religion became preoccupied
with telling people what to know
more than how to know,
telling people what to see
more than how to see.”
Believe it or not, Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Priest in the Catholic tradition. I find it very refreshing to find not only believers in Christianity, but a member of the leadership and fraternal order to have rediscovered the contemplative awakening of a relationship with the Presence that indwells each of us and I also find in Fr. Rohr a kindred spirit, so to speak, as he speaks and writes very similar to the Truths that I write about both on this blog and in my journals.
It was always frustrating to me to watch the Catholic tradition go through so many ills because of the member’s behaviors (much the same with all religions in fact) when I know at the heart of their tradition is this Truth: “The whole concern of doctrine and its teaching must be directed to the love that never ends….so that anyone can see that all the works of perfect Christian virtue spring from love and have no other objective than to arrive at love.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, prologue VI;25)
I hate that religion is more often used to control what people do rather than aid them into self-discovery and internal transcendence. When I say this, I’m obviously referring to Western religion, as Eastern religions have a long tradition of encouraging the contemplative mind. What religions in the West are desperately in need of is a renewal of contemplative practice and a deep desire to know that which they have long claimed to have sole proprietorship upon.
It is my prayer, my hope, and my mission to do all that I can possibly do to aid in the renewal of this Spirit within religion, as well as, assist in helping those religions to come together and support each other in unity rather than condemn each other in judgement. It is for this reason I have renewed my activities in religious circles rather than remain isolated from them, for I can be of no use to others if I am not serving where they live.