(HT: google for Fr. Richard Rohr)
For the last couple of years, I’ve done a Tuesday is for Thomas (Merton). It’s time for a little change. I’m moving from one good writer/thinker/spiritual director to another. From Merton, to Rohr.
While I know that there is a whole host of readers who are familiar with Rohr, I’m sure there are others who are not. My hope is that over the course of the next bit of time, you too will be able to come to appreciate what I’ve come to experience with Fr. Richard.
So, here we go: Those at the Edge Hold the Secret
Those at the edge, ironically, always hold the secret for the conversation of every age and culture. They always hold the projected and denied parts of our soul, the parts of ourselves we are ashamed of, that we hate and deny–that we are afraid of in ourselves. Only as the People of God receive the stranger and the leper, those who don’t play our game, do we discover not only the hidden and hated parts of our own souls, but the Lord Jesus himself. That’s how we say, “Come, Lord Jesus.” In letting go, we make room for the Other. The Church is always converted when the outcasts are reinvited into the temple.