Gathered Wisdom, July 12

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

Our distinctive gifts and needs are intended as complements to one another, not for competition or conflict. By God’s design, in life together, we become whole.

-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Truly Wealthy

Using his gift as an artist, Obert Jongwe found a way to help others during the pandemic in his home country of Zimbabwe. He sells his paintings and gives part of the money to families in need. Obert reminds us of the value of community.

Watch the short video.

A Green Renaissance film, found at Network for Grateful Living.

The Zealots and the Pharisees

One of the core principles of the Center for Action and Contemplation addresses our unfortunate practice of condemning those we disagree with. CAC believes that “The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Oppositional energy only creates more of the same.” Fr. Richard Rohr sees this as a “fight or flight” response.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Dying Into Safe Hands

We are born into the arms of our mother; we die into the arms of God, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. “ All of us die, still needing a mother,” says Rolheiser.  “But we have the assurance of our faith that we will be born into safer and more nurturing hands than our own.”

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Remembering Freedom

The Rev. Amy Steele of Upper Room says freedom is both a political and spiritual good. She considers the freedom we had in Eden and the freedom of the Exodus to be works of God, proof that God will never let go of that which God has made.

Read the reflection.

From The Upper Room. 

A Prayer Meditation for Ukraine

In this 15-minute audio meditation, Nathan Foster calls upon God in an honest and open plea for God to come to the aid of the people of Ukraine.  The meditation can be offered for all who suffer due to oppression and evil. 

Listen to the podcast.

From Renovare.


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