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Richard Rohr's Meditation: Freedom


The primal freedom is the freedom to be who we really and truly are, the freedom to live in our full truth despite all circumstances.

That’s what great religion offers us. That’s what real prayer offers us. That’s why the saints could be imprisoned and not lose their souls. They could be put down and persecuted like Jesus and still not lose their joy, their heart, or their perspective.

Secular freedom is having to do what you want to do. Religious freedom is wanting to do what you have to do.

From Everything Belongs, p. 108

Starter Prayer: “I have come to do your will, O God.”
(Hebrews 10:9)

Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, OFM is the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an international speaker and teacher and is the author of numerous books including, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, and his most recent book, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See. For more information on Fr. Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation, please visit http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/.

Reprinted with permission from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

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