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Annie Dillard writes, in For the Time Being, "There is no less holiness at this time than there was the day the Red Sea parted, or that day the heavens opened and Ezekiel saw visions of God. There is no less enlightenment under the tree by your street than there was under the Buddha's bodhi tree.
In any instant, the sacred may wipe you with its finger, in any instant the bush may flare, your feet may rise, or you may see a bunch of souls in a tree.
In any instant, you may avail yourself of the power to love your enemies; to accept slander, failure or the grief of loss, or to endure torture. Purity's time is always now...."