||They are often as close as our nightstand. They
patiently wait with words that soak deep into our consciousness
and experiences that assure us that the spiritual life far surpasses
wishful thinking. Though their cultures and religions may differ,
and their time frames span more than a millennium, they each exhibited
a singleminded devotion to God that transformed ordinary people
into the saints, prophets, and spiritual guides we turn to today.
the following pages, explorefaith.org offers a subjective look at
some of the spiritual teachers who have shaped our lives. These
essays are by no means comprehensive. Numerous Web Sites catalogue
different saints and spiritual guides in great detail (and we will
provide links to a few of the best).
coverage is intended to show what these people can mean to us now,
how they can help us envision new realties in which a relationship
with God is the core from which all thoughts
and actions spread. Here our explorefaith writers have mused about
the spiritual teachers in their lives who continue to give them
guidance and help them
discover new avenues of devotion deep within. It is our hope that
their essays may kindle thoughts of those spiritual teachers who
have molded your life, and perhaps spur you to explore a few you
might not have known.
we can learn from the saints