Richard Rohr – The Hole in Our Soul

Do you realize with what difficulty surrender will come to a fixing, managing mentality? There’s nothing in that psyche prepared to understand the spiritual wisdom of surrender. All of the great world religions teach surrender. Yet most of us, until we go through “the hole in our soul,” don’t think surrender is really necessary. At least that’s how it is for those of us in developed countries. The poor, on the other hand, seem to understand limitation at a very early age. They cannot avoid or deny the big hole in much of reality and even in their own soul.

The developing world faces its limitation through a breakdown in the socioeconomic system, and any access to basic justice. But we, in the so-called developed world, have to face our limitations, it seems, on the inside. That’s our liberation theology. We must recognize our own poor man, our own abused woman, the oppressed part of ourselves that we hate, that we deny, that we’re afraid of. That’s the hole in our soul. This is our way through, maybe the only way, says the crucified Jesus.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 66, day 71 (Available through Franciscan Media)

The Daily Meditations for 2013 are now available in Fr. Richard’s new book Yes, And . . . .

Author: DanutM

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

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