Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lentby Richard Rohr
Richard Rohr, one of today's most prophetic voices, invites us to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight-and holy desire! These daily meditations for Lent are his gift to us for our transformation into our original image and likeness, which is the very image of God. See more details below
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Richard Rohr, one of today's most prophetic voices, invites us to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight-and holy desire! These daily meditations for Lent are his gift to us for our transformation into our original image and likeness, which is the very image of God.
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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."
Rohr is understandable and mature, an excellent guide on the Lenten Journey. I will use it year after year.
It is a great read so far.
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!