Gathered Wisdom, July 19

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


What makes us like God is when we choose to stretch out our hands in loving service, touching the untouchable, and bringing to them the healing, health, wholeness, and life which God desires for all humanity. In choosing to reach out and touch, Jesus invites us to do the same.

Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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David Whyte: Blessings

In this beautiful video, filmed in Ireland, poet David Whyte offers two of his blessing poems in the form of thankfulness to his surroundings.

Watch the video.

Found in Emergence Magazine.

Read the poems and find more at The Marginalian. 

Life after Death

In Frederick Buechner’s book A Crazy, Holy Grace, the author has a conversation with his dead grandmother. Death is like stepping off a trolley car, she tells him. Life doesn’t stop; it just gets deeper with God. Commenting, writer Larry Burton observes that the idea makes death less abstract.

Read the reflection.

Found in Joanna Seibert’s Daily Something. 

We Can Build Our Dreams at Any Age 

As Arianna Huffington reflects on her 71st birthday, she finds that at this age we actually have more time than we often think we do to realize our dreams and build the lives we truly want.

Read the reflection.

Found in Thrive.

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in a Secular Age

What we think we know about poverty, chastity, and obedience is undoubtedly wrong, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser.  “Poverty, chastity, and obedience are not a missing out on riches, sexuality, and freedom,” he cautions. “They are rather a genuine, rich, modality of riches, sexuality, and freedom.”

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

Watching My Friend Pretend Her Heart Isn’t Breaking

Poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer compares the weight of grief to a teaspoon of neutron star.

On Earth, just a teaspoon of neutron star
would weigh six billion tons. Six billion tons
equals the collective weight of every animal
on earth. Including the insects. Times three.

Read the rest of the poem.

Found in Daily Good.

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