Gathered Wisdom, March 8

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


Faith does not diminish the pain or damage that someone else has inflicted against us. We need God’s help to work through our anger and bitterness, to arrive at the place where forgiveness is possible. We need to do this work. Without it, we will be imprisoned.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Send Love – It Matters

In a lovely poem, Carrie Newcomer reminds us that even if we can’t be there to hug those who needs hugs – and food, and shelter, and hope – we can send love. Across the ocean, carried on God’s own spirit, we can send love.

Read and listen to the poem.

From Awakin.


We tend to think of courage as facing those things in life of which we are afraid.  But, says poet David Whyte, “To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences.”

Read the reflection.

From Daily Good.

Greater Good Resources for Peace and Conflict

The Greater Good Science Center, an educational nonprofit organization, offers resources for understanding the roots of peace, war, and reconciliation. Topics addressed in this article include Promoting peace and reconciliation, Reminders of human goodness, How political apology and forgiveness works, Resources for well-being and activism, and Resources for children’s well-being.

Read the article and find resources.

Found in Daily Good.

Our Best Farewell Gift

In Jesus’ farewell speech, he tells his followers he is leaving them his peace and his spirit.  What gift will we leave our loved ones? How can we leave a spirit of peace? Our lives and our deaths belong not just to us; they are to be given to others as a gift.

Read the reflection.

From Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

Change And New Doors

A little boy, whittling on a block of wood, just lets the shavings fall to the ground.  But our spiritual whittling means not rejecting these parts of ourselves but gathering them up and integrating them as we grow. A ministry that was once important in our lives may need to be let go for a new challenge.  

Read the reflection.

From Joanna Seibert.

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