Western civilization is undergoing a crisis of meaning. Christian community needs to find new value, identity and purpose through hope, says Franciscan Father Richard Rohr. In lectures and homilies at a year-end retreat, he describes both crisis and cure. In the 13th century, he tells us, St. Francis was called by the Lord to "rebuild my Church." Anguished by the fragmentation in the Church today, Rohr invites us to rebuild the Church in the 21st century.
Rohr says we need to tap into our historical roots, both European and American, to recover from spiritual exhaustion. He explains limits, challenges any attitude of arrogance which insists it has all the answers and reminds us that paganism still rules in our time, with its focus on power, prestige and possessions.
True religion gives us the way through the darkness of life, not around it. "There has been too much talk of loving Jesus without suffering," he says. He offers remedies to grow beyond our false worldview and narrow individualism that have destroyed our values and traditions. Rohr proposes a Reconstruction Creed that focuses on God's movement in history.
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, Adam’s 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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