Monday, 21 December 2009

Richard Rohr : The Naked Now

I have been having a Blog free Advent and reading Richard Rohr's latest book "The Naked Now." Here's a few excerpts to whet your appetite !

Pg22 - In prayer, we merely keep returning the divine gaze and we become it’s reflection, almost in spite of ourselves. (2Cor 3:18)
The core task of all good spirituality is to teach us to co-operate with what God already wants to do and has already begun to do. (Rom 8:28)

Pg 29 - It is hardly an exaggeration to say that “us and them” seeing and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world.

Pg 74 - Western culture is a can do – busy doing things, rather than prayer – an interior practice allowing the Divine Gaze to invade and heal our unconsciousness, the place where 95% of our motivation and reactions come from.

Pg 78 - The Gospel never record Jesus having a single pre-requisite for his healings; no affiliation with the right group, no moral worthiness, no attendance at the right temple, no o purity codes, nothing except desire itself.

Pg 88 - Anyone who is willing to take up the burden of the much more difficult task, not the manageable complexity of rules and regulations, but the unmanageable simplicity of being present to your life in love – that person is walking the path of Jesus

Pg 97 - Surely God does not exist so that we can think correctly about him or her. Amazingly and wonderfully, like all good parents, God desires instead the flourishing of what God created and what God loves – ourselves.

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