Gathered Wisdom, Oct 12

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

When I am liberated by silence, when I am no longer involved in the measurement of life, but in the living of it, I can discover a form of prayer in which there is effectively no distraction. My whole life becomes a prayer. 

-Thomas Merton, as quoted by John Dear in Living Peace

Found at Well for the Journey

Threshold Choir

“The all-women choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling: some with living, some with dying. The choirs provide opportunities for women to share the sacred gifts of their voices at life’s thresholds.” Learn about their incredible work in this interview with the founding member. 

Read the story.

Found in Daily Good.

Learn more about Threshold Choir.

A Life on the Ground

When we live at altitude, it’s a long way down when we trip and fall – which we all do. But when you are “grounded,” you fall, get up, dust yourself off, and continue. We need solid ground under our feet, says Parker Palmer.

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

The Law of Karma

You go through the self-checkout at Target and when you get in your car discover the machine overpaid your change by $20.  Do you go back into the store to return it? Would you cheat, lie, and steal if you never got caught? Fr. Ron Rolheiser proposes that what we sow is what we reap – even if only we ever know.

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser. 

Being Instruments of God

Transformation takes us from living as though God is “out there” to living with God “in here.” Richard Rohr calls it “the mystery of participation.” We are characters inside of a story that is being written in cooperation with God. 

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Reviewing our News of the Day

Recovery groups call it the 10th step; St. Ignatius called it the Examen – taking time late in the day to review the day. Like watching the evening new on channel 5, we take time to recall what was, give thanks, make gratitude lists, and pray for all that has come and will come to us.

Read the short reflection.

From Joanna Seibert.

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