Gathered Wisdom, March 14, 2023

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

Within yourself is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.

-Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

From Well for the Journey

The Way of Sabbath

We are accustomed to thinking that on the seventh day of creation, God did nothing, that God rested. But Abraham Heschel sees it another way in his book The Sabbath. On the seventh day, says Heschel, God created Sabbath and declared that Israel would be her mate, as a bride. The seventh day is not simply an abstract idea; it is a living presence and is to be treated as a welcome guest.

Materials for week 4 of the Wisdom Years Lenten study on the Sabbath are now posted. Find it all here.

Everyday Pilgrims

“Pilgrimage need not take place in an exotic, faraway locale,” says Richard Rohr. Pilgrimage can take place anywhere we experience God. One simply needs to have a purpose and place in mind where one can go in order to experience the Holy.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Living with Less Fear

Too many people live with a fear of God, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. “Everything inside of our Christian faith invites us to move towards God in intimacy rather than in fear,” he says. Rolheiser offers ten principles that invite us to live in less fear of the Almighty.

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

The Grand Predicament

Most of us live with the idea that we are not enough, not sufficient, that we don’t belong. So we are endlessly trying to make ourselves better. Ironically, knowing that we are enough comes when we finally surrender to a moment of not knowing.

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

Instructions on Not Giving Up

A poem

More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me.

Read the rest of the poem.

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