Silence - Father Richard Rohr

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Silence - Father Richard Rohr

Post by Life_Journey_of_Matt » 07 Nov 2013, 13:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaMVKnpsDA8

This could probably go in the book and media section, but it's important enough to me that I wanted to put it here where I felt like more people might see it. If you have not been introduced to him, I hope he can be as impactful to some of you as he has been to me.

There are so many things I love about Father Rohr's perspective and honesty that I wouldn't know where to begin. If I must be perfectly honest, I wish we had a Richard Rohr in the Q12 or above.

A few things he touches on in this talk:
  • - American culture is a culture, not necessarily the ideal culture.

    - Admission that Descartes was correct in his observation of the western person...we really do think we are our thoughts.

    - The ego uses words to get what it wants or to argue and prove itself right.

    - 24:55 - Silence is a kind of wholeness of being. [My own connection here: Tolle says in the A New Earth "The New Testament's "Be ye perfect" is a mistranslation of the original Greek word, which means whole. This is to say, you don't need to become whole, but be who you already are..."]

    - Faith and silence are practicing for death.

    - Observation of the all-too-frequent duality in religion: My denomination has it and your denomination doesn't.

    - It's not about winning anymore, it's about being. [I know. Chalie Sheen would disagree.]

    - "Even charity can be prostituted." [Man, a resounding "Amen!" to this!]
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Re: Silence - Father Richard Rohr

Post by Curt Sunshine » 07 Nov 2013, 14:38

:thumbup:

Excellent - and I think we do have one at the top of our current leadership.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

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Re: Silence - Father Richard Rohr

Post by Life_Journey_of_Matt » 07 Nov 2013, 14:39

As an example of his voice of peace and reason, so many Christians want to just bash Eckhart Tolle, but I love Rohr's comments: http://www.eckharttolle.com/article/Spi ... -Tradition

Here is an example of the types of fearful Christian critiques that contrast Rohr, if you're interested: http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/BibleS ... earth.aspx
"So oft in theologic wars / The disputants, I ween, / Rail on in utter ignorance / Of what each other mean / And prate about an Elephant / Not one of them has seen." -- from "The Blind Men and the Elephant" by John Godfrey Saxe

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Re: Silence - Father Richard Rohr

Post by Life_Journey_of_Matt » 07 Nov 2013, 14:41

Ray Degraw wrote:Excellent - and I think we do have one at the top of our current leadership.
I definitely agree that Elder Uchtdorf walks a similar path, though I guess I would say sometimes it seems his hands are tied.
"So oft in theologic wars / The disputants, I ween, / Rail on in utter ignorance / Of what each other mean / And prate about an Elephant / Not one of them has seen." -- from "The Blind Men and the Elephant" by John Godfrey Saxe

"The faith that stands on authority is not faith. The reliance on authority measures the decline of religion, the withdrawal of the soul." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My ongoing story: http://precariousironrod.com/

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