Do We Abuse Religion 1/2/13

It’s been awhile since my last post  but my husband and I are still enjoying some family time back in Wisconsin.  Yes, it would make more sense to visit in the summer but our grandson had his 2nd birthday in December!

This past week in our newsletter Richard Rohr spoke about religion that it isn’t often not a transformation of consciousness but merely a belonging system. We can think of a lot of groups where we just “belong” without it transforming our consciousness but is our religious system one of them?  This fifteen or so minute clip of the CD Way of Peace gives a lot of food for thought. A quote that I’ve heard before but it still hit home in an uncomfortable way is, “Every religion in the world knows that Jesus taught, lived and died ‘non-violently’ except for one…. guess which one,” Ghandi. How have we gotten this so wrong?

There are lots of people who are preaching or speaking about what it means to be a Christian, many of them make a lot of money by what they say and what they sell. We as a society often buy into this “get rich scheme” if only ….. than…..  so if I just follow the ways of this group, church, religion than….I should be all set – right? We then often times end up worshiping this group but not truly following the true message.  St. Francis stated, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.” We often need reminders get rid of our ego, look for that spacious silence and truly meditate and pray? Just like Rohr often states, “Everything belongs, just allow it, forgive it and let it be.”

It’s easy to follow a prescribed methodology of any one church or religion but to personalize it, live it, look deep into ourselves is where it gets tough. Our actions need to reflect our belief system which if you are like me, I need daily reminders to let things go, realize that everything does belong and not to hide behind a convenient set of rules and beliefs.

If you get a chance to listen to this portion of the CD, please let me know what you think.

Peace

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