In an effort to follow through on my one word for 2013 of “Simplify,” I’m reading another book by one of my favorite spiritual authors, Richard Rohr, called Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go.
The title alone is telling, but in classic Rohr style, his words bring not only a sense of peace, but also unrest. Often at the same time.
From my reading this weekend, here are some of the thoughts he shares that stood out to me and had me either screaming with a resounding “YES!” or thinking, “Oh, boy. I’d not thought of it like that before.” In either case, his words resonated with me, on a very deep level, and have given me much to think about as I continue to try to simplify not just from the standpoint of trying to simplify my life more by going “without,” but also by taking a good look and “cleaning house” on my life from “within.”
From Richard Rohr’s Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go:
- First you agree to give yourself, and then you will understand it, not the other way around.
- Don’t be afraid! Fear comes from a need to control. And we are not in control anyway.
- When Jesus healed the sick people, he always said: “Your faith has made you whole.” He never said, “Your correct doctrine, your orthodoxy, your dogmatism have healed you.”
- That is the problem of the soul. I have to do my work and leave the judgment to God.
- Jesus is a person and at the same time a process. Jesus is the Son of God, but at the same time he is “the Way.” He’s the goal, but he’s also the means, and the means is always the way of the cross.
- The way of the cross looks like a way of failure.
- The way inward demands that you build bridges with your own soul. But anyone who builds a bridge always runs the danger of being trampled from both sides, of being misunderstood by both sides.
And finally, I will close with my personal favorite:
- We become like the God we adore.
Happy Monday, all!