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Book Title: Simplicity: The Art of Living|
The author of the book: Richard Rohr
Edition: Crossroad Publishing Company
Date of issue: November 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780824511333
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No one puts the smack down quite like a Franciscan monk...
"How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus Christ we've managed so effectively to avoid everything that he taught so unequivocally? This is true of all the churches. All of us, for example, have evaded the Sermon on the Mount. All of us have evaded the unmistakable teaching on poverty. All of us have evaded Jesus' clear directive on non-violence. All of us have evaded his straightforward doctrine of loving your enemies. Jesus is too much for us."
Rohr has some hard words for churches and Christians, but he's deeply committed to both and has a way of encouraging and challenging us into deeper, more faithful living. This book is a series of transcribed lectures that he gave in Germany decades ago, holding together (very loosely) under the topic of simplicity. He touches on everything from socialism to spiritual disciplines to greed to the myth of the "messianic promise" that modernism held out for in human reason.
I particularly enjoyed his thoughts on God as feminine, which I usually don't hear from established, white, male clergy...
"In patriarchal Europe we prefer to see God as a man. And yet it says right there in Genesis: 'God created humankind in God's own image; male and female God created them' (Gen. 1:27). That says point blank that God cannot be masculine.... Like many other people I've continually wondered why Jesus came to us as a man and why he chose twelve men... I think that if Jesus had come as a woman, and had this woman been forgiving and compassionate, and had she taught non-violence, we wouldn't have experienced that as revelation. 'Oh well, typical woman,' we would have said. But the fact that a man in a patriarchal society took on these qualities that we call 'feminine' was a breakthrough in revelation. So he spent three years teaching twelve men how to do things differently- and they almost never caught on. And for two thousand years the men in the Church have never caught on. Because we wanted a God of domination."
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Read information about the authorFr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, Eager to Love, and The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation (with Mike Morrell).
Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
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