Gathered Wisdom, Aug. 9

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


We live in a world and in an age that tells us there are people and places where Jesus shouldn’t be, mustn’t be, can’t be, and won’t possibly act. And that’s simply not true. Everyone, and I mean everyone: you, and me, and your neighbor across the street, and your neighbor across the world, is worthy of Jesus’ merciful, saving, and healing touch.

-Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Knowing and Loving Our Bodies

When we ache, when we are tired, even when we have a little itch, God incarnate also experienced that.  So when we think, “I’m so weary,” we can trust that Jesus knows something about that.

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From Center for Action and Contemplation.

The Opponent Relationship Is Not A Contest

Every person we meet, every experience in our environment, is a relationship. In almost every situation we adjust our own response to the relationship based on what we are “reading” in the other. It is always a learning opportunity.

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From Awakin.

If That’s What Faith Is Like

“There are events, times, and seasons in each of our lives when everything we thought we knew or believed is called into question,” reflects the Rev. Mike Marsh. As rector of an Episcopal church in Uvalde, Texas, Marsh understands when the narrative of our life has been ruptured. “We no longer know what we believe about God, life, or the world. We’re not sure where to place our trust or in what to hope.” Perhaps the faith that is called for in this time is God’s faith in us.

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From Interrupting the Silence.

Healing Traumas of Omission

In a deeply personal essay, Brian Morykon, Director of Communications for Renovare, writes about recognizing what needs to be healed from childhood, even if it was not what we think of as “trauma.” Even when our parents did they best they could, there may still be things that need to be healed. 

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From Renovare.


Why is it that we come to wisdom and maturity only after painful experiences – like the fever of a severe illness? Why do we not learn from our positive experiences? Although we have no logical answer to the question, experience teaches us it is true.

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From Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

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