everything belongs pg 171

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Everything BelongsThis is the last entry in a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

The contemplative stance is the Third Way. We stand in the middle, neither taking the world on from the power position nor denying for fear of the pain it will bring.

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everything belongs pg 150

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

When we have the gift of seeing, of standing in the big picture and resting in God’s providence, we will know how to create church in a healthy way.

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everything belongs pg 147

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

When the church is no longer teaching the people how to pray, we could almost say it will have lost its reason for existence.

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everything belongs pg 144

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

What must be sacrificed, and it will feel like a sacrifice, is the attachment and the strange satisfaction that problem-solving gives us. Don’t you feel good when you’ve solved problems at the end of the day?

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everything belongs pg 120

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

Therefore, we are led to the conclusion that growth in the spiritual life (and this is surprising to capitalists) takes place not by acquisition of something new.

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everything belongs pg 118

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

The belief that God is “out there,” is the basic dualism that is tearing us all apart. That’s why we have raped the earth, why we have such poor understanding of our bodies, our economy, and our health.

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everything belongs pg 112

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

If we’re not willing to be led through our fears and anxieties, we will never see or grow. We must always move from one level to a level we don’t completely understand yet.

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everything belongs pg 107

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

Even though the admonition not to fear is the most common one-liner in the Bible, our system never called fear a sin. We rewarded it, as all organizational systems will.

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everything belongs pg 103

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

What is my agenda? What is my predisposition? What are my prejudices? What are my angers? I meet people in high levels of church and society who don’t appear to have asked these questions or undertaken this discipline.

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everything belongs pg 94

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

Group-think is a substitute for God-think. We believe that God is found only by our group. We then claim that identification with our group is the only way to serve God.

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everything belongs pg 93

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

Simone Weil, the brilliant French resistor, said that “the tragedy of Christianity is that it came to see itself as replacing other religions instead of adding something to all of them.” … We’ve usually presented Christianity as an ideology competing with communism, materialism, or some other “ism.” I can see why our perception of it slides in that direction, but corporate religion gets all tied up with totems and symbols and arguments about who’s right and wrong, instead of holding the tension of life and death — and paying the price within ourselves for that reconciliation.

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everything belongs pg 84

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

But when we have too much “I,” with too much “I have a right to,” then we necessarily move to a life of hatred, because all our rights cannot be maintained, as Americans think.

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noomapod

December 28, 2005 | 9 Comments


It’s kind of hard to see, but that’s a Nooma on my iPod. I’ve been converting all of my Nooma DVD’s for use on the ipod video. If this isn’t the perfect use of an ipod video, I don’t know what is.
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everything belongs pg 78

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

The private self is clearly an illusion largely created by thinking. My life is not about me. I am about life! That’s why the Bible is a social history.

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everything belongs pg 75

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

To discover the answer, we have to wait and observe. That’s what happens in the early stages of contemplation. We wait in silence. In silence all our usual patterns assault us.

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everything belongs pg 62

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

As soon as we are in a judging mode (higher/lower, superior/inferior), we can’t love. The small “I” does not permit a realm of freedom where love flourishes.

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everything belongs pg 51

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

That’s why some people in high religious positions can be the blindest of all. People the most obedient to commandment and church formulas can very often be the hardest to convert.

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everything belongs pg 29

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness…To become aware of God’s presence in our lives, we have to accept what is often difficult, particularly for people in what appears to be a successful culture.

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el ten eleven

December 27, 2005 | 1 Comment

Everything BelongsI ran across the debut album from El Ten Eleven through Pandora.

I know a number of people have gotten into Explosions in the Sky through my previous recommendation. Let me just say that El Ten Eleven is more of the same kind of goodness. This is great instrumental music for studying, journaling, or general background music as you go through your day.… Read more

everything belongs pg 25

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Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

By contrast, probably the most obvious indication of noncentered (“ec-centric”) people is that they are, frankly, very difficult to live with. Every one of their ego-boundaries must be defended, negotiated, or worshiped: their reputation, their needs, their nation, their security, their religion, even their ball team.

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