Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice Friday, RR Daily Meditations, February 2, 2018

Sermon on the Mount

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice
Friday, February 2, 2018

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice: they shall have their fill. —Matthew 5:6

This Beatitude is surely both spiritual and social. Most Bibles to this day soften this Beatitude: “hunger and thirst for what is right” or “for righteousness” are the more common faulty translations. But the word in Greek clearly means “justice.” Notice that the concept of justice is used halfway through the Beatitudes and again at the very end. The couplet emphasizes an important point: To live a just life in this world is to identify with the longings and hungers of the poor, the meek, and those who weep. This identification and solidarity is in itself a profound form of social justice.

My friend John Dear, who has spent his life in the struggle against the injustice of violence, writes about this Beatitude:

Righteousness is not just the private practice of doing good; it sums up the global responsibility of the human community to make sure every human being has what they need, that everyone pursues a fair sense of justice for every other human being, and that everyone lives in right relationship with one another, creation, and God.

. . . Jesus instructs us to be passionate for social, economic, and racial justice. That’s the real meaning of the Hebrew word for justice and the Jewish insistence on it. Resist systemic, structured, institutionalized injustice with every bone in your body, with all your might, with your very soul, he teaches. Seek justice as if it were your food and drink, your bread and water, as if it were a matter of life and death, which it is. . . . Within our relationship to the God of justice and peace, those who give their lives to that struggle, Jesus promises, will be satisfied. . . .

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How do we hunger and thirst for justice? By making global justice a priority in our lives. This Beatitude requires us to join a grassroots movement that fights one or two issues of injustice and to get deeply involved in the struggle. Since all issues of injustice are connected, fighting one injustice puts us squarely in the struggle against every injustice. As Martin Luther King Jr. said over and over again, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Befriend the victims of systemic injustice, side with them, listen to their stories, let their pain break your heart, join the movements to end injustice, tithe your money to the cause, and commit yourself to the struggle. . . .

While [it] may take a long time, our nonviolent persistence and truth-telling will eventually win out and bear the good fruit of justice. Truth is on our side; God is on the side of justice. “The arc of the moral universe is long,” Martin Luther King Jr. said famously, “but it bends toward justice.”

(Citatet som Richard Rohr hänvisar till kommer inte från Martin Luther King Jr ursprungligen utan från Theodore Parker , klicka på namnet så kan du läsa lite mer om honom. Däremot så är som jag förstår det Martin Luther King Jr i allra högsta grad förknippad med detta citat och den otroligt modiga kamp han förde för rättvisa och mot förtryck och rasism – artikel här att läsa om du är intresserad. //Tillfrisknande1)

 

 

Merton prayer for Discernment

Discernment – att urskilja, att se

At a very difficult and dark period in Thomas Merton’s life he penned this prayer that has been such a help to so many people:

O Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going,

I do not see the road ahead of me,

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

 

Nor do I really know myself,

And that fact that I think

I am following Your will

Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

 

But I believe

That the desire to please You

Does in fact please You.

And I hope I have that desire

In all that I am doing.

 

I hope that I will never do anything

Apart from that desire to please You.

And I know that if I do this

You will lead me by the right road,

Though I may know nothing about it.

 

Therefore I will trust You always

Though I may seem to be lost

And in the shadow of death.

I will not fear,

For You are ever with me,

And You will never leave me

To make my journey alone.

 

Source: Thomas Merton, Pax Christi, Benet Press, Erie, PA.

A Different Way of Knowing Prayer – Richard Rohr 3/3

Appendix till Richard Rohrs Daily Meditations 2018
3. A Different Way of Knowing Prayer Richard Rohr

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Richard Rohrs icke editerad script från ovan video, den första video nr 3 av 3:
A Different Way of Knowing Prayer Richard Rohr, Unedited Transcript

