I’m reading Richard Rohr’s recent mainstream classic, Everything Belongs. He’s sort of the other Brennan Manning, a Franciscan monk with a mystical bent, but also dripping with a “theology of the cross” train of thought (note: for what it’s worth, I know a few folk personally who have been helped tremendously by Rohr).

Here are a few nice quotes:

“How do you make attractive that which is not? How do you sell nonsuccess? How do you talk descent when everything is about ascent? How do you talk about dying to a church trying to appear perfect? This is not going to work (admitting this might be my first step).”

“First there is the fall, and then there is the recovery from the fall. But both are the mercy of God.”

“The great and merciful surprise is that we come to God not by doing it right but by doing it wrong!”

“Although we have a ‘merit badge’ mentality, prayer shows us that we are actually ‘punished’ by any expectation of merit and reward…Experiencing radical grace is like living in another world.”

On Transformation:

“But law does not give life; only the Spirit gives life, as Paul details in Romans and Galatians…When a student comes and says, ‘Should I pull out the weeds?’ Jesus says, ‘No.’ He says to let them both grow together until the harvest (Matt 13:29). Then, at the end of time, he will decide what is wheat and what is weed. This idea has had little effect on Western moral theology. But we are a mixture of weed and wheat and we always will be. As Luther put is, simul justus et peccator…The only true perfection available to us is the honest acceptance of our imperfection.”