Title: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FORMED?
In this second talk Fr. Richard Rohr believes that being formed in the Biblical Tradition would be better described as a reformation: being reformed into your original identity in God. This growth in holiness is really a process of letting go or conversion. It is letting go of all the things we have created ourselves to be. Thomas Merton has called it the false self. Movement in formation must be toward relationship: ìGod comes to you disguised as your life.î God comes to us through the Incarnation. Every human being has one thing in common and that is the mystery of life and death. We call it the Paschal Mystery. Seeing God in our lives is where the transformation must take place. The question is not worthiness, the question is your capacity for mercy and surrender into Godís life. He describes the two processes of tranformation: the process or path of suffering and the process or path of prayer. Once you find God in all things you become indestructible. Jesus said to abide in me as I abide in you, this self will bear much fruit. The false self cannot rest, nor can the false self know joy. Happiness is an inside job and there is nothing that can destroy such a self. This is what the gospel offers you - the pearl of great price - to share with others.
Media ID: 13009
Length: 60 Min.
Publisher: National Association Of Diaconate Directors
Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult