04 October 2013

Franciscan cred

Today is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi.  The Franciscan priest, Richard Rohr, in his daily meditation has something quite appropriate.  In his day, Francis had all of the trappings of success.  He came from the right family; he had all of the connections.  But that wasn’t enough—or perhaps, it was too much!

Father Rohr says, “In a certain sense we are on the utterly wrong track.  We are climbing while Jesus is descending, and in that we reflect the pride and the arrogance of Western civilization, usually trying to accomplish, perform, and achieve.  This is our real operative religion.  Success is holy!  We transferred much of that to our version of Christianity and made the Gospel into spiritual consumerism.  The ego is still in charge.  There is not much room left for God when the false self takes itself and its private self-development that seriously.” 

In a LinkedIn-cv-credential mad world, it is refreshing to stop, remember to breathe, and be mindful of what really matters.

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