Icy Comet NEAT

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Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations

Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings

Fourth Theme: Everything belongs and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded. Evil and illusion only need to be named and exposed truthfully, and they die in exposure to the light (Ecumenism).

Christ, Consciousness, and Love
Are Perhaps the Same Thing

Meditation 19 of 52

You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.   
1 Corinthians 3:22-23

We are all the Body of Christ, and even more so in our togetherness (1 Corinthians 12:12ff). Now that is quite Scriptural, in many sacred texts, but perhaps it just seems too good to be true for most Christians: “There is only Christ, he is everything and he is in everything” (Colossians 3:11). The ego resists such inclusivity, because the ego is that part of you which wants to be special, separate, and superior instead. The ego (“flesh” for Paul) resists any change, vulnerability, and union with anything else.

The Risen Christ is our icon of God’s universal presence, now unlimited by space or time. This is why the Resurrection stories always show Jesus’ body to be both here and there, passing through doors, visible and not visible, white light itself, everywhere and nowhere, as it were. He cannot be one object because he is in all objects (“panentheism”).

Even to Mary Magdalene he says, “Do not cling to me” (John 20:17). Why? Because you can’t! He is no longer bound by this one body. Christ is consciousness itself pervading all things—waiting and hoping for its inner yes!

Adapted from The Cosmic Christ (CD, MP3)

 

Franciscan Mysticism:
I AM That Which I Am Seeking

Franciscan Mysticism -- I AM That Which I Am Seeking (CD cover)

     . . . Saint Francis
put his hand on the
     creased forehead
of the sow, and told her in words
     and in touch
blessings of earth on the sow,
     and the sow
began remembering . . .
the long perfect loveliness of sow.

— Galway Kinnell (from “Saint Francis and the Sow”)

Richard Rohr shows us a whole and sacred world through Franciscan eyes. This in-depth exploration of Franciscan Mysticism addresses honestly and tenderly the reality of all creation, inviting us to find balance, strength and union.

Remember your loveliness and your place in the Beloved’s universe.

5 hour teaching available as CD set and MP3 download.
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