“I knew my faith, and its practices were consoling me in ways nothing else could, but in time I would see that there was more happening than that—that a deposit of grace was building in my soul, even in the midst of my sorrow, which would, in due season, roll the stone away from my heart and release rays of resurrection joy.”
-from Who Does He Say You Are?
From God Sees the Whole, We See in Parts by Richard Rohr
[E]ventually we must move from exclusively trying to solve our problems to knowing that we can never fully resolve them, but only learn from them. Sometimes, we can only forgive our imperfections and neuroses, embrace them, and even “weep” over them (which is not to hate them!). This is very humbling for the contemporary… individual. As Carl Jung writes, “the greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. system. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.”
Only an in-depth spirituality can fully accept the paradox of our flawed humanity, indwelled by God’s presence, where both light and dark are allowed and used by God…. We grow through necessary conflicts and tensions….
The movement… to the full spiritual self will initially feel like a loss of power. And indeed it is for the ego! But for the True Self, it is actually the rediscovery of an authentic and original power, where human clay meets divine breath (Genesis 2:7).
All sin is merely disordered love, which is searching for a pure and true love. God is very patient with us while we learn how to really love. As we integrate and forgive [our former selves], life gradually looks very different. Life becomes many shades of pastel instead of just several primary colors. We finally see what we have never dared look at before. This is the birth of compassion.
“Two things you discover when you’re older and wiser — you’re not actually any wiser, and behind the wrinkles, you’re not any older, either.”
Robert Brault, American writer