Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
Black and white butterfly sitting on a pink flower.
Transformation:
Week 2 
Summary
Sunday, July 3-Friday, July 8, 2016
I believe the message of the crucified Jesus is a statement about what to do with your pain. It's primarily a message of transformation, and not a transaction to "open the gates of heaven" unless you are talking about being drawn into heaven right now. ( Sunday)
 
The crucified and resurrected Jesus shows us how to transform pain without denying, blaming, or projecting it elsewhere. In fact, there is no "elsewhere." Jesus is the victim in an entirely new way because he receives our hatred and does not return it, nor does he play the victim for his own empowerment. ( Monday)
 
God uses the very thing that would normally destroy you--the tragic, the sorrowful, the painful, the unjust--to transform and enlighten you. ( Tuesday)
 
The Christ Mystery, and even more precisely the crucified Christ, is thus the template for all creation, revealing the necessary cycle of loss and renewal that keeps all things transforming and moving toward ever further life. ( Wednesday)
 
In sacred space, the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don't encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. ( Thursday)
 
The pattern of temporary falling apart precedes every transition to a new level of faith, hope, and love. ( Friday)
Practice
Meditating on the Cross
CAC's logo, an oval framing two intersecting arrows forming the cross of Christ, shows a collision of opposites. One arrow leads downward, preferring the truth of the humble. The other moves leftward against the grain. All is wrapped safely inside a hidden harmony: one world, God's cosmos, a benevolent universe. The Celtic cross also places the vertical and horizontal bars within a circle, embracing the suffering of Christ within our own human context and God's eternal love.
 
Spend some time meditating on an image of the cross. Allow your body, mind, and heart to be completely present to the suffering of Jesus. Welcome your own memories or sensations of pain, sorrow, grief. Hold them gently within the circle of God's presence--God's solidarity with human suffering. See if you can hold the suffering with God and, at the same time, rest in faith that from every death comes new life; in every wound there is the opportunity for healing and hope.
Gateway to Silence
Death to life, sadness to joy
For Further Study:
"Jesus absorbs the mystery of human sin and transforms it rather than passes it on. He does not use his suffering and death as power over others to punish them, but as power for others to transform them. He is the forgiving victim."  --Richard Rohr
 
Jesus: Forgiving Victim
a live webcast with Richard Rohr and James Alison
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
4:30-6:00 p.m. US Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
 
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2016 Daily Meditation Theme
Richard Rohr's meditations this year invite us to discover, experience, and participate in the foundation of our existence--Love. Throughout the year, Fr. Richard's meditations follow the thread of Love through many of his classic teachings in 1-2 week segments. Learn more and watch a video introduction at cac.org/2016-daily-meditations-overview/.

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