Gathered Wisdom, Sept. 6

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

As often as you can, take a trip out to the fields to pray …. All the grasses will join you.
They will enter your prayers and give you strength to sing praises to God.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, The Empty Chair

From Well for the Journey

A Life Lived Upward Toward God

Eugene Peterson differentiates between tourists and pilgrims on the spiritual journey. Peterson reminds us of the custom of the ancient Hebrews to sing the “psalms of ascent” as they made their way to Jerusalem. They were pilgrims.

Read the article (a little long but worth it)

From Renovare.

Heaven Is a Party

Fifteen times in the gospels eternal life is likened to a feast or party. Only once is it compared to a courtroom. The good news of Jesus is that there is going to be a great party, and we are all invited.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Rationalizing our Anger and Moral Indignations

Among the hard sayings of Jesus is the one found in Luke 12:49: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” But Jesus is not talking about the fire of division, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. He is talking about the fire of the holy spirit. 

Read the reflection.

From Ron Rolheiser’s blog.

Death And Relationships

When someone we love dies, our relationship with them is not ended but changed, says Joanna Seibert.   “Death is not a period at the end of a sentence, but more like a comma.” 

Read the brief reflection.

From Joanna’s blog.

Pilgrims Journeying Within

“To journey without being changed is to be a nomad,” says Mark Nepo. “To change without journeying is to be a chameleon.” But “To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.” The Wisdom Years community will walk as pilgrims in our next online offering that begins this week.  Join us by Zoom on Thursdays at 4 pm (Central time), or use the material on your own.

It will be posted each week on the WY website at

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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