It’s been nearly three years since my introduction to Richard Rohr.
(I know, I was late to the game, but so was Oprah.)
Apart from his Enneagram work, my first exposure to Richard Rohr was his slender 2014 release, Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation. In Silent Compassion, Richard Rohr emphasizes the value of the spiritual practice of silence on the path of contemplation.
“Silence attracts meaning,” Rohr says. “If you stay quiet for a whole hour, it will be hard not to write a poem. In silence everything becomes real. Everything deserves a poem. Silence discloses the fullness of now, instead of always waiting and wanting more, instead of waiting for the next thing, the more exciting thing to happen.”
(Pause for a moment of silence and a breath of fresh air.)
Need I say more? It didn’t take long for Rohr to join the ranks of my treasured Journey Guides and Spiritual Midwives—companions both old and new, near and far, who light the path and lead the way with their own unique inspiration and wisdom as the journey unfolds.