Gathered Wisdom, Jan 25

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

When God calls us, it is always to larger life. But to inhabit that larger life, we usually have let go of some of the outward forms which contain our lives. What we have grown familiar with is simply too narrow, too constraining, and we need to let it go.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Prayer for the Earth: An Indigenous Response to These Times

A beautiful video prayer from an elder of Cherokee descent calls us back to the sacredness of earth during these hard times.  

Watch the video.

From Karmatube.

What Dying Can Teach Us about Living Better

In years of research, Dr. William Peters has found case after case in which dying persons, at the moment of death, drew on the companionship of the living. The result, he says, changes the living person’s understanding of death and life.

Read the article.

From Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper.

Peace Is Every Step: Thich Nhat Hanh’s 95-Year Earthwalk

“Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the world’s most influential Zen masters, spreading messages of mindfulness, compassion and nonviolence, died on January 22 at his home in the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95. A monk with global influence and an ally of Martin Luther King, he championed what he called ‘engaged Buddhism.'” This piece is from the New York Times, shared by Daily Good. 

Read more.

From Daily Good.

Finding God’s Will

We ask what is God’s will for us. We search for it and lament when we think we have missed it. But Diana Butler Bass finds that God’s will is for us to receive what God desires and to build communities around it.

Read the reflection.

From The Cottage.

Displacing Ego and Narcissism

We tend to assess the quality of things by how we ourselves are doing.  Do we need to kill our egos? No, says Ron Rolheiser, but we need to remember from whence come our gifts.

Read the reflection.

More about Fr. Ron.

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