Gathered Wisdom, Feb 7, 2023

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

Taking a moment
to figure out
how you really feel
instead of letting
old patterns decide for you
is one of the most
authentic things you can do

-Yung Pueblo, Clarity & Connection

From Well for the Journey

Visio Divina

Praying with our eyes is how Vivianne David describes visio divina. Traditionally, we take that to mean looking at art, but actually we do it all the time. Sitting in nature and allowing it to draw us to the God of creation is an act of visio divina.

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From Renovare.

#heartivism: Gently Shaking The World

Activism so often includes anger and acts of violence. I am right, so you must be wrong. But Nipun Mehta, founder of Service Space, preaches “heartivism” – a third way between two “right” positions. This article is long but worth the read.

Read Mehta’s talk delivered in January 2023 for the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at University of Pennsylvania.

Found in Daily Good.

Musings About Valentine’s Day

Joyce Rupp intends to approach Valentine’s Day this year “as a time to observe and affirm the relationships that influence our lives in constructive and satisfying ways.” The lovers, friends, relatives, and colleagues who  “enrich us with their acceptance, guidance, and valuable encouragement.”

Read the reflection.

From Joyce Rupp’s newsletter.

God Hole

“Each of us has a hole in our mind, our heart, and our body that only God can fill,” writes Joanna Seibert. “So instead, we try to fill it with relationships, food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, sports, work, power . . .” But God calls us to help each other find that God hole and fill it with “the best unconditional love we can muster.”

Read the reflection.

From Joanna Seibert.

Our Longing for God’s Justice

For Isaiah it was not enough that God would someday shower righteous people with blessings. There must also be punishment for the unrighteous – a “day of vengeance” (Is. 61:2). We are not so far from calling for vengeance ourselves. Like the older brother of the prodigal son, we might be doing a lot of things right, but lack warmth for others in our hearts.

Read the reflection.

From Fr Ron Rolheiser.

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