Sages, Saints, Crones & Elders

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Elders, mentors, sages and saints ....

... We all have names for those folks, whether currently living or long-dead, who helped shape our lives to this point. So also do we celebrate how they might continue to help us on our way by their impact in this world, the examples of their lives we can follow, their wisdom and insight that was often born of struggles we will never know.  


On this page, to the left, you will find some links regarding a few folk who have made a difference for many. Some are still making that difference. Take a look for how and why their lives have meaning. Consider the path of your own life and faith. And know that somewhere there is likely another person who is watching you for inspiration and strength, as well.


How will your life inspire the ones who are coming after us?


Angeles Arrien, PhD: spiritual biography (commonweal)


Anisa Mehdi: an american muslim


Benedict's rule: a commentary of the wisdom of St. Benedict


Black Elk: healer, spiritual leader, teacher, sun dancer


Brigid of Kildare


Carrie Newcomer: musician, poet, mystic


Catherine of Siena: teacher, doctor, activist


Cedric Jennings: inner city to ivy league


Columcille (Columba): monk, author, celtic monastic


C.S. Lewis: life, love and legacy


Cuthbert of Lindisfarne: prior, hermit, bishop


Daniel Berrigan


David Spangler: apprenticed to spirit (commonweal)


David Steindl-Rast: spiritual biography (commonweal)


David Whyte -- poet (commonweal)


Deitrich Bonhoeffer: theologian, pastor, martyr


Eboo Patel: interfaith youth spirituality


Elizabeth Hamilton: untrain your parrot


Elizabeth Lesser: writer, mystic, teacher, co-founder of


Francis Collins: science and god


Francis of Assisi: mystic, teacher, founder of franciscan


Fred Craddock: preacher, story-teller


Frederica Matthewes-Green: Orthodoxy


Frederick Buechner: author, theologian, mystic


Fritz & Vivienne Hull:

     environmentalists, activists, mystics and teachers

         - about

         - Earth and Spirit (editor)

         - Fritz Hull: spiritual biography

         - Iona: a guide to the sacred isle

         - Iona Report: story of an enduring vision

         - Seattle Times Article

         - serving a greater cause

         - Women Of Whidbey: Vivienne Hull


Gary Malkin: forward through grief


Geri Larkin: buddhist teacher, writer


Gregory Fruehwirth: exploring faith


Harold Kushner: rabbi, counselor, author


Henri Nouwen: priest, pastor, friend


Hildegard of Bingen: monastic, prophetic visionary, musician


Ignatius


John O'Donohue: priest, philospher, activist


Julian of Norwich: mystic, writer, anchoress


Juris Rubensis: faith under totalitarianism


Kurt Hoelting: on inside passages


Lao Tzu: chinese philosopher


Lawrence Kushner: jewish spirituality


Leonard Sweet: faith and future


living spiritual teachers project


Luci Shaw: god, nature and poetry


Mahatma Gandhi


Marcus Borg: exploring faith


Marjorie Corbman: teens and faith


Mark Nepo: poet, philospoher, teacher


Martin Luther King, Jr.: moving mountains


Matthew Fox: theologian, mystic, teacher


Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Orlando Bishop: spiritual biography (commonweal)


Parker Palmer: teacher, activist

    -center for courage and renewal bio


Philip Gulley: author, theologian, story-teller


Phil Miller: on ritual and holy days


Phyllis Tickle: first sundays


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


Rachel Carson -- scientist, environmentalist, mystic:

    - carson's silent spring

    - bill moyars on carson


Rachel Naomi Remen, MD (commonweal)

     - Remen: Onbeing

     - stories & poems at end of life


Ram Dass: exploring faith


Rainer Maria Rilke -- poet:

    - biography

    - poems


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remembering spiritual masters project


Richard Rohr: priest, mystic, teacher


Robert Capon -- priest, theologian, food critic:

      - the homily

      - a tribute

      - rip


Rumi: mystic, poet, teacher

      - essential rumi (amazon)

      - great ... prayers - rumi

      - one song (rumi)

      - poet, rumi

      - rumi quotes

      - today (rumi)

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso:

     writing and children's spirituality


Simone Weil: philosopher, activist


Shunryu Suzuki Roshi: teacher, monk, zen master

     - the life and teachings of Suzuki


Swami Adiswarananda: vedanta


Tenzin Gyatso: 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet


Teresa of Avila: mystic and more


Thérése of Lisieux


Thich Nhat Hanh -- monk, teacher, activist, scholar, poet :

    - biography

    - how to live mindfully

    - peace, presence, mindfulness


Thomas Berry: priest, mystic, theologian, environmentalist


Thomas Keating:

     - keating on contemplative prayer


Thomas Merton: monk, poet, spiritual leader, activist


Thomas Moore: author, mystic, teacher


Simone Weil: philosopher, activist


Shunryu Suzuki Roshi: teacher, monk, zen master

     - the life and teachings of Suzuki


Swami Adiswarananda: vedanta


Tenzin Gyatso: 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet


Teresa of Avila: mystic and more


Thérése of Lisieux


Thich Nhat Hanh -- monk, teacher, activist, scholar, poet :

    - biography

    - how to live mindfully

    - peace, presence, mindfulness


Thomas Berry: priest, mystic, theologian, environmentalist


Thomas Keating:

     - keating on contemplative prayer


Thomas Merton: monk, poet, spiritual leader, activist