Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Facing The Enemy

"Conversion, the movement toward the Lord, is a process of disenchantment with the ego, recognizing how truly afraid and poor it is. The only way people can ever be freed from their fears is to be freed from themselves. There is almost a complete correlation between the amount of fear in our lives and the amount of attachment we have to ourselves. The person who is beyond fear has given up the need to control or possess. That one says, I am who I am in God's eyes—nothing more, nothing less. I don't need to impress you because I am who I am, and not who you think I am—or who I think I am.

That's what the Pauline theology of Baptism is saying: You have died, you're dead (Romans 6:3-5). In Christ you don't need the false self. You have faced the enemy once and for all and, guess what? It's you!"

~Richard Rohr in Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction
This was yesterday's quote from Richard Rohr but I opened the email tonight. How fitting. I sit here trying my best to not let fear run rampant and jump start me into controlling behaviour in order to soothe myself. God help me.

3 comments:

HeyJules said...

I'm right there with ya, sister.

Anonymous said...

"The person who is beyond fear has given up the need to control or possess."

Yup, I need to print this out and put it in a strategic location to remind me.

"I sit here trying my best to not let fear run rampant and jump start me into controlling behaviour in order to soothe myself."

Oh boy, me too. Thanks for that, Hope.
Mich

daisydreamer said...

God help us all!