Father Richard Rohr's writings and homilies have been a great blessing to me. Falling Upward is the latest book that I have read and it was one of the best. He heads up the Center for Action and Contemplation.
He is not without critics. But the people who criticize him also criticize the current Pope so he is in good company.
That Jesus guy was criticized a lot, too.
The thing about Rohr is that he makes you think.
And he doesn't disparage people who come to conclusions different from his. So that is pretty telling.
I encourage people of all faiths and denominations to have a listen to Fr. Rohr.
This book focuses on the second half of life spirituality. And that isn't chronologically decided.
People who have gone through a falling, and realized that they are completely in the hands of God, have given up the pursuits of the me me me me me me and focus on God, they are in the second half of their spiritual life.
What does it mean to be an elder?
A wise elder?
I have known some very young (chronologically) people who are spiritual elders. Likewise, I have known many chronologically elder people who are spiritually young.
Where do I fall?
Well, another thing about Fr. Rohr is that he encourages us to get away from dualistic thinking...and so along those very lines, I think that I would have to be in the second half sometimes, but in the first half sometimes and probably, sadly, more in the first half than the second half...
But I have to keep trying, right? Have to keep trying! And Rohr is a good guide.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.