Gathered Wisdom, June 1, 2021

God must be allowed the right to speak unpredictably.

— Thomas Merton in The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia by William H. Shannon, Christine M. Bochen, Patrick F. O’Connell.

From Spirituality and Practice.

Path With Heart

By Jack Kornfield

Is our spiritual path connected to our hearts? How do we know? By looking at where we put our time, our strength, our creativity, our love. “We must look at our life without sentimentality, exaggeration, or idealism,” says Kornfield. We must ask, “Does what we are choosing reflect what we most deeply value?’ ”

Read the essay.

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Four Shapes of Transformation

By Richard Rohr
From Center for Action and Contemplation

Our faith, and our understanding of our faith, are always evolving.  As we live out our years, our experiences inform our comprehension. “An evolutionary faith,” says Richard Rohr, “understands that nothing is static. The universe unfolds, our understanding of God evolves and deepens, and our moral development surely evolves as well.”

Read Rohr’s reflection.

More from Center for Action and Contemplation.

70 Over 70 

A podcast from Pineapple Street Studios.

In 70 over 70, podcast host Max Linsky talks to 70 remarkable people, all over the age of 70, not just about their past but their lives right now. These are conversations about the big questions we all ask ourselves, no matter how old we are. What does it mean to live well? What are we still searching for? And how do we learn to let go?

Listen to the current episode.

More about Pineapple Street Studios.

Being Simply Beautiful

From A Network for Grateful Living
A video from Green Renaissance

Theo du Plessis, one of the “grateful changemakers” from A Network for Grateful Living, reflects on how losing everything brought him to realize what is really important: “I don’t have time for things which are not real. I don’t have enough time left. So, I want my life to feel authentic.”

Watch the video.

More from A Network for Grateful Living.

More about Green Renaissance.

Summer Resources for Spiritual Sustenance

From Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

As we move into the long days of summer, some of Shalem’s board and staff have put together a list of books, movies, poetry and other resources that are contemplatively grounding and inspirational. 

Investigate the list.

More about Shalem Institute.

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Gathered Wisdom is from The Wisdom Years, a ministry that invites older adults to deepening spirituality in the last third of their lives.

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