Let me offer you just one example of what I might mean by a practice. Probably, the most universal and common one is what we call prayer. Now, you’ve all heard that word all your life, but we largely thought of it as talking to God, or making announcements to God, and when we say practice, we are not talking about a merely mental exercise or even a verbal exercise, but somehow something that includes embodiment, physicality. So, here at the center, for example, we practice a form of centering prayer, where we sit together for 20 minutes in the morning in a somewhat disciplined posture, there is not a perfect one, but you sit there not in your ideal world, not in your identity world. In fa ct, that’s exactly what you let go off. Just this morning as we did, I looked around the circle, which I probably shouldn’t have been doing, and I said, you know, what, we are all absolute equals now. We are just naked beings sitting in our nakedness witho ut our identity, without our smarts just being in the presence of God. Now, that might seem like that’s almost nothing. Actually, it ends up being almost everything, because you have to get back to what Thomas Merton called beyond the shadow and beyond the disguise, where you knock on the hard bottom of your own reality. That’s what practice does for you. It gives you the discipline to get out of your head and much more in your soul, in your body where you frankly, you learn in a different way, you know in a different way. It really is practice is a different way of knowing the moment and therefore of knowing yourself. I hope that makes sense, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. (länk till pdf)

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Contemplative Practices:

Books and recordings by CAC core faculty:

Cynthia Bourgeault

  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening (book)           
  • Chanting the Psalms (book and CD)
  • The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice (book)

James Finley

  • Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (book)
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere (book)

Richard Rohr

  • Beginners Mind (CDMP3 download)
  • Contemplative Prayer (CDMP3 download)
  • Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for Happiness (DVDCDMP3 download)
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (book)
  • The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (book)

Additional recommended resources:
Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Källa: Allt är utdrag från cac.org från sidan: https://cac.org/contemplation-dm/

Practice – Based Spirituality: Beyond Belief – Richard Rohr 2/3

Appendix till Richard Rohrs Daily Meditations 2018
2. Practice – Based Spirituality: Beyond Belief Richard Rohr

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Richard Rohrs icke editerad script från ovan video, den första video nr 2 av 3:
Practice – Based Spirituality: Beyond Belief Richard Rohr, Unedited Transcript

Some have predicted that the future of Christianity cannot be just belief based. We’ve pretty much tried that for most of our history. We have to be also practice based. We have to find something that rewires this and reconnects this. We call that practice. There is nothing to believe, there is nothing to disbelieve. Our fight against it’s just do it, try this, and see if this practice does not force you to think or feel or see o r hear in a different way. So, oft – times if you are not used to practice based Christianity, I’ll be honest, they sometimes feel oh this is silly, oh this is childish, or you are playing with me, but don’t knock at it till you’ve tried it, and you might ev en ask sometimes why am I afraid to do this simple almost childlike thing. That might be our very indication of our resistance and the line that we have to cross, so I just offered to you as an invitation, and I think at the end of a few months you will se e for yourselves there is nothing to believe here. There is only something to experience and then you will know for yourself. You will feel for yourself. It’s not Richard’s feeling. It’s now something that has emerged out of your own body and soul, mind an d heart, and that is the way Jesus said we are supposed to love both God and our neighbor. You can’t do it just with your head, or even with just your willpower or your behavior. Somehow they have to act as one, and that’s what a good practice teaches you. Trust me on that. (länk till pdf)

 

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Contemplative Practices:

Books and recordings by CAC core faculty:

Cynthia Bourgeault

  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening (book)           
  • Chanting the Psalms (book and CD)
  • The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice (book)

James Finley

  • Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (book)
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere (book)

Richard Rohr

  • Beginners Mind (CDMP3 download)
  • Contemplative Prayer (CDMP3 download)
  • Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for Happiness (DVDCDMP3 download)
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (book)
  • The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (book)

Additional recommended resources:
Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Källa: Allt är utdrag från cac.org från sidan: https://cac.org/contemplation-dm/

Sinnesrobönen

Vem den ursprungliga författaren till Sinnesrobönen är är inte helt klarlagt. Den som oftast anges som upphovsman är teologen och filosofen Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971.

Bönen i sin helhet lyder (som dock är slutet på en betydligt längre bön, men det som oftast refereras till som hela sinnesrobönen):

Gud, ge mig nåden att med sinnesro acceptera det som inte kan förändras,
mod att förändra det som bör förändras
och Visdom att särskilja det ena från det andra.

Att leva en dag i taget,
att glädjas åt ett ögonblick i sänder,
och att acceptera motgångar som en väg till frid.

Hjälp mej att, som Jesus gjorde, ta denna syndiga värld som den är, inte som just jag vill ha den.

Hjälp mej att lita på att Gud gör allt väl om jag överlåter mej åt Hans vilja.

Ge mej nåden att få leva någorlunda lycklig i detta livet – och i fullkomlig salighet tillsammans med Honom i det tillkommande.

