Celebrating the great variety in being human...
Every now and then I read one of those books that I worry I might forget bits that made an impression upon me. These books represent more than mere opinion, clever talk they represents something that speaks deep within. Robert Wick's 'Touching the holy : ordinariness, self-esteem, and friendship' is one such book. I want to capture some of its comfort and challenge so will park some quotes and thoughts here over the next couple of weeks...
We have just started a new series @suttonsachurch looking at prayer. Read this on the Jesuit Prayer app this morning and thought it worth keeping and sharing.
Labels: A closer look at Prayer
Richard Rohr concludes his insights to faith development. Here's his edited highlights...
Stage Four: My deeper intuitions and felt knowledge in my body are who I am. (Sunday)
Stage Five: My shadow self is who I am. (Monday)
Stage Six: I am empty and powerless. (Tuesday)
Stage Seven: I am much more than who I thought I was. (Wednesday)
Stage Nine: I am who I am. (Friday)
Rohr is looking at faith development, here are his highlights for this week.
So many of our problems can be resolved if we understand that people are at different levels. (Sunday)
Growth is going somewhere, and the trajectory is toward union: union with God, with the self (of mind, heart, and body), with others, and with the cosmos. (Monday)
Stage One: My body and my self-image are who I am. (Tuesday)
Stage Two: My external behavior is who I am. (Wednesday)
Stage Three: My thoughts and feelings are who I am. (Thursday)
Without great love (and I mean great love) and great suffering, where there is a major defeat, major humiliation, major shock to the ego self, very few people move to Stage Four. (Friday)
Labels: Spiritual Formation
Can't help but think that this week has been an interesting one of reflection, partly because of BBC 4’s programme 'God's Cadets', partly personally because of Richard Rohr's use of 'sic et non' or 'yes... and' and in particular the challenge that comes with his insight that “and” is willing to wait for insight and integration. It stops you short when thinking about promoting your own opinion over that of others.