Richard Rohr – Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction – 1 – Liberation theology for consumerists

Beginning with today I intend to publish a series of quotes from the audio lectures of Richard Rohr titled Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005, Audible.

Here is how these lectures are presented on the Audible site:

In our culture, the “good life” means getting more. This series of retreat talks challenges listeners to subtract–to release whatever hinders us from siding with the cosmic Christ, whether that be in our inner world or our outer world. Father Rohr offers a daring vision which calls us to surrender, to liberation, to making room for real freedom.

These  are more or less exact quotes (I have transcribed these during some of my latest flights and I may have skipped a word here and there). The these I will add where necessary some of my own comments.

I hope you will find there as useful as I have found them. It is going to be a steep ride, so prepare for some surprises.

Here are the first two.

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Richard Rohr – Letting Go. A Spirituality of Subtraction
St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005, Audible)
– notes and quotes –

What is this lecture all about?
Letting Go – a liberation theology for a first world country:
– what is it that we need to be liberated from;
– what we need to be liberated for; and
– who is the liberator

Comment – Usually, liberation, when viewed as an acceptable concept, is considered to be relevant for third world contexts, not the developed world. Fr. Rohr is trying in this series of lectures to address prophetically the need for liberation in the first world.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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