Monday, December 15, 2014

My Dear Lovely Ladies,

It’s December 15 , 2014. 
I don’t know when you might be reading this, but I pray you take it to heart in the spiritual journey you are on.

I believe Father Rohr has offered in this short piece below a very true path, one no different than the path of Jesus himself.

Jesus has given us a path to follow in this life we have been given, always pointing to the path and not so much to himself.

We are one with God, just as Jesus was, but many things in this life compete with this profound mystery.

Jesus said if we want to follow him we must also take up OUR CROSS. Something must die!

Might our cross be our willingness to die to our ego and realize what has been given to us from the day of our birth :

WE ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD and that image is our True Self not that self which has been conditioned by all of these competing forces in our lives

Merry Christmas!

And may you all discover this great gift, freely given to all, but you must do the spiritual work of unwrapping this profound gift.

Love Papa

December 15, 2014

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation

Sunday, December 14, 2014 

Feast of St. John of the Cross

The Spiritual Journey in a Nutshell

Throughout this year of Daily Meditations we have been basically following the stages of spiritual development. (St. John of the Cross, whose feast day it is, charted this journey much better than I ever can!) We begin with the original blessing of being created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) who is Love (1 John 4:8). But early in life we seem to forget our origin and who we really are. We leave our original innocence and the proverbial “Garden” to begin the task of the first half of life, which involves building a container, a False Self, and an ego. Dualistic thinking takes over, especially in the Western world, as education emphasizes the left side of the brain, competition, and success. Boundaries, group-think, and exclusion thrive. The shadow self hides whatever is considered unacceptable. Even our True Self becomes hidden beneath the False Self we have constructed to meet our needs for security, control, and esteem. The goal is personal individuation, and the emphasis is on the individual, and his or her positive self-image. This is fine as far as it goes, which is not very far, I am afraid; but it is all that a secular culture knows.

God’s goal is always union. “God comes disguised as our life,” as Paula D’Arcy puts it. Life lived fully and honestly inevitably involves both joy and suffering, a path of descent, doubt, and lots of little deaths that teach us to let go of our False Self and to live in the simple joy of divine union—which is exactly the passion and desire of the True Self. Our carefully constructed ego container must gradually crack open, as we realize that we are not separate from God, from others, or from our true selves. Now the ego is seen for the partial but limiting gift that it is. Now it is ready to become the servant of the soul, and is even willing to “die” for the sake of the Spirit.

We now know that God is in us and we are in God. Through grace, contemplation, and experiencing our experiences, our consciousness is transformed. We overcome the splits created in the first half of life. Now we are capable of non-dual thinking and we can forgive and accept our imperfections and those of others. We no longer have anything to prove or protect, so we can let go and surrender to Reality/God, which are now experienced as the same thing. As St. Francis said, “I am who I am in the eyes of God—nothing more and nothing less.” We may appear foolish, or even naïve, to those at earlier levels of development, but we are finally free and alive. This is the second naiveté, our return to an almost childlike simplicity and serenity. It is the primary goal and purpose of our maturing years.

"I am who I am in the eyes of God, nothing more and nothing less."

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