which was wise, because my body went quickly into shocked and dropped a lot of weight.
I wasn’t too long on that dietary regimen when I understood that culturally 90% of what we are programmed to eat is, particularly those fast foods that combine salt, fat, and sugar, is highly addictive and detrimental to our health. Most foods, even some spices, are pumped with a great deal of chemicals.
It’s my theory that the real “snake” in the Garden of Eden, particularly for contemporary civilizations on this planet, are the chemicals we ingest, absorb, accumulate in our bodies. It has caused us to lash out our planet, each other, and at ourselves.
Eating organic produce and using the environmentally-friendly products became a holy communion with the Divine, a path to a clearer body and mind.
Let us, sojourners, continue to align with the natural elements of this holy planet and our sacred lives.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya