Gathered Wisdom, Sept 7

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

I have been a seeker and I still am,
but I stopped asking the books and the stars.  
I started listening to my soul.
– Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī (1207-1273).

This Week:

  • Spiritual Compass
  • Shifting in Overhead Bins and within Our Souls
  • A Communion Paradigm
  • The Great Gesture that Unites Us
  • See More

Spiritual Compass

Over the years, our experience makes our spiritual compass – the one that points us toward God -even more accurate and sensitive, says Bishop Steven Charleston. Picking up on this, Joanna Seibert compares it to a GPS, a God Positioning System.

Read the reflection.

From Daily Something.

Shifting in Overhead Bins and Within Our Souls

“Items will shift in overhead bins,” the airplane flight attendant tells us. Just so, Jamie Osborne finds that there has been a lot of internal shifting and movement in all of us over these past months. “The turbulence, the bumps, and the sudden drops in altitude have displaced the internal cargo. I am not the same person I was. I’m beginning to realize that I’m profoundly different than I was at the beginning of 2020. I think we all are.”

Read the reflection.

Found in Grow Christians.

A Communion Paradigm

When, in a community, we hold each other in positive regard, the community reaffirms that each person is absolutely equal and absolutely unique. Thus the community becomes the “outreach” of God – the very presence of God as world.  

Read more.

Found in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations.

The Great Gesture that Unites Us

Gratefulness is a spiral, says Brother David Steindle-Rast, in which the giver receives thanksgiving  and thus becomes the receiver. A passage has occurred, says Brother David. “We start out with giver, gift, and receiver, and we arrive at the embrace of thanks expressed and thanks accepted.” Brother David Steindle-Rast is the founder of A Network for Grateful Living

Read the entire reflection.

Found in

See More

by Jean E. Taddonio

In the broken place
where we live,
hope can be found
in the cracks

Read the rest of the poem.

Found at A Network for Grateful Living.

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