The “Holy Fool” – Father Richard Rohr

The “holy fool” is the final stage of the full human journey. Maybe this is what Jesus meant when he said, “It is those who become like little children who will enter the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 18:3). Jesus, in his frequent allusion to children, was in his own way describing this final stage of life. We return to that early childhood, as it were, running naked and exposed into the great room of life and death. “I am who I am who I am” now. God has accepted me in my most naked being, and I can now give it all back to God exactly as it is with conscious loving trust that it will be received. What else would God want?

Adapted from The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis

Father Richard Rohr

Stop. Praying. – Dr. R. Scott Colglazier

What a blessing it was to discover the writings of Dr. Colglazier.  Shortly after the first of the year, my Mother asked for assistance in getting signed up for his blog.  She explained that my Father would print out entries from the “Take a BREATH” blog while he was still living on this side of life.  Reading from my Father’s favorite theologians gives me comfort.  While most of Dr. Colglazier’s entries have spoken to me – this is one of my favorites.  I hope you find meaning in it as well. Peace be with you.


February 21, 2013

A little suggestion . . . for a week or so forget about saying prayers or praying for others or praying for yourself or praying for world peace or even sending prayers of thanksgiving up into the sky and straight to the heart of God.

Instead, consider for a few days that how you treat other people is a kind of prayer. In fact, a real prayer to God. That the prayer you live is more powerful than the prayer you pray, and how you treat others is more revealing than any composition of words you call prayer.

If you feel grateful for another human being, then show them, tell them, and affirm their worth to you. If you’re grateful to God for the gift of life, then make life better for another person, including living with a little more joy yourself. If you care about the broken, the hungry or the hurting of this world, instead of saying a prayer about it, find a broken or hungry or hurting person and help them. Instead of praying to God about forgiveness, forgive someone. Instead of praying for someone in the hospital, go and visit them or send them a note.

Take a Breath today. The inclination to pray is such a good one, and I find myself praying more and more these days, but there are many ways of praying. Not the least of which is becoming more aware of how we treat others.