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The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation by Richard Rohr
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“Knowing without loving is frankly dangerous for the soul and for society. You'll critique most everything you encounter and even have the hubris to call this mode of reflexive cynicism "thinking" (whereas it's really your ego's narcissistic reaction to the moment). You'll position things to quickly as inferior or superior, "with me" or "against me," and most of the time you'll be wrong.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“God for us, God alongside us, God within us.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Our starting place was always original goodness,10 not original sin. This makes our ending place—and everything in between—possessing an inherent capacity for goodness, truth, and beauty.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“The energy in the universe is not in the planets, or in the protons or neutrons, but in the relationship between them.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Remember, mystery isn’t something that you cannot understand—it is something that you can endlessly understand! There is no point at which you can say, “I’ve got it.” Always and forever, mystery gets you!”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“The Christian God’s power comes through his powerlessness and humility. Our God is much more properly called all-vulnerable than almighty, which we should have understood by the constant metaphor of “Lamb of God” found throughout the New Testament. But unfortunately, for the vast majority, he is still “the man upstairs,” a substantive noun more than an active verb. In my opinion, this failure is at the basis of the vast expansion of atheism, agnosticism, and practical atheism we see in the West today. “If God is almighty, then I do not like the way this almighty God is running the world,” most modern people seem to be saying. They do not know that the Trinitarian revolution never took root! We still have a largely pagan image of God.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation
“Love is not something you do; love is someone you are. It is your True Self.8 Love is where you came from and love is where you’re going. It’s not something you can buy. It’s not something you can attain. It is the presence of God within you, called the Holy Spirit—or what some theologians name uncreated grace.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“And we must—absolutely must—maintain a fundamental humility before the Great Mystery. If we do not, religion always worships itself and its formulations and never God.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Circling around” is all we can do. Our speaking of God is a search for similes, analogies, and metaphors. All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. That’s the best human language can achieve. We can say, “It’s like—it’s similar to…,” but we can never say, “It is…” because we are in the realm of beyond, of transcendence, of mystery. And we must—absolutely must—maintain a fundamental humility before the Great Mystery. If we do not, religion always worships itself and its formulations and never God.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“We always become what we behold; the presence that we practice matters.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“We’ve turned faith into a right to certitude when, in fact, this Trinitarian mystery is whispering quite the opposite: we have to live in exquisite, terrible humility before reality.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“God does not decide to love, therefore, and God’s love can never be determined by the worthiness or unworthiness of the object. But God is Love itself.4 God cannot not love, because love is the nature of God’s very being.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“To know the Lord and his ways,” as the Jewish prophets put it,250 has very little to do with intelligence and very much to do with a wonderful mixture of confidence and surrender. People who live in this way tend to be the calmest and happiest people I know. They draw their life from the inside out.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“You rest in God, not in outcomes.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Our starting place was always original goodness,10 not original sin. This”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“We are here to witness the creation and to abet it. We are here to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed. Together we notice not only each mountain shadow and each stone on the beach but, especially, we notice the beautiful faces and complex natures of each other.… Otherwise, creation would be playing to an empty house.”266”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation
“Everything you have ever seen with your eyes is the self-emptying of God into multitudinous physical and visible forms. In other words, Infinity is forever limiting itself into finite expressions, and this could even be called the “suffering” of God. The Christ learned this self-emptying, or kenosis , 183 from his eternal life in the Trinity. It is not just Jesus who suffers, but the cross is the visible symbol of what is always going on inside of God!”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation
“Don’t start with the One and try to make it into Three, but start with the Three and see that this is the deepest nature of the One. This starting point, along with the contemplative mind to understand it, was much more emphasized and developed in the Eastern church, which is frankly why it still sounds foreign to most of the Western churches.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Knowing without loving is frankly dangerous for the soul and for society. You’ll critique most everything you encounter and even have the hubris to call this mode of reflexive cynicism “thinking”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Human strength is defined in asserting boundaries. God, it seems, is in the business of dissolving boundaries. So we enter into paradox—what’s Three is one and what’s One is three. We just can’t resolve that, and so we confuse unity with uniformity.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“As I said, this Spirit has two jobs. First, she creates diversity, as exemplified in the metaphor of wind—just breathing out ever-new life in endlessly diverse forms. But then the Spirit has another job: that of the Great Connector—of all those very diverse things! All this pluriform life, the Spirit keeps in harmony and “mutual deference”267—“so there shall be one Christ, loving Himself,” as Augustine daringly put it.268”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“They’ve gotten so used to these gatherings not being meaningful that they no longer know how to allow them to touch their heart or change their mind. The Holy Spirit is again the Missing Person of the Blessed Trinity.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. That’s the best human language can achieve. We can say, “It’s like—it’s similar to…,” but we can never say, “It is…” because we are in the realm of beyond, of transcendence, of mystery.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. That’s the best human language can achieve. We can say, “It’s like—it’s similar to…,” but we can never say, “It is…” because we are in the realm of beyond, of transcendence, of mystery. And we must—absolutely must—maintain a fundamental humility before the Great Mystery. If we do not, religion always worships itself and its formulations and never God.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“When the self is surrendered—when we’re not too tied to our own agenda, anger, fear, or desire to make things happen our way—we are truly open to love. But be aware of the heart’s propensity to clench and close.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“...mystery isn't something that you cannot understand -- it is something that you can endlessly understand!”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“depiction of God in The Trinity seriously, we have to say, “In the beginning was the Relationship.” This icon yields more fruits the more you gaze on it. Every part of it was obviously meditated on with great care: the gaze between the Three; the deep respect between them as they all share from a common bowl. And note the hand of the Spirit pointing toward the open and fourth place at the table! Is the Holy Spirit inviting, offering, and clearing space? If so, for what?”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
“Trinity. It wasn’t until the third century that Tertullian (150–240), sometimes called “the founder of Western Christian theology,” first coined this word Trinity from the Latin trinitas, meaning “triad,” or trinus, meaning “threefold.” Again, the word itself is not found in the Bible; it took history awhile to find a proper word for this always-elusive “rubber band.”
Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation