Gathered Wisdom, June 14

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


It is remarkable how God entrusts mission in the world to us human beings, who are plagued by weaknesses and faults. All of the disciples abandoned Jesus in his hour of great need, and yet their past infidelities and failures did not prevent them from being chosen and sent to proclaim his Good News. What a great consolation for us, who are trying our best to fly but are not always graceful or effective.

-Br. David Vryhof

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Turning Survival Inside Out

Life is not just about trying to survive, says Kerri Lake in Awakin. “Life begets life. Life celebrates itself in every subtlety and every overwhelm. Even in an environment that seems to be lacking the means, somehow, life finds its way.”

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

Struggling for Sustenance

Even Jesus struggled with not giving in to coldness and hatred. But we can tap into the same “umbilical cord” that nurtured Jesus: God’s grace and strength.

Read the reflection.

More about Ron Rolheiser.

When Things Are Unveiling

Contemplative practice teaches us to welcome life as it really is, asking God to show us the good lessons we need to learn. In contemplative prayer we find a practice that helps us lessen our resistance to change and our tight grasp around things.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Getting older, noticing more

Courtney Martin offers a poem about what she notices as she gets older.  Knee sounds are on the list.

Read the delightful poem.

From The Examined Family.

Lifting up the lowly

Some things we know before we know that we know.   Theologian George Lindbeck said that we are called to worship before we can understand what it means. Writer Mary Lee Wilie finds this to be true in the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth that brought forth the Magnificat – which she often sang before she knew what it meant.

Read the reflection.

From Grow Christians.

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