What Happened This Week at SpiritualityandPractice.com

Save this list! After seeing more than 300 movies this year, we are pleased to announce our choices for the 45 Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2013 to enrich and inform your spiritual journey.

 

A window on our world: Gravity and All Is Lost helped us experience what so many feel today: that there is no solid ground to stand on. We reflect on other ways this year's films reveal the state of our world in this end-of-the-year roundup.

 

Remembering Mandela. When Nelson Mandela changed worlds last week, we collected a list of some films and books about him plus two book excerpts that reveal the distinctive qualities of his leadership.

 

Reading the world for sacred meaning. December is Spiritual Literacy Month and we are posting a clip from our 13-hour DVD series on the homepage each day. These DVDs makes great gifts! Purchase the entire series here or buy individual volumes.  

 

Bursting at the seams with colorful characters. American Hustle is the must-see movie of the week with standout performances by Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. More films.  

 

Tenderizing the heart of a critical artist. Saving Mr. Banks is a delightful movie with Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, the persnickety author of Mary Poppins, and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

 

Our intercessory prayers. In our "Praying the News" blog, we've prayed for abolishing the death penalty, for fulfillment at work, in support of immigration reform, for more humane treatment of mentally ill people, and for wisdom regarding radical life extension. More blog posts.  

 

Wisdom quotes for Advent. This collection of quotes covers the themes of waiting, hope, and patience. We post a new one on the homepage each day.

 

Does he have the right stuff to succeed? Inside Llewyn Davis presents the quest for success of a singer in New York City during the winter of 1961. This quirky comedy directed by Joel and Ethan Coen is animated by a treasure trove of folk music songs and bluesy numbers.

 

Photographing the present moment. Julie DeBose's Effortless Beauty contains examples of and instructions for contemplative photography. More books. 

 

A delightful children's book on friendship. All Kinds of Friends by Norma Simon offers a lively and affirmative celebration of these close and meaningful relationships. They light up our lives. More children's books. 

 

A good practice for the holidays and anytime. An excerpt from Pema Chodron's book No Time to Lose extols the practice of rejoicing in the good fortune of others. More Spiritual Readings of the Day.  

 

A contemplative film. Museum Hours, now on DVD, ponders the mysteries of human nature and the beauties and bounties of art. This is one of the most spiritually literate films of 2013. More DVDs.  

 

A mentor of reverence. Running Wild: The Life of Clayton O. Dayton is an extraordinary documentary about a cowboy who set up a sanctuary for wild horses because of his respect for the intrinsic value of everything.

 

A resilient single mother. Wolf Children is a heart affecting and very entertaining Japanese animated film about a woman trying to raise two unusual children.


Coming Soon

♦ 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2013. Our annual selection highlights a wide range of books we recommend for your spiritual journey.

 

♦ Revenge Movies. They are all the rage, and we comment on the most recent examples.

 

♦ Can you fall in love with your operating system? The movie Her explores that possibility and has us thinking about how technology is changing our sex lives.


Recommended from Our Wisdom Archive

Spiritual practices for shopping. You are doing it anyway; might as well make it a practice. We have 20 ways to make shopping a deeper and richer experience.

 

Spiritually literate holiday gifts. Gifts have meanings attached to them, and some of them illustrate your practice of connections, imagination, play, wonder, and hope.

 

"God is in the prepositions." That quote has been very popular and shared nearly 200 times already on Facebook. See it and other memes we've created with spiritual quotes in our photo stream.

 

Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry You Through the Week

A Proverb to Ponder
"Every day of your life is a page of your history."
- Arab Proverb

 

A Pearl of Wisdom
"A thick skin is a gift from God."
- Konrad Adenauer

 

A Short Prayer
"Peace is as delicate
as the woven web of the spider;
so intricate, so complex,
yet so easily destroyed.
Lord, give us peace that lasts,
That binds us together,
that gives hope.
Peace, so delicate yet so strong,
is our prayer for today and tomorrow."
- from Timeless Prayers for Peace
edited by Geoffrey Duncan

 

A Quotation to Inspire
"We all carry within us: supreme strength, the fullness of wisdom, unquenchable joy. It is never thwarted and cannot be destroyed."
- Huston Smith

 

A Blessing from Us to You
"May it be
that beauty will attend you
in your waking,
in your resting,
and in your dreaming."
from In the Sanctuary of Women
by Jan Richardson


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