So Totally Dualistic – 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. We do not need to be afraid of true freedom

“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.”

2. Union with the divine

“…for more and more people, union with the divine is first experienced through the Christ: in nature, in moments of pure love, silence, inner or outer music, with animals, a sense of awe, or some kind of ‘Brother Sun and Sister Moon’ experience…”

3. The demand for some supposed perfection

“The greatest enemy of ordinary daily goodness and joy is not imperfection, but the demand for some supposed perfection. Please meditate on that. There seems to be a dark side to almost everything, but only the intuitive or non-dual mind can accept this and not panic, but, in fact, grow because of it.”

4. Window dressings

“When you have not had any internal experience of God and grace, you almost always overcompensate with external window dressing. The ‘window dressings’ are not wrong in themselves, but do tend to make nonessentials into the essentials that we obsess about and divide over. When you have done this for half of your life, it is very hard to let go of it…”

5. A sidewalk spirituality

“Franciscan spirituality is ‘a sidewalk spirituality’ for the streets of the world and the paths of the forest…”

6. Compassion and Patience

“The most obvious change that results from such a holding and allowing is that we will naturally become much more compassionate and much more patient. Compassion and patience are the absolutely unique characteristics of true spiritual authority… A spiritual leader who lacks basic human compassion has almost no power to change other people, because people intuitively know he or she does not represent the Divine or Big Truth. Such leaders have to rely upon role, laws, and enforcement powers to effect any change in others. Such change does not go deep, nor does it last. In fact, it is not really change at all.”

7. Our blindness and lack of reverence

“There are not sacred and profane things, places, and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places, and moments – and it is we alone who desecrate them by our blindness and lack of reverence. It is one sacred universe, and we are all part of it. You really cannot get any better or more simple than that, in terms of a spiritual vision.”

8. So totally dualistic

“In some ways, the Western Church did not become so totally dualistic in its thinking until after the Reformation and the rational Enlightenment. After the printing press, words became more important than actual experience.”

Have you become totally dualistic?

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