Fr. 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 lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. 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.
NEW COMPACT DISC EDITION!
In this first volume in a three-part series, Richard Rohr develops aspects of transformation, a recurring theme in his popular presentations. Three of these talks were first presented at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Talk Three was sponsored by Bellarmine Parish at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Talk One -- Jesus: Forgiving Victim, Transforming Savior
If we imitate the way Jesus lived the role of victim, we will be able to live the Christian mystery. Jesus suffers freely but does not pass on the pain. He forgives, which destroys the death that confronts us. He says, "No one else is your problem. You are the locus of conversion and transformation."
Talk Two -- The Spirituality of Imperfection
The focus of true holiness is giving up control--a journey into letting go. This is the way of descent, a path of owning our weaknesses and allowing God to transform us.
Talk Three -- The Maternal Face of God
Rohr attends to developments in feminine consciousness to consider images of God and their evolution in our own understanding of the Divine, who is beyond gender. He considers aspects of God that can transform the spiritual understanding of both women and men.
Talk Four -- Dying: We Need It for Life
Accounts of near-death experiences provide a springboard for exploring a remarkable pattern found in all faiths. Something has to die to unleash the transformative power in all things.