In-Depth Spirituality – 8 quotes from Richard Rohr’s book – Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi

by Mark Votava

41YwunJqU-L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_1. Do not become negative or narcissistic

“The common sign that the contemplative mind has been accessed is when you see people who are highly capable of long periods of silence and solitude – and do not become negative or narcissistic in the process – but actually increase in joy and love. This is not possible if you have a dualistic mind or still operate from the egoic level…”

2. If your only goal is love

“If your only goal is to love, there is no such thing as failure…”

3. Love is not love until you stop expecting something back

“Love is not love until you stop expecting something back. The moment you want something in return for your giving, all love is weakened and prostituted…”

4. The more mature levels of mystical union

“When you get to the more mature levels of mystical union everything becomes a metaphor for the divine, and you grab for metaphors to concretize the mystery that is now in everything and everywhere…”

5. Some level of equality

“Love in its mature and full form always creates some level of equality between giver and receiver…”

6. Not be destroyed by cynicism

“In Francis, as in Jesus, the turnaround of consciousness was complete: the enemy of the small self became the friend of the soul, and he who lost his small life could find his Great Life. Only such a new person can take on the social illnesses of our time, or any time, and not be destroyed by cynicism…”

7. The definition of any in-depth spirituality

“Suffering seems to overcome the semipermeable membrane between ourselves, others, and God – and sometimes rather completely. It can overcome all of the major splits from reality that we all enter into: the split from our shadow self, the split of mind from our body, the split of death from life, and the split into separateness from God and others. Overcoming these foundational splits is what I mean by necessary suffering, and is almost the definition of any in-depth spirituality.”

8. We must all be eager to love every day

“The central practice of Franciscan mysticism, therefore, is that we must remain in love, which is why it is a commandment as such (John 15:9), in fact, the commandment of Jesus. Only when we are eager to love can we see love and goodness in the world around us. We must ourselves remain in peace, and then we will see and find peace over there. Remain in beauty, and we will honor beauty everywhere. This concept of remaining or abiding (John 15:4-5) moves all religion out of any esoteric realms of doctrinal outer space where it has for too long been lost. There is no secret moral command for knowing or pleasing God, or what some call ‘salvation,’ beyond becoming a loving person in mind, heart, body, and soul yourself. Then you will see what you need to see. This teaching is so central…: we all must be very eager to love every day.”

Which quote do you like the best?

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