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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 WaterFalling UpwardImmortal 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.

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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 (www.cac.org) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. 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 author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love.

He has been a featured essayist on NPR's "This I Believe," a guest of Mehmet Oz on the Oprah and Friends radio show, and a guest of Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday. Fr. Richard was one of several spiritual leaders featured in the 2006 documentary film ONE: The Movie and was included in Watkins' Spiritual 100 List for 2013. He has given presentations with spiritual leaders such as Rob Bell, Cynthia Bourgeault, Joan Chittister, Shane Claiborne, James Finley, Laurence Freeman, Thomas Keating, Ronald Rolheiser, Jim Wallis, and the Dalai Lama.


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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Carol Blank on February 8, 2011
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Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, is founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an internationally known retreat leader, lecturer, and author. His latest book, Wondrous Encounters, is designed to transform us into our original image and likeness, the image of God. Each meditation is composed of a title summarizing the theme, a brief mediation, key passages from the day's readings, and a starter prayer.

On Ash Wednesday Rohr calls us to pray for the desire to desire. Holy Thursday, he writes is "an honest day of very good ritual that gathers all the absolutely essential but often avoided messages--necessary suffering, real sharing, divine intimacy, and loving servanthood." In the Holy Saturday meditation, he reminds us that "biblical hope is the certainty that things finally have a victorious meaning no matter how they turn out."

His meditation on the Raising of Lazarus (Fifth Sunday, John 11:1-45) touches first on our anxiety over death. Jesus speaks of light and darkness and tells the disciples he will awaken Lazarus, who is only sleeping. The story is familiar, but Rohr emphasizes a point not commonly mentioned: Jesus involved others in bringing about the resurrection of Lazarus. Onlookers were invited to roll back the stone and unbind Lazarus. Jesus woke up Lazarus and the onlookers and portrayed the role of all disciples in creating a culture of life and resurrection. We are to see the world bathed in light and help others to do likewise. The stone to be moved away, Rohr writes, is fear of death and "any blindness that keeps us from seeing that death is merely a part of the Larger Mystery called Life."
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on January 30, 2011
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Once more Franciscan Friar, the Reverend Father Richard Rohr guides us through words right in Holy Scripture through the deepest mysteries of our Faith in the Resurrection.

In the season of recollecting self-denial and silence which is Lent, we need a steady and sure guide like the Rev. Fr. Rohr, writer of countless faithful works of Catholic spirituality, such as The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See and also Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, as well as many others readily available here upon amazon.

Father Rohr is also a gifted retreat guide. Those of us unable to attend his guided retreats in person nevertheless gratefully receive this present new work, particularly in the soon coming days of Lent, which may seem so lonesome upon this Pilgrim Path, but which Fr. Rohr compassionately makes for us more certain, less slippery, encouraging rather than the despair we might inevitably encounter alone. Gratefully therefore we receive this present work, a gift for any Roman Catholic, and a gift for all peoples of Faith.

One may overcome the anatomical restraints of not attending personally a retreat with Father Rohr upon this topic by visiting the webcast on Saturday, yet this book, available here in hard cover, Kindle and in Spanish, gracefully, stands on its own, and lends itself well to personal reflection at one's own pace, to meditate and to re-read and to read once more throughout the time of Lent, and all of the year.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By moi on April 4, 2011
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Father Rohr has a gift for understanding scripture's deepest meaning and making it relevant to our lives today. He's also an inspirational teacher in that he guides the reader in how to think and grow and to pray more deeply. His insights are at times poignant, startling and breathtaking. I feel this was a good choice for my Lenten spiritual reading.

However, I have to mention something that is jarring and out of place in the context of this book, and that is Father Rohr's persistent negative comments about those in positions of religious authority. I understand and appreciate that following dogma and rules is not what God wants, that he wants us to treat each other with love and mercy. Father Rohr makes this point clearly and repeatedly, and that's fine. What is out of place is the heavy handedness with which he sometimes makes this point and the occasional pettiness with which he refers to some religious leaders. One receives the impression that Father Rohr feels superior in that HE doesn't share these leaders' faults, which is certainly inconsistent with some of the scripture readings in this very book. I don't know anything about his background, but his tone leads me to suspect he has been frequently at odds with leaders of the church or his religious community and still feels resentful. I suppose it just goes to show that even the most enlightened among us are still subject to the human condition, but I think this book would have been more peaceful and inspirational if an editor had judiciously amended or removed some of this commentary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jj on March 24, 2011
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Richard Rohr has the amazing ability to help one connect the scriptures with daily living. Would recommend also having ownership of THE MESSAGE...a Bible translation which Rohr uses to accompany the reflections. I look forward to beginning my day with his Wondrous Encounters.
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