Saturday, January 11, 2014

The new Richard Rohr daily emails ...

The Richard Rohr daily email meditations have just got a whole lot better in my opinion. Not just words but a whole rhythm, it culminates with a Saturday résumé which is really helpful. Here's today's.

RememberYes, And
As Franciscans, we were told that our job was to somehow make the Word of God accessible to the ordinary person, so that it would bring them to life.(Sunday)
If Jesus can listen and ask questions . . . who are we to think we are better than him? (Monday)
The systematic asking of questions opened up wonder and encouragedspiritual curiosity. . . . (Tuesday)
Non-dual people use knowledge for the transformation of persons and structures, but most especially to change themselves and to see reality with a new eye and heart. (Wednesday)
Sacred texts always maximize your possibilities for life and love, which is why we call them sacred. (Thursday)
My methodology is very simple; I will try to interpret Scripture the way Jesus did. (Friday)
 

RestLectio Divina

Read the following passage slowly and aloud four times. With the first reading, listen with your heart’s ear for a phrase or word that stands out for you. During the second reading, reflect on what touches you, perhaps speaking that response aloud or writing in a journal. Third, respond with a prayer or expression of what you have experienced and what it calls you to. Fourth, rest in silence after the reading.
The Shining Word “And”
“And” teaches us to say yes
“And” allows us to be both-and
“And” teaches us to be patient and long-suffering
“And” is willing to wait for insight and integration
“And” does not divide the field of the moment
“And” helps us to live in the always imperfect now
“And” keeps us inclusive and compassionate toward everything
“And” demands that our contemplation become action
“And” insists that our action is also contemplative
“And” is the mystery of paradox in all things
“And” is the way of mercy
“And” makes daily, practical love possible

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