Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Like so many of you, I search diligently for rest in the world of today.
Every morning my searching is guided by the daily reflection offered from the soul of Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Priest. I share with you this day my edited version of one of his recent meditations:
–Every day, more and more people are facing the catastrophe of extreme weather.
–The neurotic news cycles incite hatred, sow discord, and amplify the daily chaos.
–The pandemic that seems to be returning in waves, continues to wreak suffering and disorder with no end in sight. –There is no guarantee of the future in an economy designed to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and those subsisting at the margins of society.
It’s no wonder the mental and emotional health among a large portion of the American population is in tangible decline. We have abandoned any sense of truth. As the poet W.B. Yeats wrote:“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer.”
God cannot abide with us in a place of fear.
God cannot abide with us a place of ill will or hatred.
God cannot abide with us inside a nonstop volley of claim and counterclaim. God cannot speak inside of so much angry noise and conscious deceit.
God cannot be found when all sides are so far from “the Falconer.”
God cannot be born except in a womb of Love.
So offer God that womb.
If you will allow me, says Richard Rohr, I recommend for your spiritual practice for the next four months that you impose a moratorium on how much news you are subject to. It will only tear you apart, and away from Divine Truth. Instead, use this time for mystical reading from the masters, and prayer.
“You have much to gain now, and nothing to lose. Nothing at all. And the world – with you as a stable center – has nothing to lose. And everything to gain.” – Richard Rohr, September 19, 2020