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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 8/19/2012 -- SILENCE  (Read 2320 times)
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« on: August 19, 2012, 07:26:44 AM »



Richard's Daily Meditations

SILENCE

   
The simplest spiritual discipline is some degree of solitude and
silence. But it's the hardest, because none of us want to be with
someone we don't love. Besides that, we invariably feel bored with
ourselves, and all our loneliness comes to the surface.

We won't have the courage to go into that terrifying place without Love
to protect us and lead us, without the light and love of God overriding
our own self-doubt. Such silence is the most spacious and empowering
technique in the world, yet it's not a technique at all. It's precisely
the refusal of all technique.


Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 04:31:18 AM »

August 20, 2012


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SILENCE
Monday, August 20, 2012
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
   
St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the founder of the Cistercians, set the gold
standard for mystical writing in his Commentary on the Song of Songs [1].
All he could resort to was the one erotic book in the Bible to
communicate what happens between God and the soul.

[1]: http://www.pathsoflove.com/bernard/songofsongs/contents.html

He said that we are the mutual food of one another, just as lovers are.
Jesus gives us himself as food in the Eucharist, and the willing soul
offers itself for God to “eat” in return: “If I eat and am not
eaten, it will seem that God is in me, but I am not yet in God”
(Commentary 71:5 [2]). I must both eat God and be eaten by God, Bernard
says. Now this is the language of mystical theology, and is upsetting to
the merely rational mind, but utterly delightful and consoling to anyone
who knows the experience.

[2]: http://www.pathsoflove.com/bernard/songofsongs/sermon71.html

The mystic sits in the silence of such language until it silences him
into the experience itself.


Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2012, 06:19:31 PM »

August 20, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

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He said that we are the mutual food of one another, just as lovers are.
Jesus gives us himself as food in the Eucharist, and the willing soul
offers itself for God to “eat” in return: “If I eat and am not
eaten, it will seem that God is in me, but I am not yet in God”
(Commentary 71:5 [2]). I must both eat God and be eaten by God, Bernard
says. Now this is the language of mystical theology, and is upsetting to
the merely rational mind, but utterly delightful and consoling to anyone
who knows the experience.

NOW we're talking.  I looove this kind of stuff.  I could eat this kind of food any time for lunch.  And breakfast and snacks.  AMEN Richard!!

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 05:55:11 AM »

August 21, 2012

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SILENCE


At times we have to step into God’s silence and wait. We have to put
out the fleece as Gideon did (Judges 6:37-40 [1]), and wait for the descent
of the divine dew, or some kind of confirmation from God. That is a good
way to keep our own ego drive out of the way.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+6:37-40&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

There are other times when we need to go ahead and act on our own best
intuitions and presume that God is guiding us–but even then we must
wait for the divine backup. Sometimes that is even the greater act of
faith and courage.

When either waiting or moving forward is done out of a spirit of union
and surrender, we can trust that God will make good out of it—even if
we are mistaken! It is not about being correct; it is about being
connected.


Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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August 21, 2012


There are other times when we need to go ahead and act on our own best
intuitions and presume that God is guiding us–but even then we must
wait for the divine backup. Sometimes that is even the greater act of
faith and courage.

When either waiting or moving forward is done out of a spirit of union
and surrender, we can trust that God will make good out of it—even if
we are mistaken! It is not about being correct; it is about being
connected.


Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.


Singing to my heart!  For the third time this week, I'm without further comment on Rohr's meditation!  Shocked

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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012, 05:25:20 AM »

August 22, 2012



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SILENCE


One good thing that silence and waiting has taught me is that our lives
are always usable by God. We need not always be effective, but only
transparent and vulnerable. Then we are instruments, no matter what we
do. Silence is the ability to trust that God is acting, teaching, and
using me—even before I perform, or after my seeming failures. Silence
is the necessary space around things that allows them to develop and
flourish without my pushing.

God takes it from there, and there is not much point in comparing who is
better, right, higher or lower, or supposedly saved. We are all partial
images slowly coming into focus, as long as we allow and filter the
Light and Love of God, which longs to shine through us—as us!

Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 06:20:27 AM »

August 23, 2012


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The goal of all spirituality is to lead the “naked person” to stand
trustfully before the naked God. The important thing is that we’re
naked; in other words, that we come without title, merit, shame, or even
demerit. All we can offer to God is who we really are, which to all of
us never seems like enough. I am sure this is the way true lovers feel,
too.

