Richard Rohr

(Richard Rohr, O.F.M.)

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Ancients knew that you need guidance, patronage and protection as you move from one place or state to another, whenever you cross a bridge. You had better know what you are doing when you leave one group or place to join another.
Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.
Egoic consciousness is the one we all normally operate with, until we are told there is something else! Every culture teaches egoic consciousness in different ways. At that level it is all about me, my preferences, my choices, my needs, my desires and me and my group as the central reference point.
God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;History ;Religion & God
Having a school really is the fulfillment of a longtime dream of mine.
I believe in mystery and multiplicity. To religious believers this may sound almost pagan. But I don't think so.
I cannot illustrate huge differences between male and female spiritualities except in their starting points, style and fascinations along the way. This is significant, however, and has huge pastoral implications: men must be challenged in the world of doing; women must be challenged in the world of relating. Women
I decided years ago that if I'm going to keep teaching contemplation, then the last years of my life should be contemplative. Life
I see little difference in the attitudes of those who consider themselves Christian and those who are openly secular and agnostic. Most Christian citizenship appears to be clearly right here - on this little bit of very unreal estate.
If God continues to give me health and a sane mind and verbal ability, I want to teach. Religion & God ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If our love of God does not directly influence, and even change, how we engage in the issues of our time on this earth, I wonder what good religion is. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you depend on being emotionally inspired or newly motivated, you will need a new fix almost every day.
In my opinion, most organized religion does neither agentic service nor relational nurturance very well. Religion & God
It is so important to balance orthodoxy with orthopraxy.
It's not correct to say Jesus is God. Now, don't run and report me to the bishop, all right? It's not correct to say that - Jesus is the union of the human and the divine. That's different. Religion & God
I've had the good fortune of teaching and preaching across much of the globe, while also struggling to make sense of my experience in my own tiny world.
Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this. Religion & God
Jesus is the very concrete truth revealing and standing in for the universal truth. Truth
Men and women are most alike at their most mature and soulful levels. Men and women are most different only at their most immature and merely physical levels. Women
Most Christian 'believers' tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness. It has been true of slavery and racism, classism and consumerism and issues of immigration and health care for the poor. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Most of the Catholics Christians I've met would for all practical purposes believe Jesus is God only, and we are human only. We missed the big point. The point is the integration, both in Jesus and ourselves. Religion & God
Most women prefer circles of sharing to pyramids and hierarchies. They prefer conversation to construction. They will usually choose nurturance and empathy over competition and climbing. They will normally choose connection over simple performance games. Women
Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing. Nature
One is struck in the study of saints, angels and gods by a pattern that seems quaint and harmless. Yet, it is so common that I know there must be a deeper meaning. There always seem to be guardians and spirits of doors, bridges, exits and entranceways.
One wonders how far spiritual and political leaders can genuinely lead us without some degree of mystical seeing and action.
One would think that people who insist on being monotheistic would be the first in line to walk across the artificial boundaries created by nation states, class systems, cultures and even religions. But often they are the last!
People inside of belonging systems are very threatened by those who are not within that group. They are threatened by anyone who has found their citizenship in places they cannot control.
Religious belief has made me comfortable with ambiguity.
The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves. Hope
The true mystic is always both humble and compassionate, for she knows that she does not know.
This life journey has led me to love mystery and not feel the need to change it or make it un-mysterious. This has put me at odds with many other believers I know who seem to need explanations for everything. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Transformed people transform people.
We Catholics must admit that there is a constant temptation among us to avoid the lectionary and the Word of God for private and pious devotions that usually have little power to actually change us or call our ego assumptions into question. Power ;Religion & God
We looked too long for God and truth through words alone. The fruit for humanity has been rather limited, it seems to me - especially when I observe every day the extraordinary amount of unhappy and angry people in well educated and 'religious' countries. Truth ;Religion & God
When 'happiness' eludes us - as, eventually, it always will - we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again. Power ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Without transformation, you can assume you're at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.
Words and ideas work in the short run to get you through school and to impress educators and employers. But they do not work in the long run or in the deep run. We soon find ourselves separate and without wonder. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Yes, the natural world is the first and primary Bible. We have not honored it, so how could we, or would we, know how to honor and properly use the second Bible, when it was written.
You have to find some way to not become a cynical or negative person, a person who keeps walking around and opening your eyes in the outside world but inside you close down, a person who stops expecting tomorrow to be better than today.
Your heart has to be prepared ahead of time through faith and prayer and grace and mercy and love and forgiveness so you can keep your heart open in hell, when hell happens. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God