road narrows

18 Dec

Perhaps the most powerful addiction of all: addiction to our own mental grids.

Oh, this is good grist for our mental mill. So what do you think?

From Rohr…

Contemplation is meeting as much reality as we can handle in its most simple and yes andimmediate form, without filters, judgments, and commentaries. Now you see why it is so rare and, in fact, “the narrow road that few walk on” (Matthew 7:14). The only way you can contemplate is by recognizing and relativizing your own compulsive mental grids—your practiced ways of judging, critiquing, blocking, and computing everything.

This is what we are trying to do by practicing contemplative prayer, and people addicted to their own mind will find contemplation most difficult, if not impossible. Much that is called thinking is simply the ego’s stating of what it prefers and likes—and resistances to what it does not like. Narcissistic reactions to the moment are not worthy of being called thinking. Yet that is much of our public and private discourse.

When your mental judgmental grid and all its commentaries are placed aside, God finally has a chance to get through to you, because your pettiness is at last out of the way. Then Truth stands revealed! You will begin to recognize that we all carry the Divine Indwelling within us and we all carry it equally. That will change your theology, your politics, and your entire worldview. In fact, it is the very birth of the soul.


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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Quotations


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One response to “road narrows

  1. Kristi Harris

    December 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    My mom is a member of the lay order of Carmelites, which means she has dedicated herself to daily contemplative prayer. This quote from Rohr has helped me understand the value of contemplative prayer with more depth. It also helps me see the challenge of it, and why an order was formed to preserve, promote, and pursue it. Of course I want to surrender my own mental grid so I can hear God more clearly, but I am now more aware that it will require greater focus than I had supposed. Thanks as always for all that you share here.


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