As you know, the act of lovemaking requires some degree of nakedness,
and perhaps sacred silence to absorb the communion that is happening.
The same is true in loving and being loved by God. We have to let go of
our false self (as either superior or inferior) to allow God to choose
us “in our lowliness” as Mary says (Luke 1:48 [1]). To do that, we have
to be silent and wait. What a crucifixion this is sometimes!

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1:48&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Silence is the language of God, and the only language deep enough to
absorb all the contradictions and failures that we are holding against
ourselves. God loves us silently, because God has no case to make
against us. Silent communion absorbs our self-hatred, as every lover
knows.

Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 06:23:53 AM »

August 23, 2012


Silence is the language of God, and the only language deep enough to
absorb all the contradictions and failures that we are holding against
ourselves. God loves us silently, because God has no case to make
against us. Silent communion absorbs our self-hatred, as every lover
knows.


Love it!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 06:35:29 AM »

The same is true in loving and being loved by God. We have to let go of
our false self (as either superior or inferior) to allow God to choose
us “in our lowliness” as Mary says (Luke 1:48 [1]).


I think this may be the hardest thing of all, especially for those who have been raised to be ashamed. Because of the constant feelings of unworthiness even before people we hide in the bushes when God calls, just as Adam and Eve did, making ourselves believe that even God doesn't really want us around.  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 06:43:10 AM »

The same is true in loving and being loved by God. We have to let go of
our false self (as either superior or inferior) to allow God to choose
us “in our lowliness” as Mary says (Luke 1:48 [1]).


I think this may be the hardest thing of all, especially for those who have been raised to be ashamed. Because of the constant feelings of unworthiness even before people we hide in the bushes when God calls, just as Adam and Eve did, making ourselves believe that even God doesn't really want us around.  Undecided

I think we mistake shame for humility.  Totally different things.  Mary was humble but not ashamed.  We think we are going to teach humility by shaming people.  We can better teach humility by first learning humility, and for that the desert is a good place to start.  Anything the helps us a) realize we're not in control, and b) things will go OK if we let go for a bit.  To me it's all synonymous with contemplation.

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I think we mistake shame for humility.  Totally different things.  Mary was humble but not ashamed.  We think we are going to teach humility by shaming people.  We can better teach humility by first learning humility, and for that the desert is a good place to start.  Anything the helps us a) realize we're not in control, and b) things will go OK if we let go for a bit.  To me it's all synonymous with contemplation.

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I agree that they are totally different things. I also believe that those raised with shame weren't raised that way by people trying to teach them humility. People who are humble who try to raise their children to have humility already have a sense of enlightenment that wouldn't allow them to induce shame on their children. Those raised in shame however are the products of parents who were bent on dominating their children much like you break the spirit of an animal, or who simply neglected their children giving them the clear message that their needs and desires weren't important.
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 03:03:48 AM »

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Prayer is largely just being silent: holding the tension instead of even
talking it through, offering the moment instead of fixing it by words
and ideas, loving reality as it is instead of understanding it fully. We
must not push the river, we must just trust that we are really in the
river, and God is the current.

That may be impractical, but the way of faith is not the way of
efficiency. So much of life is just a matter of listening and waiting,
and enjoying the expansiveness that comes from such willingness to hold.
It is like carrying and growing a baby: women wait and trust and
hopefully eat good food, and the baby is born.


~ Richard Rohr


Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2012, 07:22:44 AM »

August 25, 2012


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We don’t need to project or maintain any kind of self-image at all,
when we discover ourselves “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians
3:3 [1]). I hope this doesn’t sound too esoteric, because it isn’t. This
is exactly what happens in true prayer and in true lovemaking too: “I
am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” This lovely phrase is used
three times in the “Song of Songs,” and is often found on
contemporary Jewish mezuzahs, to be touched and invoked as you pass the
doorway.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3:3&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

This is what will happen when we live first inside of silence, the
silence that surrounds everything all the time. Only then can we stop
exposing ourselves to the judgments of the world; only then will we stop
“picking up” the energy of others; only then can we cease our
endless self-commentary. We are who we are in God—no more and no less.
We probably do need to remind ourselves of this almost every time we
pass through a doorway.

Prayer:
Listen to the stillness, the language of God.
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