Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Fr. Rohr “offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from tie-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and sacred religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.” We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.

With rare insight, Rohr, takes us on a journey to give us an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.” (1)

In His Own Words

“Our mature years are characterized by a kind of bright sadness and a sober happiness… There is still darkness in the second half of life—in fact maybe even more. But there is now a changde capacity to hold it creatively and with less anxiety.” ~From Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (p. 117)

“In the second half of life all that you avoided for the sake of a manufactured ego ideal starts coming back as a true friend and teacher. Doers become thinkers, feelers become doers, thinkers become feelers, extroverts become introverts, visionaries become practical, and the practical ones long for vision.” ~From Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (p. 148-149)

“There must be, and if we are honest, there always will be at least one situation in our lives that we cannot fix, control, explain, change, or even understand.” ~From Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (p. 69)

“You will and you must” lose at something. This is the only way that life-faith-god-grace-mystery can get you to change, let go of your ego-centric preoccupations, and go on the further and larger journey.” ~From Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (p. 65-66)

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Father Richard Rohr “Falling Upward”
The Art Of Letting Go And Forgiveness

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