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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 1, 2013 -- All Saints Day -- We Live in the Shadowlands  (Read 761 times)
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« on: November 01, 2013, 04:28:47 PM »


Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy
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Sixth Theme: The path of descent is the path of transformation.
Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary
teachers, rather than ideas or doctrines (Process).


Friday, November 1, 2013
All Saints’ Day

We Live in the Shadowlands
Meditation 44 of 51


All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility (and they are
finally the same thing). If God is holding out for human perfection, God
is going to have a long wait. There is no other way to read Jesus’
stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32 [1]) or the publican and the
Pharisee (Luke 18:9-14 [2]). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up
being right—simply because he is honest and humble about it. The one
who is formally right ends up being terribly wrong because he is proud
about his own performance.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15:11-32&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB
[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+18:9-14&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB

How have we been able to miss that important point? I suspect it is
because the ego wants to think well of itself and deny any shadow
material. Only the soul knows we grow best in the shadowlands. We are
blinded inside of either total light or total darkness, but “the light
shines on inside the darkness, and it is a light that darkness cannot
overcome” (John 1:5 [3]). Ironically, it is in darkness that we find and
ever long for more light. Mystics like John of the Cross recognized this
to be true on the spiritual level first. It seems the inner and outer
worlds mirror one another.

[3]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1:5&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;EXB


Adapted from Breathing under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, p. 33
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