I have quoted Richard Rohr frequently. Here, he actually gives us permission to quote him freely without regards to copyright! I will not abuse the privilege but I will quote him more freely. My main intent today is to sell you on him. He is a tremendous voice for the Christian faith and you can hear from him daily by going to his web-site and signing up. He is very astute and very humble.
“You can catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than a barrel of vinegar,” says Francis de Sales.
Enlightenment cannot be manufactured, manipulated, or delivered on demand. It is always passed on from another. Jesus both claims to be the Light of the World and then says the same for us too! (See John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14-16.) It is surprising that most do not connect these two scriptures. Wisdom is not a do-it-yourself project. It is a mystery of transmission, contagion, and the passing on of life, as Francis de Sales did so well through his many loving messages in very hostile 17th-century Geneva.
I always tell people who ask if they can quote me that if it is true wisdom then I have no copyright to it. I learned it from someone else. If it is true wisdom it is always “common domain.”
Enlightenment is not about knowing as much as it is about unknowing; it is not so much learning as unlearning. It is more about entering a vast mystery than arriving at a mental certitude. Enlightenment knows that grace is everywhere, and the only reasonable response is a grateful heart and the acknowledgment that there is more depth and meaning to everything. A too quick and easy answer is invariably a wrong one.
Rohr understands that faith involves going beyond ideology, even “sacred” ideology and seeking the truth that lies beyond mere words. For example, the term “jesus” is far removed from the experience of “Jesus.” Or, as the Buddhists say, “The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.”
Now if I can only humbly learn to practice what I here preach.