Reading This Could Change the Way You See Yourself

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you’re no stranger to me sharing words of wisdom from Richard Rohr.

In case you don’t know who he is, Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Friar ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. He’s a gifted teacher who leans into Christian Mysticism, which lately, has been my love language.

Rohr has a new book coming on October 4 called Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation. I cannot wait to read it. Other books of his that have impacted me are Falling Upward, Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, and Adam’s Return.

But I wanted to share his daily meditation from yesterday. It was too good not to:

Love is just like prayer; it is not so much an action that we do, but a dialogue that already flows through us. We don’t decide to “be loving”; rather, to love is to allow our deepest and truest nature to show itself. The “Father” doesn’t decide to love the “Son.” Fatherhood is the flow from Father to Son, one hundred percent. The Son does not choose now and then to release some love to the Father, or to the Spirit. Love is the full modus operandi between all three of them! (Remember these classic names are just placeholders. You can replace them with any form of endearment that works for you, but make sure something works!)

The love in you—which is the Spirit in you—always somehow says yes (see 2 Corinthians 1:19-20). Love is not something you do; love is Someone you are. It is your True Self. [1] Love is where you came from and love is where you’re going. It’s not something you can attain. It’s not something you can work up to, as much as something you allow yourself to fall into! It is the living presence of God within you, often called the Holy Spirit, or what some theologians name uncreated grace.

You can’t manufacture this by any right conduct. You can’t make God love you one ounce more than God already loves you right now. You can go to church every day for the rest of your life, but God isn’t going to love you any more than God already loves you right now.

You cannot make God love you any less, either—not an ounce less. You could do the most terrible thing and God wouldn’t love you any less. (You would probably love yourself much less, however.)

You cannot change the Divine mind about you! The flow is constant and total toward your life. God is for you! [Read the rest here…]

Hope you enjoy!

MS

 

About Matthew Snyder

Matt is a thirty-something writer and young adult minister. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Merridith, and their dog, Finn.

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