Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
St. Francis embracing the leper, by Lawrence Zink, reprinted from Francis: The Journey and the Dream, copyright © 1988, Murray Bodo, St. Anthony Messenger Press, p. 13. Used with permission.
St. Francis embracing the leper, by Lawrence Zink, reprinted from Francis: The Journey and the Dream,    
copyright © 1988, Murray Bodo, St. Anthony Messenger Press, p. 13. Used with permission.    
Healing Our Violence  
Sunday, October 18-Saturday, October 24, 2015
The root of violence is the illusion of separation--from God, from Being itself, from being one with everyone and everything. (Sunday)
Your absolute foundation is communion with God and others. This is the "deepest me" to which you must return before you act. (Monday)
"God embraces all human beings. The heart of faith is the call to love one another." --Dom Helder Camara (Tuesday)
If we do not recognize the roots of violence at the disguised structural level ("the world"), we are largely wasting our time simply focusing on merely individual sin ("the flesh"), and we have almost no chance of recognizing our real devils, who are always disguised as angels of light ("the devil"). (Wednesday)
It takes warrior energy to see through and stand against mass illusions of our time, and be willing to pay the price of civil disobedience. (Thursday)
For the first time, on a broad basis, future reformations can come from the inside out and from the bottom up, in a positive, nonviolent way. (Friday)
Loving Kindness
We all need to practice being kind, particularly to ourselves. It is only when we first reconnect with the infinite love that is our ground of being that we can extend that love to others through nonviolent actions. When we remember that we are love, we can truly wish even our enemies well. The Buddhist practice of metta, loving kindness, is a wonderful way to grow kindness for yourself and for others.
Begin by sitting in silence and finding the place of loving kindness within you. Then speak the following statements aloud:
May I be free from inner and outer harm and danger. May I be safe and protected.
May I be free of mental suffering or distress.
May I be happy.
May I be free of physical pain and suffering.
May I be healthy and strong.
May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease. [1]
Repeat these affirmations as many times as you wish. When you are ready, replace the "I" in each statement with someone else's name. You might follow the sequence from the maitri (another word for loving kindness) practice I introduced a few weeks ago, gradually widening the flow of love to include: a beloved, a friend, an acquaintance, someone who has hurt you, and finally the whole universe.
Gateway to Silence
Love your enemies. 
[1] The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, .
For Further Study:
A new issue of Oneing, a journal of the CAC, 
explores our inevitable wounding, the danger of denial, and the gift of regained innocence.
"Second naïveté, of course, is not naïveté at all! It just looks that way to those still on the early journey. Enlightened ones call such naïveté wisdom, holiness, and freedom." --Richard Rohr
Featuring Richard Rohr, Ruth Patterson, Diarmuid O'Murchu, Catherine Dowling, Enrique Lamadrid, and others.
2015 Daily Meditation Theme

Richard Rohr's meditations this year explore his "Wisdom Lineage," the teachers, texts, and traditions that have most influenced his spirituality. Read an introduction to the year's theme and view a list of the elements of Fr. Richard's lineage in CAC's January newsletter, the Mendicant.  

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