Gathered Wisdom, Sept 27

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

Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds sway.

-John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us

Leave All and Follow Me

To grow spiritually means to leave behind that which has become too comfortable, says Br. Geoffrey Tristram. To let go of our habits, our compulsions.  “It is each morning awakening to a new day and saying to God, ‘Where do you want to lead me today on the journey of life? What are you asking me to leave behind? How are you asking me to change?’”  We resist change, but it’s how we grow. 

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From Society of St. John the Evangelist.

Reimaging

Jesus came to show us what God looks like with skin on. Incarnation is a re-imaging of God and re-imagining what a relationship with God can look like. We are called to form a new concept we have not seen before.

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From Joanna Seibert.

Grounding Power of Kindness

When Native Americans went on a hunt or a vision quest or long journey, they took with them a small medicine pouch that contained special objects reminding them of spiritual power: perhaps a feather, a bit of fur, a claw, a carved root, a pinch of tobacco, a pebble or a shell. They were to be reminders of the sources of healing and bounty and beauty. 

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From Sabbath Moment by Terry Hershey.

Being Blessed by Pagan Friends

Fr. Ron Rolheiser finds that his pagan friends, who have no use for organized religion, often bring positive energy, goodness, love, intelligence, humor, and sunshine into a room. It is a wonderful thing and should be blessed.

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More about Ron Rolheiser.

Pilgrims Journeying Within

The inner journey asks us to set aside our own plans and agendas and follow where the path takes us. We yield to a greater presence at work in our lives.

Join us for chapter 4, Making the Way by Walking from The Soul of a Pilgrim. Reflection prompts and a weekly practice are on the Wisdom Years web page.

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Gathered Wisdom, Sept. 13

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

[T]he message of the heart becomes clearer when the mind is quiet. 

Doc Childre, The HeartMath Solution

From Well for the Journey









Searching for Wholeness and Completeness

The parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin are about more than an animal and some money. They are about finding wholeness, says The Rev. Mike Marsh., rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Uvalde, Texas.

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From Interrupting the Silence.  

We All Need Forgiveness

When we have been forgiven, we are more likely to forgive others. When we have known mercy, we can show mercy. The entire gospel is about forgiveness, says Richard Rohr.

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From the Center for Action and Contemplation.

On Love

“All you need is love,” sang the Beatles. We should have listened to them. “We have become disconnected from this feeling of Love. All other issues find their roots here,” writes Justin Faerman in this reflection.

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Found in Awakin.

Stone Jars and Softer Containers

Do things have more value if we have worked hard for them, have stuck to the rules, have been earnest and obedient? Do we need our theological expression to come from stone jars? Fr. Ron Rolheiser struggles with this in his reflection.

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From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Pilgrims Journeying Within

Going on pilgrimage requires that we pack lightly. Join us this Thursday, September 15, as we discern what to leave in, what to leave out for our journey inward. Using The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Paintner as a guide, together we prepare for the journey ahead. Join us on Zoom  every Thursday, 4 p.m. (Central time).

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