Richard Rohr, O.F.M. once again has put into words the wisdom from his lectures on the Twelve Steps ."Breathing Under Water" is a must-read for any person who recognizes the need to go inward on their soul s journey to question what their relationship is with God, themselves, and others. The author guides us on a journey that begins with a powerlessness or being shipwrecked on a deserted island. It is God s greatest surprise and constant disguise. We always want to be the manager of our lives. But God makes sure that several things will come our way that we cannot manage on our own. We learn from this experience that all mature spirituality is about letting go.
In those moments of desperate desiring, we come to believe a power greater than ourselves leads us on our journey, which becomes a trust walk. This is a time of gradually letting go and handing over so that we can be open to God s healing touch. This touch penetrates different levels of trust and creates right relationships with people we love and whose presence is part of our lives. The tenacity of faith and hope comes from the heart to be broken, and broken open, to have a heart open for others. .
What "Breathing Under Water" comes to be is an understanding that those people who have undergone suffering and pain come up to be a compassionate people, loved by God, to be there for others experiencing a similar challenge in life. Rohr summarizes that a graced moment from God is when the suffering people can love and trust a suffering God, and through this deep transformation, will save and be there for one another.--Paula J. Scraba, PhD., "The Cord""show more