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The existential gap between the Divine Reality and our Human Condition is closed only through the union of the Human and the Divine in Jesus Christ. And in the closing of that gap, we find our True Self.
When we reduce Jesus to simply a historical figure, then we miss out on the greater understanding of the universal Christ in whom we all live, and move, and have our being.
If your religion does not transform your consciousness to one of compassion, it is more of a problem than a solution.
One of the great falsehoods of the False Self is the individuality of the self – that each of us is wholly unique, special, superior, and self-adequate
The false self is the “trappings of the ego that we all use to get us through an ordinary day.” It is the identifying characteristics you share when meeting someone for the first time.
The discovery of our True Self is found in our discovery of the Kingdom of Heaven as described by Jesus.
Rohr speaks to us on Easter morning, in the light of the Resurrection of Christ in which death and evil and victimhood are left behind and a new, transformed, and resurrected creation has arisen.
This book is about transformation and how the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is not simply a historical event, but, more importantly, is a present reality in which we can participate.
In our striving to obtain whatever we believe will give contentment and happiness, we will lose that contentment and happiness. We will never obtain enough to bring us the happiness that we ultimately seek.
The Speaker is concerned with our making promises to God (i.e. vows) that we cannot satisfy. It is better not to vow at all than to vow and not fulfill. Thus the Speaker tells us that vows are not to be taken lightly or inadvisably.
When the Speaker addresses oppression, he simply describes the situation with no contemporaneous recognition of any role that he could play to address the oppression that he sees.
The Speaker finds great value in companionship. Two are better than one in their endeavors and for support, warmth, and protection. In vv.9-12, the Speaker extols the goodness of having a companion.