Transformed People Transform People
Last year our small group read 'Falling Upward' by Richard Rohr, a Catholic Priest who ministers in Albuquerque, NM. While I do not always agree with him. I often find his words to be inspirational. This first quote seemed appropriate for this time of year. Please let me know if any of these ring true for you.
As you look back on a year almost ended, recall the ways in which God has been inviting you to return, again and again, to Love which is the same as returning to God.
Religious belief has made me comfortable with ambiguity.
You come to God not by being strong, but by being weak; not by being right, but through your mistakes.
Jesus is the very concrete truth revealing and standing in for the universal truth.
It is so important to balance orthodoxy with orthopraxy.
Transformed people transform people.
All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.
Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God.
The path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines.
Maturity is the ability to joyfully live in an imperfect world.
We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.
Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this.
It is at the bottom where we find grace; for like water, grace seeks the lowest place and there it pools up.