Gathered Wisdom, Mar 7, 2023

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

It may be that there is a laundry list you have prayerfully assembled to tackle this Lent. You are not going to get to everything. Pick one or two things and then stick with those. Hold these intentions as a focus of your prayer with Jesus and ask him to heal and transfigure them. In this way we can turn a season of discipline into a lifetime of discipleship.

Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
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Awake and Connected to Our Divine Parent

Have you ever noticed that when you take your children to a playground they want to play with their friends but every once in a while glance at you to make sure you are still there? It is a form of “heathy attachment,” and is mindful of our relationship with God.

Read the essay.

From Renovare.

Bringing Forth New Life

Amma Syncletica, one of the Desert Mothers from the third and fourth centuries, advises the spiritual seeker to stay in one place. Just as eggs in a bird nest will not hatch if the mother abandons the nest, so the monk or the nun grows cold and their faith dies when they go from one place to another, says Amma. What is the lesson here for us?

Read the reflection from the Rev. Mary C. Earle on Richard Rohr’s “Daily Meditations.”

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Peace to Those Who Enjoy God’s Favor

Have you ever stood by the window watching for someone to get home – a child coming from school? A teenager out with your car for the very first time on a Saturday night? A spouse driving home from work during a bad storm? That is how God loves us, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser.

Read the essay.

More about Ron Rolheieser.

Age-Tempered Living: Choosing your Changes

“Getting older changes us and we can cooperate with it, or fight it, and it’s usually some kind of combination of the two,” says writer John Schuster. His method of choice in aging is “tempering” – doing more of what gives him joy and less of what doesn’t.

Read the reflection.

From Evocateur by John Schuster.

Three Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage

In a TED talk, Valerie Kaur reminds us that revolutionary love is what we need most right now. She compares it to being willing to go through labor in the name of love. As a Sikh, she speaks as an American who has been labeled as dangerous and “the other.”

Watch the powerful video. ( 22 min)

From Karma Tube.

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