Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rohr: A Lever and a Place to Stand: The Contemplative Stance, The Active Prayer

This latest tome by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr offers an evaluation of religious attitudes that spawn an alternative pious world for advocates without confronting materialism and oppression of today's culture.

Religion without a contemplative stance, according to this well-respected spiritual mater, is often the cause of the problem, he says.

One to challenge religion, Rohr tells how religion will recover its aim as morphing and transformational only if it refuses to embace wealth, power, certitude and funamentalism.

The contemplative stance crosses boundaries and is not concerned with who is "in" and who is

At the outset of this book, Rohr quotes a Greek philospher and mathematician who says:

"Give me a level and a place to stand and I will move the world."

Rohr says that the "fixed point is our place to stand. It is a contemplative stance: steady, centered, poised, and rooted."

Rohr claims "that we don't have a fixed place to stand, a fulcrum of critical distance, and thus many of us cannot find our levers, or true delivery systems, by which to move our world.

It's a good read.

It helps awakens a world in need of this truth.

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