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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 5/13/2012 -- THE MATERNAL FACE OF GOD  (Read 3827 times)
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« on: May 13, 2012, 07:45:58 AM »


Richard's Daily Meditations

THE MATERNAL FACE OF GOD
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Feast of St. Mark

   
Most people (though not all) have experienced unconditional love not
through the image of a man, but through the image of their mother. She
therefore became the basis for many people's eventual God image,
presuming it was a good God image. (I am convinced that many people sour
on religion because the God they are presented with is actually less
loving than their mother and/or father!)

For much of the human race, the mother is the one who parts the veil for
us. She gives us that experience of grounding, of intimacy, of
tenderness, of safety that most of us hope for from God. However, many
people also operate from a toxic and negative image of God. For those
people, little that is wonderful is going to happen as long as that is
true. Early growth in spirituality is often about healing that inner
image, whether male-based or female-based.

Most of us know that God is beyond gender. When we look at the Book of
Genesis, we see that the first thing God is looking for is quite simply
“images” by which to communicate who-God-is (Genesis 1:26-27 [1]).
God is not looking for servants, for slaves, or for people who are going
to pass loyalty tests. God is just looking for images—“images and
likenesses” of the Inner Mystery. Whoever God “is,” is profoundly
and essentially what it means to be male and female in perfect balance.
We have to find and to trust the feminine face of God and the masculine
face of God. Both are true and both are necessary for a full
relationship with God. Up to now, we have strongly relied upon the
presented masculine images while, in fact, our inner life was more drawn
to our mother's energy. That is much of our religious problem today.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1:26-27&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


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Oh God, show me your Your face.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2012, 11:19:02 AM »

I think from reading this, I realize why Richard says stuff like "Mother-Father God."  It's to help people identify with whichever one in their family comes closest to unconditionally loving.

I still think it's awkward, but at least it's a valid reason.  Seems to me that Richard is just doing something he thinks needs to be done in order to reach "real" people.  People who hurt.  People who didn't have a perfect set of parents who played their male/female roles perfectly.  People whom Jesus loves.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 07:38:54 AM »

May 14, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

THE MATERNAL FACE OF GOD


Historically speaking, in our culture the role of men has been to
create, to make new things, to fix broken things, and to defend us from
things which could hurt us. All of these are wonderful and necessary
roles for the preservation of the human race.

However, most children saw their mother in a different way. She was not
a creator, a fixer, or a defender, but rather a transformer. Once a
woman has carried her baby inside of her body for nine months and
brought it forth, through the pain of childbirth, into the world, she
knows the mystery of transformation at a cellular level. She knows it
intuitively, yet she cannot verbalize it. She just holds it at a deeper
level of consciousness. She knows something about mystery, about
miracles, and about transformation that men will never know (which is
why males had to be initiated!). Women who are not mothers often learn
it by simply being in the “community of women.”

The feminine body can be seen as a cauldron of transformation. Her body
turns things into other things—her body turns a love act into a
perfect little child. Yet, in her heart, she knows SHE did not do it.
All she had to do was to wait and eat well, to believe and to hope for
nine months. This gives a woman a very special access to understanding
spirituality as transformation—if she is able to listen.

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Oh God, show me your Your face.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012, 04:27:32 AM »

May 15, 2012


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All this “women-stuff” is not only important; it is half of
conversion, half of salvation, half of wholeness, half of God’s work
of art. I believe this mystery is imaged in the woman of the twelfth
chapter of the Apocalypse: “pregnant, and in labor, crying aloud in
the pangs of childbirth . . . and finally escaping into the desert until
her time” (Revelation 12:1-6 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12:1-6&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Could this be the time? It is always the time! The world is tired of
Pentagons and pyramids, empires and corporations that only abort God’s
child. This women-stuff is very important, and it has always been
important, more than this white male priest ever imagined or desired! My
God was too small and too male.

Much that the feminists have said is very prophetic and necessary for
the Church and the world. It is time for the woman to come out of her
desert refuge and for the men to welcome her. As we see in the Roman
Church today, this is still quite difficult, if you have been an
“alpha male” all of your life. No surprise that Jesus came “meek
and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29 [2]) to undo the male addiction to
power.

[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11:29&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 03:13:58 AM »

May 16, 2012


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THE MATERNAL FACE OF GOD


In one generation after 1531, under the mother symbol of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, almost all of the native peoples of Mexico accepted
Christianity. A new level of Christianity unfolded in the New World,
exactly as it was fighting and dividing in the Old World. I believe that
Christ takes on the face and features of each people God loves. In this
case God knew that the face and features had to be feminine and
compassionate, after centuries of a tyrannical Sun god and
Catholic-Spanish machismo. The Lady of Guadalupe is the eternal
feminine, the heart, hope, and strength of all new life revealed in a
marvelous brown and pregnant image—to people who could not read.

The Mother believes in this little one, Juan Diego, who cannot believe
in himself. She challenges him, yet she makes him special and beloved in
a love that he can understand. She empowers him to face again and again
the distant father (bishop), finally revealing the inner and
transcendent woman on his own chest—and the disbelieving father
(bishop) finally kneels at the boy’s feet. No logic is offered, no
theological subtleties—just December roses given and received. God
knew all along what feminist theologians are only recently saying—that
sometimes God’s face must be feminine. Maybe it is only “the Eternal
Feminine” who will be able to heal the wars, the oppression, the
mistrust and the status symbols that divide the children of God. (We
have only started seeing women at international peace talks in very
recent years. Could that be why they seldom succeeded in the past?)

