Author(s): R. Rohr
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:
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.