Four of Richard Rohr's classic talks on the life of the Church
Talk OneCatholicism: More Than a Head Trip (74 minutes) Richard Rohr fears that many Catholics are not getting a healthy, integrated and holistic teaching but simply a head trip. Many are missing the richness of our tradition. He addresses the current struggles of a Catholicism that Robert Barron says, "is in some ways bland, abstract and culturally accommodating."
Talk TwoAuthentic Religion: Membership or Transformation? (60 minutes) Sometimes our search for God is confused with belonging to a select group and following the rules. Richard Rohr warns us that belonging to a community and "doing it right" is not always enough to open the door to God. Jesus talked about it as a narrow road. An attitude of unbounded gratefulness toward all of life reflects whether transformation is real and religion authentic.*
Talk ThreeFaith: Recovering the Language of Belief (70 minutes) Faith is not easily achieved or understood, says Richard Rohr. In our push-button world, people struggle with the concept of mystery. Many are walking out of a Church they have never known. To some, it appears we have also lost the language of faith. Rohr encourages us to hold the hands of our ancestors and of the next generation believing Christ is risen in all things.
Talk FourGravity and Grace: Insights Into Christian Ministry (63 minutes) Christian life is the best preparation for Christian ministry, says Rohr. All we can give is who we are. Ministers are the gloves that God wears to touch us. He invites us to touch others on the edge of our society, according to our unique life and gifts.
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxypractices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adams Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
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