Richard Rohr – A Nonviolent Atonement

Note: See how similar is the Franciscan view of salvation as a nonviolent process to the Orthodox view, and how radically diferent from the juridical emphasis that dominates mainline Catholicand almost all Protestant and Evangelical atonement theories (based on the view of an angry God – as opposed to a loving one, who had to punish his Son in order to be able to, again, reluctanty, love his human creatures).

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The Franciscan Prophet

Recorded in Assisi on 1 may 2014.

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel – Contemplative Prayer

Hosted by Father Benedict Groeschel, this show features Fr. Groeschel teaching and talking about the Catechism and the bible with an emphasis on prayer. His discussion of prayer is based on the premise that an essential condition of prayer is devotion- the belief that God is listening and cares for us. In “Prayer in the Catechism”, Fr. Groeschel discusses the various kinds of prayer, including a special emphasis on using scripture when praying. The catechism contains basic Christian teaching formatted for learning and understanding. More information about the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. Continue reading “Fr. Benedict Groeschel – Contemplative Prayer”

Feast of St. Francis

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Here is today’s meditation of Fr. Richard Rohr on Franciscan mysticism, particularly on what he calls the ‘univocity of being’.

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On our great feast day of Francis, let me elaborate a little further on what we Franciscans believe to be “the Univocity of all Being.” Univocity, in Latin, means “one voice.” When you speak of God, when you speak of angels, when you speak of humans, when you speak of animals, when you speak of trees, when you speak of fish, when you speak of the earth, you are using the word “Being” univocally, or with one foundational and common meaning. Continue reading “Feast of St. Francis”

Ricard Rohr – Franciscan Mysticism – Whence Comes the Holy Spirit

In most paintings of people waiting for the Holy Spirit they are looking upward, with their hands outstretched or raised up, the assumption being that the Holy Spirit will descend from “up” above. In the Great Basilica in Assisi where St. Francis is buried, there’s a bronze statue of him honoring the Holy Spirit. His posture and perspective are completely different from what we have come to expect. He’s looking down into the earth with expectation and desire! This is the change of perspective that became our alternative orthodoxy—although it should have been mainline orthodoxy! He was merely following the movement of the Incarnation, since Christians believe that the Eternal Word became “flesh” (John 1:14), and it is in the material world that God and the holy are to be found. Continue reading “Ricard Rohr – Franciscan Mysticism – Whence Comes the Holy Spirit”