Gathered Wisdom, Oct 26

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


In order for music to be made, you must have elements of both sound and silence. This is a perfect metaphor for our relationship with God. God lures us into God’s holy silence by what is resonating most in our lives. It is there that God is waiting to meet us.

-Br. Jim Woodrum
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Beautiful People

She didn’t know anything about him except that he was a sensitive and gentle man looking for God’s presence. So at the elevator she bestowed ashes on his forehead on Ash Wednesday.

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From the blog of Joanna Seibert.

God’s Invitations to be Transformed as We Age

It is hard to let go of the years when we were busy and in charge. But this is a time to focus on fruitfulness, not productivity. God invites us to live in ways that notice the Spirit, experience scripture in new ways, find grace, and put down burdens.

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From Renovare. 

The World Feeling and the Soul Feeling

Certain feelings are generated in response to our being applauded, approved, and accepted. But they are empty feelings, says Anthony de Mello. They are worldly feelings. Soul feelings, by contrast, come from spending time in nature or with good friends or in contemplation.

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Found in Awakin.

Beware of Your Inner Circles

Tightening our circle of friends to only those who think and act like us is missing a chance of seeing God. “God breaks into our lives in important ways, mainly through ‘the stranger,’ through what’s foreign, through what’s other, and through what sabotages our thinking and blows apart our calculated expectations,” says Ron Rolheiser.

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From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

The Hopi Elders have a message for us: The river is flowing, and now is the time to gather friends and celebrate. Many will be fearful at giving up the old ways, but the river has a destination, and we must let go of the shore.

Read the reflection.

Found in Awakin.

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