everything belongs pg 51

December 28, 2005

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. They’ve taken the symbol for the substance. They’ve taken the ritual for the reality. They’ve taken the means for the ends and become inoculated from the experience of the real thing. … But much of institutional religion seems to give people just enough “God talk” to enable them to forever avoid any direct and frightening religious experience.

Sometimes we can be so sure of the answers and our way of doing things that we might miss the realities that are found elsewhere. I continually wrestle with trying to understand what lines, however fuzzy they may be, are appropriate for me to try to contain God within. A God defined by my personal experience is too small, and yet wouldn’t a God defined by the mass experience of all humanity simply lose definition of any kind?

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