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Oh God, show me your Your face.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2012, 02:15:29 AM »

May 17, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

THE MATERNAL FACE OF GOD


The twentieth century will be known for the emergence of the feminine
mind into the mainstream. Before this time the feminine mind had never
been in the mainstream of most cultures and religions, but was
invariably demeaned or dismissed as inferior. However, in many of the
erotic writings of the saints and mystics, and in Jesus’ life, where
he lived in a male body but with a beautifully feminine soul, we do find
some fine ways to appreciate and love the feminine face of God.

Lady Julian of Norwich, my favorite mystic, calls Jesus “our
Mother.” She says, “Jesus is our true mother in Whom we are
endlessly carried and out of Whom we will never come.” For many
Christians Mary became the archetypal image of the maternal face of God.
It was the only way they could break through, especially if they never
had a good man in their life. Many Catholics, especially in macho
cultures, actually loved Mary much more than Jesus, or God “the
Father,” or the neutered Holy Spirit. It was bad theology, but
predictable and brilliant psychology.


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Oh God, show me your Your face.
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Sara Ruddick, in her book Maternal Thinking: Toward a Politics of Peace,
speaks of the attentive love of a mother. In summary, Ruddick says
mothers are characterized by attentive love. They have to keep watching
this new life; they have to keep listening and adjusting to the needs of
the child. It is necessary to recognize a new agenda with the growth of
the child. If the mother cannot transform herself into attentive love,
she quite simply cannot be a mother. She has to learn early on that life
is about change, not about “standing your ground,” which is not
going to help a child. All growth is about changing and adjusting to
what is needed at this moment, with these tears, and by this child. The
mother cannot run to abstract truths. Philosophy and theology courses at
that point would probably be boring to her.

I cannot help but think that the present persecution of the Religious
Sisters by the Vatican reflects this difference. The Sisters, by and
large, went toward human need and pain with “attentive love.” The
clergy, I being one of them, can easily stay in abstract theories and
theologies and never get to love at all.


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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2012, 01:17:53 AM »

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Much of what we find in the eyes of Jesus must first have been in the
eyes of Mary. The mother’s vision is powerfully communicated to her
children. Mary had to be his first “spiritual director,” the one who
humanly gave a life vision to Jesus, who taught Jesus how to believe.
What was in Jesus’ eyes was somehow first in hers. And in both of
their eyes is what they both believe about God.

The Eternal Feminine holds us naked at each end of life: the Madonna
first brings us into life, and then the grief-stricken mother of the
Pietá hands us over to death. She expands our capacity to feel, to
enter the compassion and the pain of being human. She holds joy deeply,
where death cannot get to it. Jesus learns by watching her, and he
protects her Motherhood almost in his very last words (John 19:26 [1]) from
the cross.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19:26&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Not a word is spoken in either place, at his birth or at his death. Did
you ever think about that? Mary simply trusts and experiences deeply.
She is simply and fully present. Faith is not for overcoming obstacles;
it is for experiencing them—all the way through!

Prayer:
Oh God, show me your Your face.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2012, 09:28:39 AM »

Faith is not for overcoming obstacles;
it is for experiencing them—all the way through!


This reminds me a lot of the very profound comment Lana made a couple weeks ago about learning from the suffering rather than trying to avoid it.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2012, 02:02:45 PM »

yup, no sweeping underneath the carpet...it's still there to trip you up!
Why trip over this, go around that, come towards and run away from.

Face it knowing full well the lesson can be learned on the first try, if we try.
Why waste days and knights, weeks, months or years avoiding the inevitable.
My time is valuable, why would i send myself on wild goose chases?
"Heres the start line,
run, hide, and dodge for two months to pick up the eggs at market"
now for month 3-7 collect can goods...but only 3 per week, and week days only
For months8-10, please gather fruit off of trees only over 25 feet tall....

BTW how long does it take you to do a simple task like grocery shopping?
No one likes it, so we endure saying...can't be avoided, or we'd starve.

Why do this to your soul?

Everything you do not understand, ask god about...wonder, ponder and explore.
otherwise your doing it the hard way...and your not listening!!!

Lana
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 02:27:16 PM »

yup, no sweeping underneath the carpet...it's still there to trip you up!
Why trip over this, go around that, come towards and run away from.

Face it knowing full well the lesson can be learned on the first try, if we try.
Why waste days and knights, weeks, months or years avoiding the inevitable.
My time is valuable, why would i send myself on wild goose chases?
"Heres the start line,
run, hide, and dodge for two months to pick up the eggs at market"
now for month 3-7 collect can goods...but only 3 per week, and week days only
For months8-10, please gather fruit off of trees only over 25 feet tall....

BTW how long does it take you to do a simple task like grocery shopping?
No one likes it, so we endure saying...can't be avoided, or we'd starve.

Why do this to your soul?

Everything you do not understand, ask god about...wonder, ponder and explore.
otherwise your doing it the hard way...and your not listening!!!

Lana

Amen!
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