Reading contemplative writing

Some people just seem to have a gift – they can write prayerfully and contemplatively, one of those authors is Richard Rohr. Recently, the group in the parish called “Spiritual but not Religious” have been reading a book called ‘Falling Upwards’ by Richard Rohr. I have been hearing how transformative this has been. I receive an email each morning with a short extract from one of Richard Rohr’s books. This morning’s email is here. You can sign up to receiving them if you want to – the link is at the bottom of the page. Here is a little taster – the beginning of this morning’s contemplation:

First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God. —Julian of Norwich [1]

Whenever we’re led out of normalcy into sacred, open space, it’s going to feel like suffering, because it is letting go of what we’re used to. This is always painful at some level. But part of us has to die if we are ever to grow larger (John 12:24). If we’re not willing to let go and die to our small, false self, we won’t enter into any new or sacred space.

The role of the prophet is to lead us into sacred space by deconstructing the old space; the role of the priest is to teach us how to live fruitfully in sacred space. The prophet disconnects us from the false, and the priest reconnects us to the real at ever larger levels. If “priests” have been largely unsuccessful, it is because there are so few prophets. And to be honest, most ministers confuse the maintaining of order with re-order! This is a huge issue. Such “priests” might talk of new realms but never lead us out of the old realm where we are still largely trapped and addicted; they have little personal knowledge of the further journey. Thus our Western spirituality is so lopsided.

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