Richard Rohr Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old richard rohr quotes, richard rohr sayings, and richard rohr proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Transformed people transform people.     

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Transformation is often more about unlearning then learning.     

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Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.     

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There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it's enough.     

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Change is not what we expect from religious people. They tend to love the past more than the present or the future.     

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The cross solved our problem by first revealing our real problem, our universal pattern of scapegoating and sacrificing others. The cross exposes forever the scene of our crime.     

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Metaphor is the only possible language available to religion because it alone is honest about Mystery.     

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The true mystic is always both humble and compassionate, for she knows that she does not know.     

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Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism or any egoic consciousness.     

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The two Virtues of Equanimity and Compassion become more available to the person whose ego shell has been smashed either by great suffering or by great love or by both.     

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Spirituality is about being ready. All the spiritual disciplines of your life - prayer, study, meditation or ritual, religious vows - are there so you can break through to the eternal. Spirituality is about awakening the eyes, the ears, the heart so you can see what's always happening right in front of you.     

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Every time you choose to love, you have also just chosen to die.     

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Our job as humans is to make admiration of others and adoration of God fully conscious and deliberate.     

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The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator.     

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If this inner and critical voice has kept you safe for many years as your inner voice of authority, you may end up not being able to hear the real voice of God.     

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People inside of belonging systems are very threatened by those who are not within that group. They are threatened by anyone who has found their citizenship in places they cannot control.     

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If you do not transform your pain, you will always transmit it.     

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If the mystery of the Trinity is the template of all reality, what we have in the Trinitarian God is the perfect balance between union and differentiation, autonomy and mutuality, identity and community.     

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