Gathered Wisdom, Jan. 4, 2022

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

Something new is being born in us if we but let it.

We stand at a new doorway, awaiting that which comes.

Daily Faith Reflections Dec 31, 2021 from Well for the Journey.

Women’s Christmas Retreat 2022: A Path Called Solace

Annually, artist and poet Jan Richardson produces a Women’s Retreat to be celebrated on Epiphany – or any time of the year. Originating in Ireland, Women’s Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, took Epiphany as an occasion to enjoy a bit of respite and celebrate together at the end of the holidays. The retreat offers poetry, reflections, and wonderful artwork by Richardson. The retreat is downloadable at no cost, although a donation is a recommended option.

 Find the retreat.

From Sanctuary of Women.

10 Insights from 2021 That Give Us Hope

In what seems to be never-ending world-wide calamity and chaos, Daily Good captures the stories of quiet and unassuming heroes who made the world a better place in  2021.  We are reminded to do what we can right where we live.

Read the article, enjoy the photos. 

From Daily Good.

What Will You Do With Your Fear In 2022?

No doubt we are all hoping and praying that this new year will be better (whatever that means to each of us) than 2021. But, says the Rev. Mike Marsh, maybe the change  for which we are seeking isn’t about 2022 but about ourselves. “Will you and I in 2022 be different from and better than we were in 2021? I think the answer to that question depends on whether and how we deal with our fear,” says Marsh.  

Read the reflection. 

From Interrupting the Silence.  Used with permission.

Make good news!

This Christmas reflection from Brother Geoffrey Tristram of Society of St. John the Evangelist invites us to enter the new year bringing the light of good news into our homes, families, and communities.

Read the reflection.

From Society of St. John the Evangelist.

Our Churches as Sanctuaries

The Church prides itself on its long history of being a place of refuge for the persecuted: refugees, homeless persons, immigrants facing deportation, and others who are endangered. But is the Church a sanctuary for those who are searching, confused, wounded, broken, and the non-religious as well?

Read the reflection.

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

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