A Spirituality of the Beatitudes – 9 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. Taught to mistrust our own souls

“We were taught to mistrust our own souls – and thus the Holy Spirit!”

2. Not owning property

“Not owning property can free you from the power and importance that often come with any notion of mine or thine…”

3. The humble and honest

“In a world where imperfection seems to be everywhere, the humble and honest have a huge head start in spiritual matters, and can first and always find God in their simple lives…”

4. A spirituality of the Beatitudes

“Franciscan spirituality almost entirely proceeds from a spirituality of the Beatitudes. With the Beatitudes, there is no social or ego payoff for the false self, whereas obedience to the Ten commandments does give us the necessary impulse control and containment we need to get started, which is a foundational need in the first half of life. Both ‘halves of life’ are good and necessary, but the Ten commandments are more orientated toward the tasks of the first half of life… The Beatitudes, however, reveal a world of grace and abundance, or what Spiral Dynamics or Integral Theory would call the third tier of consciousness or non-dual thinking and what I would call second-half-of-life spirituality. Healthy religion is ‘made to order’ to send you through your entire life journey and not just offer you containment.”  

5. A positive appreciation for what is

“In terms of spirituality, as in good art, less is usually more. Or, to put it another way, small is beautiful. Only by continually choosing a philosophy of ‘less’ that is willing to wait for God’s ‘more,’ will we grow and transform, since we have then learned to be taught by smallness and ordinariness. We will practically experience this as a growth in willingness and a surrender of willfulness. This is another aspect of incorporating the negative, which then ends up not being negative at all but just a positive appreciation for what is.”

6. Becoming who you already are

“Salvation is not a divine transaction that takes place because you are morally perfect, but much more it is an organic unfolding, a becoming who you already are, an inborn sympathy with and capacity for, the very One who created you. Each is both a part that is like the Whole and also contributes to the Whole…”

7. God is nonviolent love

“God is free and so we do not need to be afraid of true freedom; God is nonviolent love, and this is the only hope for a world in which even Christians think violence is a way to ‘redeem’ the world. Wrong ideas about God create wrong ideas about everything else too.”

8. Transformed people

“Transformed people quite simply transform people, and set the bar of history higher for all of us…”

9. Highly evolved people

“So God gives us highly evolved people to pull us forward. The Christian word for that was simply ‘saint.’ We cannot imagine something until we see it as a living model of archetypal figure. Then it constellates in our consciousness as maybe possible for us too…”

Which quote do you like the best?

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