Gathered Wisdom, Mar 28, 2023

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

What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement when we need to unfold.

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Dance

From Well for the Journey


Being in community has much to teach us, says Joanna Seibert. In community we learn, among other things, how our gifts are needed in the world – and that we don’t have all the gifts, and that’s OK.

Read the reflection.

From Joanna Seibert.

We Learn by Doing It Wrong

We tend to think that we learn by getting good at something. But Richard Rohr teaches that we learn best by our mistakes. “The only way we stay on the path with any authenticity is to constantly experience our incapacity to do it, our failure at doing it,” says Rohr.

Read the reflection

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

There are angels

To access our lightness, sometimes we have to see through the darkness. But always there are angels along the way. Enjoy this short video from Karma Tube,  an all-volunteer organization dedicated to contributing to the world in a meaningful way.

Watch the video.

More about Karma Tube.

Ask, Search, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you,” said Jesus. (Matt 7:7).  But what if it’s not? What if I search and find nothing? Asking and searching takes an initiative and a willingness to expose our hearts, says Br Keith Nelson of the Society of John the Evangelist. Do we trust God’s generosity enough to name our need?

Read or listen to the sermon.


Faith through Mysticism

Being born into a Christian family and worshipping within a Christian church can give us a relationship to a religion, to an ideology, to a truth, and to a community of worship, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser.  But that is not the same as an actual faith in God .

Read the reflection.

From Ron Rolheiser’s blog.

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