A weekly collection of inspiration and resources for the journey, gathered from websites, books, and pass-alongs that have been shared with us. From The Wisdom Years – Spirituality for the Last Third of Our Lives.
You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts
sent to be delivered to a hungry world.
And as much as the world needs your cargo,
you need to give it away.
Everything depends on this.
– Greg Kimura –
From Daily Good, March 2, 2021
Encouragement in Difficult Times
from the Rev. Joanna Seibert
“We are not done yet. We may count our progress in inches. We may swim against the deep tides of greed and hate, but we are not done yet. Even if we do not live to see it all, we will be content to be the inspiration, to give all we have to free our world from fear.”—Steven Charleston, Daily Facebook Page.
Read Joanna Seibert’s thoughts on Charleston’s observation.
Consecrated by Circumstance and Need
from Fr. Ron Rolheiser
“Today the word consecration has lost much of its rich meaning. We have relegated the word to the sacristy and over-loaded it with connotations of purity and cult. That’s unfortunate because both what’s best in our humanity and our faith are forever trying to consecrate us. The needs and wounds of our world are constantly asking us to suspend our radical freedom, to set aside our own agendas, in order to serve.”
Read the essay.
Dining at the Table of the Lord
By Br. James Koester
Society of St. John the Evangelist
“It is true to say that Christ, who will be present to us in communion, comes first to those who are listening in ‘the word of God… living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,’ and as the one who ‘speaks words that are spirit and life.’ We speak of the Real Presence, but we could just as easily speak of the real presences, for Jesus who comes to us in Bread and Wine, Body and Blood, comes to us first in gathered community, Word proclaimed, prayers offered, sins forgiven, and peace restored.”
Read the essay.
The Heart of Aging with Wisdom
Series III and IV
Thursdays in March and April 2021
Webinar from Sage-ing International
The Heart of Aging series is a program offering rich opportunities for personal growth, suitable for people interested in aging with purpose, designed to engage and inspire participants with healthy, spirited conversation and interaction.
For more information.
Another Name for Every Thing
Podcast from Fr. Richard Rohr
Center for Action and Contemplation
“Another Name for Every Thing” with Richard Rohr is a conversational podcast series on the deep connections between action and contemplation. Richard is joined by two students of the Christian contemplative path, Brie Stoner and Paul Swanson, who seek to integrate the wisdom amidst diapers, disruptions, and the shifting state of our world. Richard describes “the story” as the great patterns that are always true. We pull on the threads of love that are active when engaged in “the story,” play with metaphors that examine a new way of seeing the Cosmic Egg, the relationship between chaos and order, and the Universal Christ as the key to holding Cosmic Egg together.
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