Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation

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Richard Rohr was selected as one of a small group of “world renowned experts on contemplative practice and compassion” to speak at the “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion” event in Louisville, Ky., in mid-May 2013, that featured His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Franciscan friar served as the principle Christian presence—others represented Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—to speak on the search for God in contemplation, which leads to action that benefits humanity. His role as the founding director of ...
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Overview


Richard Rohr was selected as one of a small group of “world renowned experts on contemplative practice and compassion” to speak at the “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion” event in Louisville, Ky., in mid-May 2013, that featured His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Franciscan friar served as the principle Christian presence—others represented Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—to speak on the search for God in contemplation, which leads to action that benefits humanity. His role as the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation made him a fitting and powerful speaker on the subject.

In Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation, Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence, and shares that the divine silence is more than the absence of noise. That silence has a life of its own, in which we are invited into its living presence, wholeness of being, and peace it brings. This silence can absorb paradoxes, contradictions, and the challenges of life, he says, connecting us with the great chain of being. Rohr adds that while different faiths use different languages and different words, all major religions have come at the mystery of God as a dynamic flow—God as communion, God as relationships. Silence then becomes that common place for all.

This book will inspire you and show that the peace of contemplation is not something just for monks, mystics, and those divorced from the worries of the world, but rather for all people who can quiet their own mind to listen in the silence.

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By entering into the silence that is common to all, we encounter the source beyond all stories, and come forth with greater compassion, enhanced abilities for non-dual thought, patience, and unshakable hope. We come to know that none of the models put forth in a culture’s myths, including our own, are truth. That being the case, why should we argue? This silence, writes Richard Rohr, can “absorb paradoxes, contradictions and the challenges of life.” In it, we meet God and experience the indwelling presence for ourselves.

Rohr is a Franciscan priest, teacher, noted author, and founder and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He writes that “any systematic teaching of contemplation has been lost to the Western churches for most of five centuries…Even Catholic contemplative religious orders stopped teaching it to their own members, which was quite a loss indeed.” The result has been discord and division among Christians.

Rohr declares that “the Sunday service alone seldom leads people on deeper or even real journeys.” Yet, we are told to keep coming back---that if we do, we’ll eventually “get it.” But we don’t, because those in charge haven’t “got it” either. What is needed today, according to Rohr, are “living models” of the contemplative mind. “Whenever you see a movement into solitude or hermitage or quiet or any kind of aloneness, you know you have non-dual contemplative consciousness emerging,” he writes.

Rohr’s book gives an honest, and sometimes surprising, look at the richness of an inner life nourished by compassionate silence.

Foreword Reviews

The small volume is an interesting, if not thoroughly cohesive, presentation on the need to retrieve the contemplative tradition in the Christian religion.
Laurie Brink, OP, Catholic Library World

Library Journal
02/15/2014
In this brief but effective book, Rohr (Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps) commends silence to us as a function of the spiritual life, a component both of our own wholeness and our connection to nature and, ultimately, to God. Silence is not a mere cessation of noise, he explains, but has its own qualities, which can be learned and cultivated. VERDICT Rohr's book brings the appreciative reader close to the spirit of the monastic life; it should please and instruct many an individual seeker, across denominations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616367572
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 46,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Rohr is a globally recognized Catholic and Christian teacher focusing on mystical and transformational traditions. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, N.M., home of the Rohr Institute, he is the author of more than 20 books including: Yes, And…, Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, Falling Upward, The Naked Now and Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps.
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