Gathered Wisdom, May 18, 2021

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.


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Starting May 27, 2021

Every Thursday, 
4 to 5:15 p.m.
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The spiritual path, it seems, appears as we travel the journey.  We make the road by walking it. Our part is to recognize the hand of God steadying us and beckoning us forward.

For this 4-week study, we will draw from the book Unfolding by Nancy J. Hill. We will read on our own, then gather weekly to reflect on and discuss how the readings resonate with our lives. We will acknowledge and learn to navigate the road that urges us on, though we may not always see the way ahead clearly.

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Wendell Berry reads Wendell Berry

Relax into nature as poet Wendell Berry reads his famous poem “The Peace of Wild Things” against the backdrop of a beautifully-animated video.  

Listen and watch.

More From Daily Good

A Fixed Place To Stand

By Richard Rohr

“Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough,” said Archimedes,  “and I will move the world. ” Richard Rohr finds analogy in the contemplative life. “The fixed point is our place to stand,” says Rohr. “It is a contemplative stance: steady, centered, poised, and rooted.”

Read Rohr’s essay.

More from Awakin

Working Out Our Life

By the Rev. Mike Marsh

Reflecting on Jesus’ prayer on the night of the Last Supper (John 17:6-19), the Rev. Mike Marsh invites us to listen in. “One of the things I know about prayer is that we never simply offer our words. Instead, our words are an offering of ourselves and the circumstances of our lives. There’s always more going on than the words we say.” That is true of Jesus’ prayer on this night, says Marsh. 

Taken from a sermon preached at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde TX, May 16, 2021

Read it.

More from Interrupting the Silence


By Joanna Seibert

Psychologist Patrick Murray calls them “moments of transformation, embracing us with a profound sense that life is ultimately purposeful.” We call them coincidences, serendipity, synchronicities. Or just “a God thing.” They are moments when we sense a holy connection, says Joanna Seibert. 

Read Joanna’s reflection.

More from Daily Something

Seeing in a Deeper Way

By Ron Rolheiser

In the account of Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-9), Fr. Ron Rolhesier thinks Paul may not have been struck physically blind, but rather “Paul got up off the ground with his eyes wide open, seeing nothing.” For us, it is a lesson in seeing more deeply. In this essay, Rolheiser offers some ways we can do that.

Read the essay.

More from his blog.

Talking to Elephants

By Fred Smith

Elephants need riders. In the metaphor, says Fred Smith, the elephant is “intuition or the hundreds of rapid, effortless moral judgements and decisions that we all make every day.” But intuition carries bias. That is why the elephant needs a rider – called reason. In arguments, we get nowhere talking to the elephant.

Read more of this insightful essay.

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