Last night, a small group met to kick off our 2018 Lenten Study. We had an informal discussion over a great meal. In case you missed it, here are some take-aways:
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Up until about 18 years ago I spent alot of time and energy looking in the wrong direction. my focus for the most part was looking ahead or Behind - rather than.upward and inward . Once my focus shifted inward, my self observations of my highly programed and reactive personality came to light. Once I looked upward I did not find anxiety . I found freedom and an.odd excitment about being a light seeker. But this was coupled with grief over behaviors which had not served me or others well. Richard asks us / me to not " jump over grief". The only way out is thru. Light always awaits me.
WEEK FOUR PROMPT - Fearless Moral Inventory
"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." - Brene' Brown
Thank you for participating in this Lenten Study Group. If you haven't had a chance to read the comments from the first three weeks, follow the link below to check it out.
In the lesson from the fourth Sunday of Lent, Richard Rohr explains that our lack of self-knowledge can lead to blind spots. Our inability to see clearly can interfere with our opportunity to connect with other people and with God.
The lessons encourage us to do a "fearless moral inventory". Rohr explains that we must "... bring our shames and our denial into the light, or they will kill us from within."
Have you been able to do what Rohr calls "shadow work" to bring your self-deceptions into the light? What do you find difficult about self discovery?
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During Lent, as a congregation, we will read Richard Rohr's book, Wondrous Encounters. This page provides a space for program participants to have a conversation about the daily readings. Each Monday, I will post a prompt or question. Please respond by filing out the form on the right side of the page. I will post your comment here as soon as I can. Also, take some time to read the comments of others. Please join us on Friday, March 23rd, 6pm at Trinity Church for dinner and discussion about this journey we have taken together.
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