Richard Rohr

«This seems to have been St. Augustine's very notion of "memory," not just nostalgia for some past moment, but connecting past, present, and future in one complete contemplative knowing.»

Richard Rohr


«The way to transmute the pain of life is to reveal the wounded side of things, evil, even, and then place the wound inside of sacred space. The Bible is about naming, facing, and then forgiving the wounds of history.»

Richard Rohr


«Faith for Jesus is the opposite of anxiety. If you are anxious, if you are trying to control everything, if you are worried about many things, you don’t have faith, according to Jesus. You do not trust that God is good and on your side. You’re trying to do it all yourself, lift yourself up by your own bootstraps.»

Richard Rohr


«Our wounds are the only thing humbling enough to break our attachment to our false self.»

Richard Rohr


«True baptism allows us to reframe, and contain, the reality of evil, without needing to blame anyone else, without any need for shame or vengeance. We are all in this together, and our common wound shows itself in different ways.»

Richard Rohr


«All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain.»

Richard Rohr


«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.»

Richard Rohr


«A lot of us pray as if prayer is really twisting the arm of God or convincing God to do something. We think by saying more words we’ll talk God into it. We think, “If I say it one more time, God will agree with me.” That very attitude is an alienating attitude. It keeps us in the role of doing it “right” or often enough to convince an unready or unwilling God. Wrong, wrong, wrong!»

Richard Rohr


«Perhaps the True Self--and the full Christ Mystery (not the same as organized Christianity)--will always live in the backwaters of any empire and the deep mines of any religion.»

Richard Rohr


«...religion either produces the very best people or the very worst.»

Richard Rohr


«Pain and suffering that are not transformed are usually projected onto others.»

Richard Rohr


«We have been shown how to fight hate without becoming hate ourselves. We have been given a Companion and a Friend and not just a good idea. We have been given joy in the midst of failure, and not just a way of winning or being right.»

Richard Rohr


«The soul needs meaning as much as the body needs food.»

Richard Rohr


«...organized religion is no longer good news for most people, but bad news indeed. It set us up for the massive atheism, agnosticism, hedonism, and secularism we now see in almost all formerly Christian countries.»

Richard Rohr


«Once you see that your skin and your gift are two sides of the same coin, you can never forget it. It preserves religion from any arrogance and denial.»

Richard Rohr


«Life is all about practicing for heaven." p 101.»

Richard Rohr


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

Richard Rohr


«When we fail we are merely joining the great parade of humanity that has walked ahead of us and will follow after us.»

Richard Rohr


«God seems to be about turning our loves around and using them toward the great love that is their true object.»

Richard Rohr


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

Richard Rohr


«every time God forgives us, God is saying that God's own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.»

Richard Rohr