Wednesday, January 4, 2012

To Live Simply

Richard Rohr is an incredible modern day mystic. He has a gift of speaking the truth in simple yet profound ways. He is truly courageous. Part of the ability to pay attention (one suggested GL new year's resolution) is in living simply. This topic seems to continually come up in our discussions as harried mothers. Friar Rohr sent this meditation out today that speaks to just this thing.

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Prayer: Teach me to live simply.

"Living in the second half of life, I no longer have to prove that I or my group is the best, that my ethnicity is superior, that my religion is the only one that God loves, or that my role and place in society deserve superior treatment. I am not preoccupied with collecting more goods and services; quite simply, my desire and effort—every day—is to pay back, to give back to the world a bit of what I have received. I now realize that I have been gratuitously given to–from the universe, from society, and from God. I try now, as Elizabeth Seton said, “to live simply so that others can simply live.”

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