Thursday, February 20, 2014

A closer look at prayer...

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.

"Life-giving God, help me find you in everything I say and do this day. Help my outreach to others embody your strength, your hope, your love. May I in some small way be your hands, your heart, your voice. May I always walk in your ways and show your face to all I meet. Amen!"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Transformation or simply transmitting information...

Richard Rohr on holistic and heartfelt spirituality...

"That’s the way that religion is supposed to know, and it’s a kind of knowing that really changes people. It rearranges one’s worldview at a level that actually cannot be contradicted by mere words or passing ideas. Instead of undergoing this wonderful transformation, most Western religion has been simply transmitting information, and then we argue about it. What a waste of time. There is nothing that is not spiritual for those who have learned how to see."

I think this connected with me, in that the more I have been able to read and study, the more accessible peoples opinions are through social media, the more I have tired of peddling opinion that positions itself, mine included! As I learned last year at the international college for officers 'solo Dios basta' God is sufficient!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Levels of Spiritual Development (Part Two)

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 Eight: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). (Thursday)

Stage Nine: I am who I am. (Friday)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Levels of Spiritual Development (Part One)

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)