Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
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Twelve-Step Spirituality:
Week 1 
Summary
Sunday, May 29-Friday, June 3, 2016
In creating Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, with typical American pragmatism, designed a truly practical program that really worked to change lives. (Sunday)
 
Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable. (Monday)
 
Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Tuesday)
 
Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. (Wednesday)
 
Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Thursday)
 
Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (Friday)
Practice
Letting Go and Letting God
Contemplative practice is an exercise in humility. We come face to face with our inability to control our thoughts, emotions, and bodies. With practice over time, our grip on our attachments may loosen. But even after many years, for the first several minutes of silent prayer, I still find myself thinking the same old thoughts. Each time I encounter my own powerlessness and realize my dependence on my Higher Power.
 
While we experience our smallness and weakness in contemplative prayer, shame is never helpful. When we let go, we fall into God's merciful and loving presence, which paradoxically affirms our true power. Letting go is incredibly freeing and empowering!
 
Begin your time of meditation by setting an intention, expressing your desire to be open and present to God (perhaps this week's "Gateway to Silence"). When your mind wanders or sensations arise, don't judge yourself, but simply observe the thought and let it go. Every distraction is another opportunity to return to your intention and to let God be enough and all.
Gateway to Silence
Let go and let God.
For Further Study:
Richard Rohr, Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for "Happiness" (DVD, CD, MP3 download)
Richard Rohr, How Do We Breathe Under Water? The Gospel and 12-Step Spirituality (DVD, CD, MP3 download)
Jesus: Forgiving Victim
A webcast with James Alison and Richard Rohr
 
LIVE: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
4:30-6:00 p.m. US Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
 
Words such as "sacrifice" and "atonement" have twisted our understanding of Jesus' death on the cross, contributing to a culture of scapegoating. James Alison and Richard Rohr help us see Jesus' death and resurrection as an archetype for our own journey. Instead of violence and shame, we find freedom and healing.
 
Register for as little as $1 at cac.org .
 
Registration for the webcast includes access to the replay, which will be made available through Sunday, August 14, 2016, starting shortly after the live broadcast. Register no later than 4:00 p.m. US MDT on July 12, 2016, to participate in the live webcast and/or to view the replay. You must register online prior to the webcast to gain access to the replay. CAC is unable to accept phone registrations for webcasts.
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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