It comes down to this: when we see things in a unitive way, in conscious union with the eyes of God, what we see is qualitatively different. Basically, it is no longer self-referential but very expansive seeing, and this changes everything. The right energy comes forth when it is not “all about you.” Then a larger presence, an inner vitality, shines through your very words and actions–and this ends up becoming the core message itself!

The motivation, meaning, and inherent energy of any action come from its ultimate source, which is the person’s foundational and core vantage point…. There is a very different kind of seeing from a person who has remained lovingly and consciously connected to the Source (God, Jesus, our Higher Power) than from mere self-interest and its small lens.

from Richard Rohr, Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi,
pp. 61-62, 64-65, 80


Again and again Pope Francis reminds us that we’re to go out to meet people where they are, not wait for them to come to church. And we can’t wait at the top while people struggle on the way up. We need to join them on the journey. We need to bring Christ to them on the way.

-from Pope Francis and our Call to Joy