Amen

Reading as Spiritual Practice: Uniting Heart, Mind, and Body – Richard Rohr 1/3

Appendix till Richard Rohrs Daily Meditations 2018
1. Reading as Spiritual Practice: Uniting Heart, Mind, and Body Richard Rohr

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Almost 10 years ago, a member of our staff here at the center in New Mexico came to me and said what about if we start putting online some of the many things you talk about.

I am afraid I talk about too many things, and he said, let’s try to get them down into smaller pieces and offer them to people on a daily basis, and I thought, well, I don’t know who is going to listen to that, but it grew from there. And every year it seems more people checked in and the staff encouraged me by drawing from more of my writings and talks and little by little we had a full – blown set of daily meditations, and I know that they introduced a lot of ideas that sometimes at first bl ush probably seem scary, edgy, new, dangerous. I don’t think they are. Believe it or not, I pride myself in being a traditionalist. I would never have the courage to say the things I do or say them with any kind of self – confidence if I couldn’t draw from s cripture, from the whole 4000 – year tradition of Judaism and Christianity and find them bookmarked throughout that tradition in saints and mystics and profits and counsels of the church. That’s what tells me, okay Richard, you might be on the right course, at least somewhat right course. So, that’s what we are going to offer you. I think it amounts to a mini course in mystical Christianity.

Now don’t be scared by that word mystical. For me, mystical simply means experiential, that it’s not all up here in the head. It’s not just sentimentality in the heart. It’s not just body feelings, but it’s somehow putting all of those together, and when I mean experiential, that’s what I mean and that’s what I want you to be able to experience where head and heart and bod y and soul are all working together. So, when you hear words like non – dual consciousness, mysticism, don’t be scared. I am really plugging in to that Christianity that most of you first learned maybe as a little child, but probably you understood it, how c ould you not, with the mind of a little child, and if we are talking about experiential Christianity, we also want to introduce you if you don’t mind me saying it to adult Christianity. Nothing less is going to feed this world.

We don’t have time for relig ious baby talk just to make us feel secure. We need to say what does that really mean, what does that really mean for me, and what does that really mean for the world? So, I’d love to invite you into that journey and it is a journey, and I promise you that we are going to go together to some place very good. Thank you for your trust. (länk till pdf)

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Contemplative Practices:

Drumming: Practicing surrendering the mind and attuning the body through rhythm

Walking Meditation: Taking slow, mindful steps

Ecstatic Dance: Moving freely to music

Chanting: Singing with intention

Centering Prayer: Observing and letting go of all thoughts without judgment during a period of silence

Lectio Divina: Reading short passages of text in a contemplative way

Christian Meditation: Repeating scripture or a sacred word as a mantra

Welcoming Prayer: Welcoming any feeling, sensation, or emotion that arises in the midst of your day

YHWH Prayer: Consciously saying God’s name through each breath

Pranayama: Breathing mindfully

Loving Kindness Meditation: Recognizing your inner source of loving kindness and sending love to others

Books and recordings by CAC core faculty:

Cynthia Bourgeault

  • Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening (book)           
  • Chanting the Psalms (book and CD)
  • The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice (book)

James Finley

  • Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (book)
  • Merton’s Palace of Nowhere (book)

Richard Rohr

  • Beginners Mind (CDMP3 download)
  • Contemplative Prayer (CDMP3 download)
  • Emotional Sobriety: Rewiring Our Programs for Happiness (DVDCDMP3 download)
  • Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (book)
  • The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (book)

Additional recommended resources:

Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

 

Källa: Allt är utdrag från cac.org från sidan: https://cac.org/contemplation-dm/

Citat 6 januari, 2018

Ett kort men kraftfullt citat denna söndagsmorgon. Enormt tacksam för att jag gick vilse och vågar fortsätta att släppa kontrollen så jag går vilse då och då.

Det finns mitt i skogen en oväntad glänta som bara kan hittas av den som gått vilse.

~ Tomas Tranströmer

Recovery Thought January 6, 2018

Recovery Thought:
God has placed His Word in our hands for an intensely practical purpose—namely, to direct our walk and to regulate our deportment.
— Arthur W. PinkPsalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

† Recovery Prayer †
O God,
Your Word is precious to me. Day by day it guides me, directs my paths and regulates my conduct. It is my plumb line, the anchor of my soul. Thank You for Your wondrous gift.
Amen.

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