Prayer jottings

The recurring refrain in my head through the last day or two: “Seek the Lord/While He may be found”.

That despite the turmoil of our friendship in the 1980s KW reached out to me after the news of M’s death. How You have restored and used even the mistakes and muddle, cleaned up after me.

 

From GK Chesterton’s Orthodoxy:

“Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground. … We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long as there was a wall round the cliff’s edge they could fling themselves into every frantic game and make the place the noisiest of nurseries.”

 

The controversy around Richard Rohr’s appearance on the Oprah show like a storm in a tea cup. From a comment online:

“Superficial heterodoxic litmus tests of who’s in and who’s out cannot begin capture the robust notions of right belonging (orthocommunal), right desiring (orthopathic) and right behaving (orthopraxic) that give God the right glory (orthodoxic) per Rohr’s interreligious dialogue, which is not facile, not syncretistic, not indifferentist and wholly in keeping with Vatican II documents regarding both nonbelievers and other traditions.”

 

And Rohr himself:

Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God, if one obsesses over rules and rituals and who’s right and who’s wrong. When you move to “experiential knowledge,” as in an experience of God, “it’s spiritual.”

Core to the great unlearning found in prayer and meditation, this experiential knowing of God with us, God loving us, the gentle breath.

And this, which probably can’t be said often enough: that it’s about You, not us.

What message do you most want to convey to viewers? Oprah Winfrey asked.

That a relationship with God is not about worthiness, Rohr said. Instead, it’s about God’s radical grace and unconditional love for us all. “God doesn’t love you because you’re good. God loves you because God is good.”

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