Gathered Wisdom, Jan. 18, 2022

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

Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength
to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.

-Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

Found at Well for the Journey.

Being a Part of the Symphony

A 20-second solo by the cellist taught her that each of us plays a unique instrument in life, and our part is to add to the fantastic sound of the entire composition. 

Read the reflection from Jonna Seibert.

More about Joanna Seibert.

A Trinitarian Way of Life

Knowing God is impossible unless we enter into a life of love and communion with others, says Elizabeth Johnson. This is the meaning of the Trinity.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation Daily Meditations.

Praying with the Old Testament

“The whole of scripture is a gift from God,” says Brother Lucas Hall from Society of St. John the Evangelist. “Though it can be daunting and challenging, engaging with the Old Testament as a wellspring of prayer can illumine truths about God, the Church, and ourselves, in ways we may never expect.”

Read the reflection.

More about Society of St. John the Evangelist.

The Light is Still Waiting

When did death become a bad thing, asks Fred Smith.  “When did we begin to distance death from our everyday lives?  When did we cross from preparing for death as a part of life to avoiding the subject whenever possible?” 

Read the reflection.

From The Gathering.


A poem by Rudy Francisco

She asks me to kill the spider.
nstead, I get the most
peaceful weapons I can find.

I take a cup and a napkin.
I catch the spider, put it outside
and allow it to walk away.

Read the rest of this non-violent poem.

Found in Awakin’.

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