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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).


Meditation 16 of 52

And Mary remembered all these things in her heart.   — Luke 2:19, 51

Memory is the basis for both pain and rejoicing. We cannot have one without the other, it seems. Do not be too quick to heal all of those bad memories unless it means also feeling them deeply, which means to first learn what they have to teach you. God calls us to suffer (read “allow”) the whole of reality, to remember the good along with the bad. Perhaps that is the course of the journey toward new sight and new hope. Memory creates a readiness for salvation, an emptiness to receive love and a fullness to enjoy it.

Strangely enough, it seems so much easier to remember the hurts, the failures, and the rejections. It is much more common to gather our life energy around a hurt than a joy, for some sad reason. Try to remember and give thanks for the good things even more than the bad, but learn from both of them. And most of all, as the prophet Baruch said, “Rejoice that you yourself are remembered by God” (5:5), which is the Big Memory that can hold and receive, heal and forgive, all of the smaller ones.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 26, Day 25
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