Gathered Wisdom, Nov. 9

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


Sometimes participating in God’s mission may not turn out the way we expect, or we may be called to change course mid-journey. We cannot fully know the mind of God in the accomplishment of God’s will. But that’s okay. All you need to ask God in prayer is, “What’s the next right thing?” And then do that one thing.

-Br. Jim Woodrum

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Thanking the God of Creation

The Native Americans, who are the first heirs of our land, had a deep understanding of our Creator God’s gracious provision through nature. In that spirit, The Wisdom Years will offer  a Thanksgiving celebration using the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address in a Zoom gathering on Thursday, Nov. 18, starting at 4 p.m. Central time. If you wish to join us, please send an email to Marjorie George at marjoriegeorge62@gmail.comfor the Zoom link. (Those who have been part of our Seven Whispers study during the past 7 weeks will automatically receive the Zoom link.)

Being God’s Somebody

The call of God to us is always about becoming the person God intends us to be, says Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Our journey is about discovering our true selves and living from that grounding.

Read the reflection. 

Found in Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr.

Permission to be Sad

Sometimes giving in to sadness is the best way to cope.  Both pretending we are upbeat at a time of sadness or feeling there is something wrong about being sad are bad ways to react when we are genuinely sad, says Ron Rolheiser.

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

Contemplation vs Social Change

The apostolic tradition asks us to change the whole world for the better. The contemplative tradition asks us to change the small part of the world where we live. Seeing the world from only one or the other can be limiting; we need both of them.

Read the reflection from Brother David Steindl-Rast.

Found in Awakin.

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