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Posted August 16, 2013
The courage to believe Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr is the au
The courage to believe
Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr is the author of more than 20 books and numerous articles, an internationally known speaker, and founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplations (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Those with more than a passing knowledge of Rohr’s history may be aware that, at age 70, he is cutting back on his travels in favor of a long-held dream of opening the “Living School for Action and Contemplation” at CAC. The curriculum will be based on seven central themes Rohr developed over the years: methodology, foundation, frame, ecumenical, transformation, process, and goal. In his latest book, “Yes/And!” Rohr organizes excerpts and adaptations from his previous works under these seven themes. A deep understanding of the themes isn’t essential to appreciating the 366 titled reflections, most of which cover only one page.
The book is suitable for individual or group use, and lends to either straight-through reading or browsing. The range of topics is extensive. A few examples:
“In the inspired documents of Vatican II, I found my best teacher in putting together Scripture, Tradition, and Experience in a quite reasonable (rational) way.”
“Jesus, you could say, came to show us how to suffer, how to carry ‘the legitimate pain of being human,’ as Jung called it.”
“Substance addictions are merely the most visible form of addiction, but actually we are all addicted to our own habitual way of doing anything, our own defenses, and most especially our patterned way of thinking or how we process our reality.”
“In recent years and elections, one might have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of authentic Christianity....They never were the criteria of proper membership for the first two thousand years, but they reflect very recent culture wars instead.”
In the end, Rohr writes that he is most excited when a conference participant says “Richard, you did not tell me anything new. Somehow I always knew this would be the case, and you just gave me the courage to believe it.”
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