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Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr
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“The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Try to say that: “I don't know anything”. We used to call it “tabula rasa” in Latin. Maybe you could think of yourself as an erased blackboard, ready to be written on. For by and large, what blocks spiritual teaching is the assumption that we already know, or that we don't need to know. We have to pray for the grace of beginner's mind. We need to say with the blind man, “I want to see”.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“In terms of soul work, we dare not get rid of the pain before we have learned what it has to teach us.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“The great and merciful surprise is that we come to God not by doing it right but by doing it wrong!”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Our first experience of life is primarily felt in the *body.* ... We know ourselves in the security of those who hold us and gaze upon us. It's not heard or seen or thought it's felt. That's the original knowing.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Only when we rest in God can we find the safety, the spaciousness, and the scary freedom to be who we are, all that we are, more than we are, and less than we are.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“If your prayer is not enticing you outside your comfort zones, if your Christ is not an occasional “threat,” you probably need to do some growing up and learning to love.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“I believe contemplation shows us that nothing inside us is as bad as our hatred and denial of the bad. Hating and denying it only complicates our problems. All of life is grist for the mill. Paula D’Arcy puts it, “God comes to us disguised as our life.” Everything belongs; God uses everything. There are no dead-ends. There is no wasted energy. Everything”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Let”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“The world, the system, moves forward out of fear. That’s why it has to threaten us to make us play the game. We’re threatened with loss of job, money, reputation, or prestige. One study showed that more than 90 percent of corporate crimes brought no financial reward to the persons committing them. They committed the crimes out of fear of losing their jobs. Another reason we play the game is the high reward we receive for staying in it. Why else would we play it? Rewards and punishments become almost the only game in town.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“God can most easily be lost by being thought found.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“How do you sell emptiness, vulnerability, and nonsuccess?”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“It’s heaven all the way to heaven. And it’s hell all the way to hell. Not later, but now.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Religious energy is in the dark questions, seldom in the answers.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“reality itself, our reality, my limited and sometimes misinterpreted experience, still becomes the revelatory place for God.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Liminal space is always an experience of displacement in the hope of a new point of view. No wonder Jesus called it “turning around.” Unfortunately, the Greek word meta-noia, which literally means to move “beyond the mind,” is usually translated “repentance” and no longer points to its much deeper meaning.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“mental self-images instead of living in the primal “I” that is already good in God’s eyes. But all I can “pay back” to God or others or myself is who I really am. That’s a place of utter simplicity. Perhaps we don’t want to go back to it precisely because it’s so simple. It feels unadorned. There’s no dressing, nothing to congratulate myself for. I can’t prove any worth, much less superiority. There I am naked and poor. After years of false adornment, it will at first feel like nothing.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“We do not really know what it means to be human unless we know God. And, in turn, we do not really know God except through our own broken and rejoicing humanity.”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“But when we have too much “I,” with too much “I have a right to,” then we necessarily move to a life of hatred, because all our rights cannot be maintained, as Americans think. When there’s too much “I need,” we are necessarily led to greed. We become a consumer culture. When there’s too much “I” in comparison to others, we’ll necessarily become envious. If there’s too much “I am better than,” it will lead to a culture of”
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“pride. If there’s too much “I know,” it will lead to illusion and ignorance. Isn’t that ironic? Jesus says, “The person who says ‘I know,’ is precisely the blind one” (John 9:41).”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov”
Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer