Richard Rohr Quotes

Richard Rohr Quotes

  1. “We do not think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
  2. “The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”
  3. “God’s love does not hinge on what we do for God. Rather, it is a free gift, given from the heart of the Divine Lover to the beloved.”
  4. “The most important journey any of us can take is the journey within.”
  5. “We don’t think ourselves into a new way of living. We live ourselves into a new way of thinking.”
  6. “Transformation is not five minutes from now; it’s a present activity. In this moment, you can make a different choice, and it’s these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self-esteem.”
  7. “If you don’t learn to encounter failure, you’ll never learn to take risks.”
  8. “The spiritual journey is not a career or a success story. It is a series of humiliations of the false self that become more and more profound.”
  9. “Love is not something you do; it is someone you are. It is your True Self.”
  10. “The ego is the false self born out of fear and defensiveness.”
  11. “Everything belongs, and no one needs to be scapegoated or excluded.”
  12. “To be a contemplative is to learn to trust deep time and to learn how to rest there and not be wrapped up in chronological time.”
  13. “The soul is a shy animal. It doesn’t respond well to aggression.”
  14. “Prayer is not asking God for what you think you need but asking God to change you so you can become what God wants you to be.”
  15. “Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity; Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.”
  16. “The best way to begin is to begin.”
  17. “The key is to be always willing to give up who you are for who you can become.”
  18. “If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, how to live with ambiguity, how to entrust and wait, you will run…anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing.”
  19. “The only people who pray well are those who keep praying! In fact, continuous prayer unites us with God’s will and allows us to rest in his presence.”
  20. “The Divine Presence is happening in all moments. We do not go to heaven; we learn how to be heavenly right where we are.”
  21. “God is always greater than you imagined, better than you hoped.”
  22. “The true and final basis for our self-worth is not our inner or outer accomplishments but an ever-deeper knowledge of our union with the Infinite Love that created us.”
  23. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
  24. “We do not find our own center; it finds us.”
  25. “Every act of creation is an act of love.”
  26. “The word ‘sin’ is invariably a form of blindness.”
  27. “Mature religion leads us to ever deeper inner experience, but always for the sake of loving and serving the world.”
  28. “Great spirituality teaches us how to move beyond ego and act from the soul for the sake of others.”
  29. “To be a contemplative is to trust deep time.”
  30. “Without silence, there is no music.”
  31. “The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”
  32. “If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.”
  33. “Pain that is not transformed is transmitted.”
  34. “Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change.”
  35. “Love alone overcomes hate. This is an eternal law.”

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