Center for Christian Spirituality

by Chris Hardman 

I am trying out a new name. I have decided to call the Center for Trinitarian Spirituality the Center for Christian Spirituality. The word Trinitarian has been confusing to some people. The fact is that while most "Christian" Spirituality is not Trinitarian, it should be. The Doctrine of the Trinity has been the official way we have understood God since the 4th century. Granted, it has not been what people have heard in the pews, but I think that is changing.

I would like to make an addition of five books by Richard Rohr to our Christian Spirituality library. Rohr, a Franciscan, is one of the most prolific writers of our time as well as a leader in helping people understand the implications of following a God who is "three persons in one Love."

I was first introduced to Richard in the early 1990's. I found this marvelous teaching series called Gospel Attitudes. It was a wonderful small group series focused on the Beatitudes in Matthew's Gospel with a strong video component. Richard was one of the key theologians that would come on the video and explain various biblical concepts. Even then I could tell he had something important to say. As far as I know, he had not written anything at that time, but he did have a bunch of audio tapes. His Franciscan brothers have often said that Richard does not have an "un-taped thought."

The five books we are adding are titles I would recommend to anyone; they are at the core of a Trinitarian Spirituality.

Everything Belongs (2003): This book is Rohr's take on how contemplative prayer brings us into a new world of unity.

Things Hidden (2008): I am a Bible fan, and this book made me a bigger Bible fan. This book helps one find the core of God's message of love. This is the heart of the Bible that has often been overlooked.

The Naked Now (2009): If you want to learn how the Christian Mystics discovered a God of love and how that changed everything, this is the book. The subtitle is: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

Falling Upward (2011): Rohr helps one see that we have two important tasks in life. We have to develop our own unique sense of self-discovering our gifts and talents along with those things we don't do so well. Then, we have to reconnect with the world around us in ways that create greater unity.

Eager To Love (2014): In this book Rohr helps us understand St. Francis and how the Franciscan tradition has kept Jesus' message of love alive.

Richard Rohr's books are easy to read and very engaging. He does tend to talk in a circular manner sometimes, but that just helps you understand what he is trying to say.

This fall Richard's new book on the Trinity called The Divine Dance will be published. Our Wednesday Adult Class will review that book.