Preparing for Christmas

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Now available for the trade market, Richard Rohr’s Scriptural reflections for Advent are the perfect preparation for the Christmas season. This beautiful redesign provides daily reflections for the Advent season, along with each day's Scripture readings and questions for reflection.
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Now available for the trade market, Richard Rohr’s Scriptural reflections for Advent are the perfect preparation for the Christmas season. This beautiful redesign provides daily reflections for the Advent season, along with each day's Scripture readings and questions for reflection.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616364786
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 93
  • Sales rank: 1,417,931
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Franciscan priest Richard Rohr is founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He considers the proclamation of the gospel to be his primary call, and the related themes he addresses include eco-spirituality, Scripture as liberation, non-dual thought, the integration of action and contemplation, peace and justice issues, and male spirituality. Author of numerous books, including Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality and Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, he gives retreats and lectures internationally. He is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines.
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  • Posted October 16, 2012

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    Authentic God-encounters

    Richard Rohr never fails to impart fresh perspectives. The following overview from the December 19 reflection in Preparing for Christmas is a good example. Fr. Rohr recalls the scripture story of Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy (Lk 1:5-25). Noting how often wives of patriarchs failed to conceive, he suggests that barrenness/fertility may be symbolic. Not only that, he writes, but “Maybe all of the healing stories are more about real transformation than medical cures. In discussing scripture stories about lepers, Rohr explains that in Jesus’ time “leprosy” was a broad term applied to people who were seen as physically unacceptable in some way, and therefore excluded from society. He points out that Jesus always touches the “lepers,” becoming ritually unclean himself—an act of solidarity and compassion. In addition, Jesus frequently sends the healed lepers to a new community, allowing them to gain or regain social acceptability, Rohr writes. “That is the healing!” Perhaps barren women and lepers, as well as fertile women and reintegrated lepers, are stand-ins for all of us. “Authentic God encounters make us all spiritually fertile and humanly connected.” Richard Rohr, a priest of the New Mexico Province, is an internationally known teacher who has published numerous recorded talks and books. Preparing for Christmas provides scripture, reflection, and prayer for each day of advent.

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