30 Remarkable Richard Rohr Quotes

30 Remarkable Richard Rohr Quotes

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Richard Rohr is a friar in the Roman Catholic Church. He became ordained in 1970 and is internationally known as an inspirational speaker. Along with his speaking he also writes inspirational books including his most recent Yes,…And. He was also the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.

“All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not. Then, when you can get little enough and naked enough and poor enough, you’ll find that the
little place where you really are is ironically more than enough and is all that you need. At that place, you will have nothing to prove to anybody and nothing to protect.”

“Change is not what we expect from religious people. They tend to love the past more than the present or the future.”

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”

“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them—all the way through!”

“God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history.”

“I cannot illustrate huge differences between male and female spiritualities except in their starting points, style and fascinations along the way. This is significant, however, and has huge
pastoral implications: men must be challenged in the world of doing; women must be challenged in the world of relating.”

“I decided years ago that if I’m going to keep teaching contemplation, then the last years of my life should be contemplative.”

“I see little difference in the attitudes of those who consider themselves Christian and those who are openly secular and agnostic. Most Christian citizenship appears to be clearly right
here – on this little bit of very unreal estate.”

“If we don’t learn to mythologize our lives, inevitably we will pathologize them.”

“In solitude, at last, we’re able to let God define us the way we are always supposed to be defined—by relationship: the I-thou relationship, in relation to a Presence that demands nothing
of us but presence itself. Not performance but presence.”

“It is so important to balance orthodoxy with orthopraxy.”

“It’s the freedom of the children of God. Such people can connect with everybody. They don’t feel the need to eliminate anybody.”

“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”

“Metaphor is the only possible language available to religion because it alone is honest about Mystery.”

“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience
of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.”

“Nature is the one song of praise that never stops singing.”

“People who know how to creatively break the rules also know why the rules were there in the first place.”

“Religious belief has made me comfortable with ambiguity.”

“The ego hates losing – even to God.”

“The morning glories and the sunflowers turn naturally toward the light, but we have to be taught, it seems.”

“The most amazing fact about Jesus, unlike almost any other religious founder, is that he found God in disorder and imperfection—and told us that we must do the same or we would never be
content on this earth.”

“The most common one-liner in the Bible is, “Do not be afraid.” Someone counted, and it occurs 365 times.”

“The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our Satisfaction is now at
another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.”

“The true mystic is always both humble and compassionate, for she knows that she does not know.”

“There is no path to peace, but peace itself is the path.”

“There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it’s enough.”

“Those who are not true leaders will just affirm people at their own immature level.”

“Until we learn to love others as ourselves, it’s difficult to blame broken people who desperately try to affirm themselves when no one else will.”

“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”

“Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest
has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.”