Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and the author of many books including Everything Belongs. He has written widely in the areas of male spirituality, the use of the Enneagram in spiritual direction, and contemplative prayer. Rohr is a regular contributing editor/writer for Sojourners magazine and recently published a seven-part Lenten series in the National Catholic Reporter.
In 1987, Rohr founded The Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which has, over the years, been a training/formation center for discernment and growth for activists and those interested in social service ministries. The articles and meditations in this paperback are from Radical Grace, the Center's newsletter. There are pieces on terrorism and nonstop war, nonviolence, restorative justice, aging, sustainability, art and meditation, and simplicity. Some of the spirituality authors include Daniel Berrigan, Paula D'Arcy, M. Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating, Wayne Teasdale, and Walter Wink.
In a meditation on the battle between his true and false self, Rohr quotes the late Dr. Gerald May: "Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present." Only problem is that our selfish self wants to take center stage and direct the daily movie of our life.
Rohr is thankful for silence and solitude where he can move away from the busyness of many things and focus on what truly matters. In another piece, he writes about prophetic action, and in a third, about the grace that makes us holy. Here he concludes that "authentic religion is more about subtraction than addition, more letting go of the false self than any attempt at engineering a true self. You can't create what you already have."