Yes, and...: Daily Meditations

Author(s): R. Rohr

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This perennial book features 366 meditations, each written by Rohr and adapted or excerpted from his many written and recorded works. The meditations are arranged around seven themes:

    1. Methodology: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by tradition, are good scales for one's spiritual worldview2. Foundation: If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the Ground of Being and on our side.3. Frame: There is only one Reality. Any distinction between natural and supernatural, sacred and profane is a bogus one.4. Ecumenical: Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light.5. Transformation: The separate self is the problem, whereas most religion and most people make the "shadow self" the problem. This leads to denial, pretending, and projecting instead of real transformation into the Divine.6. Process: The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines.7. Goal: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not private perfection, is the goal of all religion."Yes, and..."is an excellent daily prayer resource for fans of Richard Rohr's work, and those who are looking for an alternate way to live out their faith--a way centered in the open-minded search for spiritual relevance of a transforming nature.

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These themes divide all entries into seven sections. They are like facets of a single diamond, each one shedding new light as one turns the stone. They are interconnected and overlapping, yielding some repetition. Items in 3 are implied in 7, nonduality. They read like educational objectives to train spiritual directors. That seems to be what Rohr has been doing: lecturing, writing twenty books, and creating groups like the Center for Action and Contemplation. Rohr has a gift to put real-life experiences into clear words and alternative viewpoints. Speaking of the "beginner's mind," he says people tell him, "You did not tell me anything new...you just gave me the courage to believe it" (411). His New Testament interpretations are keen. More than once he made me check the Greek, not because of his modern translations, but to go deeper with him into its meaning. Wisdom of world religions is integrated into his analyses. His use of Jungian and psychological terms is ever present: ego, unconscious, shadow self, the second half of life. His aim for the nondual, yes/and tradition, puts the reader on a thrilling chase into the world of action and contemplation, on the path of mystical pioneers. Besides great biblical figures, Mary, Jesus, and Magdalene, his mystical mentors make frequent appearances: Francis, Clare, Bonaventure, Scotus, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, and Thomas Merton. His strongest words are against secret systems of disguised violence that legitimize "group egocentricity" and tyrannical "social systems" (216 ff). His most striking sections, 5 and 6, lead the reader on a mystical journey of conversion through shame, fear, guilt, the wounds of Christ by way of descent, and self-emptying into forgiveness and the heart of God. St. Paul knows the way" "It is when I am weak that I am strong" (2 Cor 12:10) (325)...."Perfectionism," mistakenly attributed to Mt 5:48, is well countered by the principle that "the perfect isn

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, where he presently serves as founding director. Rohr is the author of more than twenty books, an internationally known speaker, and a regular contributing writer for "Sojouners" and "Tikkun" magazines, as well as the CAC's quarterly journal, "Oneing," and its daily online posts.

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  • : 9781616366445
  • : St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
  • : St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
  • : July 2013
  • : 235mm X 161mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : books

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  • : 242.2
  • : Hardback
  • : R. Rohr
  • : 416