Here are four of Richard Rohr's classics on the life of the Church!
Talk 1: "Catholicism: More Than a Head Trip". Rohr fears that many Catholics are not getting a healthy, integrated and holistic teaching but simply a head trip. Many are missing the richness of our tradition. He addresses the current struggles of a Catholicism that, as Robert Barron says, "is in some ways bland, abstract and culturally accommodating."
Talk 2: "Authentic Religion: Membership or Transformation?" Sometimes our search for God is confused with belonging to a community, and "doing it right" is not always enough to open the door to God. Jesus talked about it as a narrow road. An attitude of unbounded gratefulness toward all of life reflects whether transformation is real and religion authentic.
Talk 3: "Faith: Recovering the Language of Belief". Faith is not easily achieved or understood, says Rohr. In our push-button world, people struggle with the concept of mystery. Many are walking out of a Church they have never known. To some, it appears we have also lost the language of faith. Rohr encourages us to hold the hands of our ancestors and of the next generation believing Christ is risen in all things.
Talk 4: "Gravity and Grace: Insights Into Christian Ministry". Christian life is the best preparation for Christian ministry, says Rohr. All we can give is who we are. Ministers are the gloves that God wears to touch us. He invites us to touch others on the edge of our society, according to our unique life and gifts.
©1997 Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (P)2000 St. Anthony Messenger Press
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