Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent

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Rohr's meditations on the daily readings of Lent are not for the sake of mere information, or even for academia (although the author hopes it will satisfy both), but for the sake of our transformation into our original "image and likeness," which is the very image of God. What always and finally matters for all of us is encounter!

Father Rohr begins each meditation with a single title or phrase that sums up the point. Then he offers the meditation followed by key passages from ...

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Rohr's meditations on the daily readings of Lent are not for the sake of mere information, or even for academia (although the author hopes it will satisfy both), but for the sake of our transformation into our original "image and likeness," which is the very image of God. What always and finally matters for all of us is encounter!

Father Rohr begins each meditation with a single title or phrase that sums up the point. Then he offers the meditation followed by key passages from the readings. He ends each meditation with a Starter Prayer that invites you to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight—and holy desire!

"There are two moments that matter. One is when you know that your one and only life is absolutely valuable and alive. The other is when you know your life, as presently lived, is entirely pointless and empty. You need both of them to keep you going in the right direction. Lent is about both. The first such moment gives you energy and joy by connecting you with your ultimate Source and Ground. The second gives you limits and boundaries, and a proper humility, so you keep seeking the Source and Ground and not just your small self."—From the Introduction

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  • ISBN-13: 9780867169874
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 597,756
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (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 Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr: Daily Meditations for Advent, he gives retreats and lectures internationally. He is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines.
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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    Image and Likeness of God

    Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, is founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an internationally known retreat leader, lecturer, and author. His latest book, Wondrous Encounters, is designed to transform us into our original image and likeness, the image of God. Each meditation is composed of a title summarizing the theme, a brief mediation, key passages from the day's readings, and a starter prayer. On Ash Wednesday Rohr calls us to pray for the desire to desire. Holy Thursday, he writes is "an honest day of very good ritual that gathers all the absolutely essential but often avoided messages-necessary suffering, real sharing, divine intimacy, and loving servanthood." In the Holy Saturday meditation, he reminds us that "biblical hope is the certainty that things finally have a victorious meaning no matter how they turn out." His meditation on the Raising of Lazarus (Fifth Sunday, John 11:1-45) touches first on our anxiety over death. Jesus speaks of light and darkness and tells the disciples he will awaken Lazarus, who is only sleeping. The story is familiar, but Rohr emphasizes a point not commonly mentioned: Jesus involved others in bringing about the resurrection of Lazarus. Onlookers were invited to roll back the stone and unbind Lazarus. Jesus woke up Lazarus and the onlookers and portrayed the role of all disciples in creating a culture of life and resurrection. We are to see the world bathed in light and help others to do likewise. The stone to be moved away, Rohr writes, is fear of death and "any blindness that keeps us from seeing that death is merely a part of the Larger Mystery called Life."

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    Posted March 14, 2014

    excellent

    It is a great read so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Reading and praying with this book has truly been for me a "wondrous encounter" with the God who continuously calls us to conversion and freedom. This has been a steady companion on my Lenten journey. Thanks Richard Rohr!

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