We often think of saints as rare individuals whose gifts far exceed our own, and St. Francis is no exception. But for Fr. Richard Rohr, a prolific author and renowned speaker, the life and teachings of this beloved figure offer an authentic spirituality we can all embody.
On the Art of Letting Go, Fr. Rohr gives us a six session learning course that explores: the surprising richness we discover by simplifying our lives - without taking a vow of poverty; liberation from our self-limiting biases and certitudes; contemplation and action, two key steps toward communing more deeply with the Divine, and more.
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On your spiritual journey seeking God, Fr Richard Rohr brings St Francis to life. He alows us to visualize with great clarity how St Francis was able to Let Go from things of this world. I found in The Art of Letting Go, as Pope John Paul II said on his death bead, "I have been searching for you all my life, and now you have found me" has a new meaning.
trying to see the world with my ears
As a long time listener of Rohr audio (tapes dating back to 1976), I found the delivery in this sounded more "scripted" than his usual dynamic and enthusiastic spontaneous style. However, it condenses and updates his older audio "Spirituality of Subtraction" very nicely. This retreat is directed at a broader audience than his usual Christian, and that somehow broadens his presentation of Francis' radical critique of society even more.
Good to see a teacher like Rohr on Sounds True and Audible.
He is not a fad teacher and walks the talk (or the silence), and has been doing so for decades. His wisdom grows over the years and can benefit anyone interested in spirituality, no matter the variation.
I really enjoyed listening to this program. It was as if I was on a spiritual retreat as I listened to Richard Rohr talk about the life of St. Francis and apply it to my life today. The insights offered transcended religion and dogma and addressed my real spiritual needs. For anyone trying to learn how to "Let go and let God," this is right on target.
I have listened to it 3 times and get something new each time
Answered my question as to why I don't feel at home in this world...
A lot of good information, but the narrator, could be due to the content, made it sound like the longest homily I've ever heard. I do regret using a credit for this download.
I really wanted to love this book. It contains so much of Rohr's liberal opinions & so little of Francis's teachings, I simply could not. From exampling talking down to a less educated congregation to claiming someone living in a state the Bible declares sin is holy, it is extremely awkward to digest this book through the lens of God's Holy Word. As a Christian & clergy, I agree there is much we need to let go. The truth of Scripture, however, is certainly not on that list, & never shall be for those who love Christ & keep His Word.
I was hoping for a book on letting go of material things and instead I got a retread of Jimmy Carter's 1970s "Malaise" speech. Richard motivates Letting Go through either easily disproved assertions or foundational principles that are temporary. We're too materialistic these days, so we need to let go of things. So if we lived in, say, the Great Depression, it would be OK to party on? Franciscan attitudes should be preached independent of political leanings and current events, but Richard cannot let go of these. The book is dragged down by them to the point where I tried each chapter, looking for something free of Richard's personal ax-grinding, but never found it.
Probably not. His political world view permeated what I hoped would be a spiritual book.
Richard may well be a gifted theologian, but he's no voice actor.
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