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- Publisher: St Anthony Messenger Press,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 80 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 162mm x 10mm | 100g
- Publication date: 1 March 2014
- Publication City/Country: Cincinnati
- ISBN 10: 1616367571
- ISBN 13: 9781616367572
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 62,971
Richard Rohr was selected as one of a small group of world renowned experts on contemplative practice and compassion to speak at the Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion event in Louisville, Ky., in mid-May 2013, that featured His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Franciscan friar served as the principle Christian presence others represented Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism to speak on the search for God in contemplation, which leads to action that benefits humanity. His role as the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation made him a fitting and powerful speaker on the subject. In "Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation," Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence, and shares that the divine silence is more than the absence of noise. That silence has a life of its own, in which we are invited into its living presence, wholeness of being, and peace it brings. This silence can absorb paradoxes, contradictions, and the challenges of life, he says, connecting us with the great chain of being. Rohr adds that while different faiths use different languages and different words, all major religions have come at the mystery of God as a dynamic flow God as communion, God as relationships. Silence then becomes that common place for all. This book will inspire you and show that the peace of contemplation is not something just for monks, mystics, and those divorced from the worries of the world, but rather for all people who can quiet their own mind to listen in the silence."
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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and thePerennial Tradition.He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of theCenter for Action and Contemplation (CAC)in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplation and lived"kenosis"(self-emptying), expressing itself inradical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including"Everything Belongs, Adam s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water," "Falling Upward," "Immortal Diamond, "and"Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi."Fr. Richard is academic Dean of theLiving School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's placewithin the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings.Visitcac.orgfor more information."
By entering into the silence that is common to all, we encounter the source beyond all stories, and come forth with greater compassion, enhanced abilities for non-dual thought, patience, and unshakable hope. We come to know that none of the models put forth in a culture s myths, including our own, are truth. That being the case, why should we argue? This silence, writes Richard Rohr, can absorb paradoxes, contradictions and the challenges of life. In it, we meet God and experience the indwelling presence for ourselves. Rohr is a Franciscan priest, teacher, noted author, and founder and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He writes that any systematic teaching of contemplation has been lost to the Western churches for most of five centuries Even Catholic contemplative religious orders stopped teaching it to their own members, which was quite a loss indeed. The result has been discord and division among Christians. Rohr declares that the Sunday service alone seldom leads people on deeper or even real journeys. Yet, we are told to keep coming back---that if we do, we ll eventually get it. But we don t, because those in charge haven t got it either. What is needed today, according to Rohr, are living models of the contemplative mind. Whenever you see a movement into solitude or hermitage or quiet or any kind of aloneness, you know you have non-dual contemplative consciousness emerging, he writes. Rohr s book gives an honest, and sometimes surprising, look at the richness of an inner life nourished by compassionate silence. "Foreword Reviews""