“There are two moments that matter. One is when you know that your one and only life is absolutely valuable and alive. The other is when you know your life, as presently lived, is entirely pointless and empty. You need both of them to keep you going in the right direction. Lent is about both. The first such moment gives you energy and joy by connecting you with your ultimate Source and Ground. The second gives you limits and boundaries, and a proper humility, so you keep seeking the Source and Ground and not just your small self.”
Thus starts Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent by Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (also available in Spanish as Encuentros Maravillosos: Sagrada escrura para cuaresma). Father Richard invites us to self-disclosure and to enter the wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight and holy desire! He offers us brief reflections for every day of Lent to help us in our transformation into our original “image and likeness,” which is the very image of God.
Individuals and small faith groups will find especially appealing the free Wondrous Encounters study guide that allows you to step outside the pages of Wondrous Encounters every week of Lent and look within yourself. The nine components in each Lenten week’s session—Scripture, Prayer, Reflection, Silent Encounter, Points to Ponder, Encountering the Earth, Almsgiving, Final Blessing, and Encountering the Word—will become a valuable and indispensable resource for your Lenten journey. The study guide also provides tips for facilitating a small group.
During a live webcast on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9:00 to 10:30 MST (Albuquerque time), Richard Rohr, founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will speak about how to experience Lent in a deeper and more intentional way through Wondrous Encounters. You can register now for the Feb. 5 webcast.
In “Lent: Learning From God” (St. Anthony Messenger magazine, February 2011), you will find Father Richard’s reflections for the Sundays of Lent, excerpted from his book Wondrous Encounters.
Available for individuals or for bulk purchase for your parish or faith group for Lent are Catholic Update “Wondrous Encounters: Day by Day Through Lent” and Catholic Update en Español “Encuentros Maravillosos: Día a Día por la Cuaresma” (both February 2011).
Father Richard and six others will blog here at American Catholic Blog during Lent, with Father Richard leading off Lent with a blog on Ash Wednesday. Each week following there will be a guest blogger who will share his or her Wondrous Encounter.
Richard Rohr considers the proclamation of the gospel to be his primary call, and some related themes he addresses include eco-spirituality, Scripture as liberation, non-dual thought, the integration of action and contemplation, peace and justice issues, and male spirituality. Author of numerous books, including Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality and Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr: Daily Meditations for Advent, he gives retreats and lectures internationally. He is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines.
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