Saturday, March 28, 2020

Timely Insights from Richard Rohr

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#1 ~ Pi Day
March 14, 2020

. . . mature societies were meant to be led by elders, seniors, saints, and ‘the initiated.’ They alone are in a position to be true leaders in a society, or certainly in any spiritual organization. Without them 'the blind lead the blind,' . . . Those who are not true leaders or elders will just affirm people at their own immature level, and of course immature people will love them and elect them for being equally immature. You can fill in the names here with your own political disaster story. But just remember, there is a symbiosis between immature groups and immature leaders, I am afraid, which is why both Plato and Jefferson said democracy was not really the best form of government." (9)

#2 ~ Re - Ligio, Re - Connect
March 28, 2020

"Creation itself, the natural world, already believes the Gospel, and lives the pattern of death and resurrection, even if unknowingly. /the natural world believes in necessary suffering as the very cycle of life: just observe the daily dying of the sun so all things on this planet can live, the total change of the seasons, the plants and trees along with it, the violent world of animal predators and prey....Only the human species absents itself from the agreed - on pattern and the general dance of life and death." (77)


Both passages written in 2011,
yet particularly pertinent to the present:

from Falling Upward:
A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

by Richard Rohr, OFM
Author, Spiritual Writer, Franciscan Friar

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