May 23, 2014
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Enrich your next trip. Tour leader and bestselling writer on pilgrimage Phil Cousineau will show you how in our June e-course "Transformational Travel: The Art of Finding Meaning on the Road." Sign up here.

Listening and living with God. Learn the Christian contemplative practice of praying the scriptures known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading). Take this one-month retreat alone or sign up for it as part of a series of e-courses led by Contemplative Outreach. 


Action, intriguing story, and memorable characters. X-Men: Days of Future Past has all the ingredients of a summer blockbuster, and it also got us thinking. We've come up with some questions for your spiritual prep before seeing the movie. More films. 


Everyday life will never be the same. That's what the experts are predicting with the coming of a revolution in digital technology. In a two-part blog post we look at predictions about the Internet of Things and the the spiritual implications of this immersive ambient network of smart phones, sensors, embedded apps, and other devices. More blog posts.


Is a picture worth 1000 words? Words and Pictures is a romantic comedy that charts the arc of a relationship between two teachers who are passionate about their art.


Living together with a common purpose. Intentional communities are more and more popular, so we've curated our content about them with links to books, excerpts, DVDs, quotations, and more.


Being present while doing chores. This reading from Rituals: Light for the Soul by Michael Davis is part of our May emphasis on rituals. See the collection of rituals.


Meet Andrew Linzey. This Anglican priest and advocate for animal rights is a new addition to our Living Spiritual Teachers Project. See a list of all the teachers. 


Meet Diarmuid O' Murchu. This theologian specializing in science and spirituality is another addition to the Living Spiritual Teachers Project.


Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. Our "Naming the Days" feature includes prayers of remembrance for those who died in many wars and for reconciliation with those who also try to keep the peace in their own ways. More Naming the Days. 


The spiritual transformation of a sports agent. Million Dollar Arm is a good addition to the sports movie genre.


Who said you can't teach elders new tricks? Cyber-Seniors is an entertaining Canadian documentary about a group of teenage mentors who help retirement community residents learn how to use email, the Internet, Facebook, and YouTube.


Six pilgrims on a physical and spiritual journey. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago is a top-notch documentary on this much-traveled pilgrimage route.


Art and human rights. Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case is a Danish documentary on this artist's most recent activism in China.


Become an achievement architect. Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel gives advice on managing your time using apps and outsourcing errands. More books. 


A pioneer of multiple religious belonging. The Jewish Cardinal tells the true story of a Jewish Catholic convert in France who rose through the ranks and became an advisor to Pope John Paul II. More DVDs. 


Four compassionate and courageous doctors. After Tiller, now on DVD, is a sensitive and intelligent documentary about the abortion battles.


An intimate relationship with technology. Her, one of the most spiritually literate films of 2013, is now on DVD. Along with our review, see our essay on the quest for relationship in Her. 

Coming Soon


♦ More additions to the Living Spiritual Teachers Project, including Robert Wicks and Elisabeth Johnson.


♦ Resources to raise awareness of climate change, including a review of the superb documentary Wisdom to Survive.


♦ Curated content for our pages on Protestantism and Sufism in the "Religions and Spiritual Paths" section.

Recommended from Our Wisdom Archive

Watch Mud on Netflix streaming, Amazon Instant Video, and DVD. It's a fresh coming-of-age tale with an impressive performance by Tye Sheridan as a sensitive, kind, and caring teenager with a good heart.

Watch Stand by Me on Amazon Instant Video and DVD. Director Rob Reiner's classic film is both a coming-of-age story and an ode to childhood friendship.

"You are destined to fly, but that cocoon has got to go." (Nellie Morton)". That's one of the quotes we've made into a meme and posted on Facebook. "Like" our page to see more.  

Resources for Your Spiritual Journey to Carry You Through the Week

A Proverb to Ponder
"Be not afraid of going slowly,
be afraid of only standing still."
- Chinese Proverb


A Pearl of Wisdom
"Another name for God is surprise!"
- Brother David Steindl-Rast


A Short Prayer
"Play in this universe. Tend
All these shining things around you:
The smallest plant, the creatures and
objects in your care.
Be gentle and nurture."
- Anne Hillman in WomanPrayers
by Mary Ford-Grabowsky


A Quotation to Inspire
"I am not afraid of tomorrow,
for I have seen yesterday and I love today."
- William Allen White


A Blessing from Us to You
"The blessing of God and the Lord be yours.
The blessing of the perfect Spirit be yours.
The blessing of the three be pouring on you
mildly and generously, more and more
and forever."
- from Celtic Blessings compiled by Ray Simpson

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