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« on: November 04, 2013, 09:03:42 AM »

Nov 4, 2013

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

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).

The Power of Self-Disclosure
Meditation 47 of 51

One’s biggest secrets and deepest desires are usually revealed to
others, and even discovered by ourselves, in the presence of sorrow,
failure, or need—when we are very vulnerable and when one feels
entirely safe in the arms of someone’s love. That is why all “little
ones” have a huge head start. When vulnerable exchange happens, there
is always a broadening of being on both sides. We are bigger and better
people afterward. Those who never go there always remain small and
superficial, and unconnected to themselves. You would normally
experience it as a lack of substance or even reality in a person. People
who have avoided all intimacy normally do not know who they are at any
depth—and cannot tell others who they are.

What the saints discovered is that God was always disclosing himself to
them—not ideas, nor formulas, not answers, but God’s inner
“secrets,” or what St. Thérèse of Lisieux [1] called the very
“science of love.” Such divine intimacy gives you a great big head
start in knowing how to do human intimacy.


Adapted from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, p. 165

... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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