Gathered Wisdom, May 16, 2023

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

In prayer today, we might ask God to reveal to us the opportunities that are before us at this moment. Perhaps there is a window of opportunity in which we can express our love and gratitude to someone. Perhaps the soil is just right for planting some new seeds. Do not delay. Do not lose this opportunity. Take full advantage of this moment in your life’s history.

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

A Lesson in Aging

Aging is a gift, even if unwanted, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser.  Aging, he says, “forces us, mostly against our will, to listen to our soul more deeply and more honestly so as to draw from its deeper wells and begin to make peace with its complexity, its shadow, and its deepest proclivities.” 

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rom the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

An Open Empty Space

Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, insists that regularly-scheduled private retreats are essential for spiritual growth. In this, we follow our leader, Jesus, who often went away to a lonely place for prayer and refreshment.

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From Renovare.

Making It Real

We are limited, fallible, frail creatures, says Br. Lain Wilson of the Society of St. John the Evangelist. So when Jesus says to us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (Jn 14:1). Do we believe him? God is always speaking to us—in word and image, relationship and experience, memory and imagination. God is always speaking to us, and it’s up to us to learn how to listen. 

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From SSJE.

See The Universe In A Sunflower

Just because we can’t see something right now doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It’s just a matter of time and latent conditions says Thich Nhat Hanh.

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From Awakin.

Trusting God

Even when we feel out of control, the psalmist teaches us to recall God’s past faithfulness and look toward to the future with trust.

Find the materials for week 5 of The Wisdom Years psalms study, “God’s People Speak to God.”

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