Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety

Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety

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Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety by Richard Rohr O.F.M.

"'Let us begin again, for up to now we have done nothing.' That enigmatic sense of beginning again at the end of life, at the end of an era, in the middle of so much failure, when you just want to rest and put the past behind you, that is the gift for reconstruction that we want to discover in this book. It makes Francis a man for all seasons…."-from Chapter Seven

Richard Rohr is a modern prophet calling us to change our ways. Rohr paints a critical picture of the prevailing thought, culture and attitudes of the present-day West-which he calls "The Postmodern Opportunity"-including our cultural biases, our embrace of victimhood, our often fearful attitudes toward one another and toward the Church and religion in general. Rohr offers hope in introducing the Franciscan path of transformation, the "new way of being that would change the face of history."

Rohr describes how following Saint Francis' way to forgiveness and love, and "owning the darkness," can bring us out of the postmodern pit in which we find ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867164855
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 129,645
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

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 WaterFalling UpwardImmortal 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.

JOHN BOOKSER FEISTER is assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger, managing editor of Catholic Update and founding editor of AmericanCatholic.org, Web site of St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Current Dilemma
Chapter 1The Postmodern Opportunity3
Chapter 2Beyond Victimhood19
Chapter 3Great Awakenings41
Chapter 4Transformation67
Chapter 5The Cosmic Egg of Meaning83
Chapter 6Getting a Whole New Head97
Part 2Francis the Rebuilder
Chapter 7Francis of Assisi: Showing the Way Toward Reconstruction109
Part 3Finding a Third Way
Chapter 8What Is Your Window on Reality?125
Chapter 9The Great Chain of Being135
Chapter 10The Power of Forgiveness141
Chapter 11Limits Are Good Teachers153
Chapter 12Living With Darkness163
Chapter 13Modern Models of Reconstruction175
A Reconstructionist Creed181

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at Fr. Rhore's honest and direct speaking of the current state in the Church. He does not hold back his criticism of the Church, it's leadership, or the members of the Catholic body. He draws uncanny parallels between 'our times' and the Church of today and the events that were going on during St. Francis's ministry. This is a good read for not only Catholics, but all those who wish to expand their spituality.