The subject of the CAC's 2007 year-beginning conference was determined by questions that Richard Rohr had received time and again over the past few years:
How do you hold the tension of these opposites that you talk about on a practical level?
How do you live with your own contradictions and inconsistencies, which have all been multiplied by the contradictions and inconsistencies of our government and our church?
Richard begins this conference with a quote from Gerald May’s book The Wisdom of Wilderness:
God Save me from coping
God help me to join, not separate
Help me to be with and in, not apart from
Show me the way of savoring, not controlling
Dear God, Hear my prayer
Make me forever cope-less
We were never taught to stop, to savor, and to hold our feelings of fear, anger, grief or loneliness. We were taught to get rid of our pain before we learned its lessons. Maybe that’s why wisdom is hard to find in our culture. Richard is joined by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham in unpackaging, on a practical level, the way to hold the tension and learn wisdom from our lives.
Approximate length: 7 hours.Also available as an MP3 download.