Gathered Wisdom, May 23, 2023

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

During Ascensiontide, we behold the glory and grandeur of God – not by gazing at feet dangling out of clouds, but by pondering the very heart of mystery. We too are clothed in glory, even now.

Br. James Koester, SSJE



A workshop for older adults.
From The Wisdom Years

July 15, 9 am To 12:30 pm

A morning for digging into the joys and challenges of the later years.

In-person at the Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio
And hybrid by Zoom

To indicate interest, email to

Registration opens in early June.

The Divine Dimension of Life

James Finley, Center for Action and Contemplation teacher and psychotherapist, provides a helpful image about how our lives and struggles intersect with the ever-present love of God. The image help us remember we are not alone. Finley uses the technique with his patients, but we need not be clinically depressed to appreciate the image.

Read the reflection.

Graphic from Center for Action and Contemplation.

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned

The night before he was crucified, Jesus gave a comforting message to his friends. “I will not leave you orphaned,” he said to the gathered disciples. He was telling them that Holy Spirit would walk with them. This Sunday, May 28, we celebrate Pentecost – the day of the coming of the Holy Spirit – not just to the first disciples but to all of us.

Read the sermon.

From Society of St. John the Evangelist.

Cataclysms of the Heart

When our world falls apart, when we enter that “dark night of the soul,” we must remember that God does not desert us. Why does this “dark night” happen? It is like a honeymoon, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. Honeymoons are wonderful, but, on a honeymoon, generally we are more in love with being in love and all the wonderful energy this creates than we are in love with the person behind all those feelings.

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Earth Turns to Gold

In this short film from Green Renaissance, Shalav Israel says that “When we begin to share our stories, our experiences, then we are slowly peeling away on these ideas that separate us and create more pain and suffering. More and more, people are beginning to realize that it is not my skin color that defines me, it’s the concern that I have for the next person.”

Watch the video.

Posted on the Grateful Living Network.

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