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Richard Rohr occasionally writes for publications and online media such as CAC’s journal Oneing, America Magazine, Huffington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and Sojourners. Many of his recent articles are listed and linked below.

Oneing – “Evolutionary Thinking”
Fall 2016

Evolutionary thinking is actually contemplative thinking because it leaves the full field of the future in God’s hands and agrees to humbly hold the present with what it only tentatively knows for sure. Evolutionary thinking agrees to both knowing and not knowing, at the same time. To stay on the ride, to trust the trajectory, to know it is moving, and moving somewhere always better, is just another way to describe faith. 

Relevant Magazine – “The Mysticism of Prayer,” an interview with Aaron Cline Hanbury
September/October 2016

In terms of humanity’s relation to God, [Protestants teach] some kind of necessary transaction of blood sacrifice that was needed by God to forgive or to love or to accept humanity. The Franciscan school never accepted that. Our Christology is much more of a nonviolent theory of atonement. To put it in two sentences: Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity, it didn’t need changing. Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.

Wilderness, The Oceans Issue (03), an interview with Jedidiah Jenkins

“Is there some correlation between solitude and the bigness of nature?”
Evangelicals say the first Bible is creation, the first revelation of the nature of God, which is infinite relationality with everything in its diverse multitudinous form of animal, insect, fish, bird, tree and bush. . . . St. Francis said that the whole world is our cloister. . . . When I studied initiation rites I found that the male was always led into nature for extended periods of solitude and silence. . . . Jesus goes to the temple at 13, seeking a father figure but he ends up teaching them because they’ve got nothing to say. Then we hear nothing about him until the age of 30 when it says that, “The spirit drove him into the wilderness.”

Huffington Post – “All Criticism Is Not Scapegoating”
August 11, 2016

Mystical thinking is not a kind of naïveté or avoidance of creative tension but, in part, an allowing of that very tension to enlighten us and move us to a higher, deeper and broader level. First we have to name the problem truthfully before we can give any kind of Third Force, or graced, compassionate response.

The New York Times – “At the Edge of Inside” by David Brooks
June 24, 2016

NYT columnist David Brooks reflects on Richard Rohr’s concept of “the edge of the inside.” Click here to read the full article. (Brooks references CAC’s “Eight Core Principles.” Click here to read a list of the principles with links to Father Richard’s reflections on each.)

Sojourners – “Richard Rohr on White Privilege,” an Interview with Romal Tune
January 19, 2016

White privilege is largely hidden from our eyes if we are white. Why? Because it is structural instead of psychological, and we tend to interpret most things in personal, individual, and psychological ways.

Oneing – “Transgression”
Spring 2014

There seems to be an inherent need in humans for crossing boundaries, testing limits, and even “testing the gods” to find out who these gods really are and who we really are in relationship to them. (This full issue of Oneing, which features additional authors, is available from CAC’s Bookstore.)

America – “The Work of a Christian Lifetime”
September 25, 2013

Pope Francis is emerging as a giant corrective to so much of our small seeing and listening by telling us that the first Christian hearing aid and lens through which we receive the moment must always be nothing less than the ears and eyes of love.

National Catholic Reporter – “It will be hard to go backward after Francis’ papacy”
September 24, 2013

Francis is not so much telling us what to see (which our dualistic minds will merely fight and resist) nearly as much as teaching us how to see and what to pay attention to. Somehow he is telling us that true seeing is first seeing through the eyes of love and mercy. And this is Christianity itself.

 

 

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