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A Continuing Discussion of Fr. Richard Rohr’s Book
Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

By Richard Rohr 


Discussion Facilitator: Peg Pipchick


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ  07960


“…in my opinion, this first-half-of-life task is no more than finding the starting gate.  It is merely the warm-up act, not the full journey.  It is the raft but not the shore.  If you realize that there is a further journey, you might do the warm-up act quite differently, which would better prepare you for what follows.  People at any age must know about the whole arc of their life and where it is tending and leading.” 

                                   Fr. Richard Rohr, Falling Upward


Fr. Richard Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of life’s most   profound mysteries:  how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth.  Drawing on the wisdom of time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers and sacred religious texts, he explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.”  We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.  With rare insight, Rohr takes us on a journey to give us an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and weaknesses of life can actually be stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.

In leading this second discussion of the book, Peg Pipchick will concentrate on Chapter 7 – Home and Homesickness, Chapter 10 - A Bright Sadness, and  Chapter 12 - New Problems and New Directions.


A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, Fr. Richard Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986.  He is the author of more than 20 books.  An internationally known speaker, he is also well known for his numerous recorded teachings on such themes as adult Christian spirituality, Scripture as liberation, male spirituality, politics and spirituality, nature, and interfaith dialogue.


 
VOTF NJ 2015 Retreat
The True Self


Presented by Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
Morristown, NJ  07960

 

 

 
"Know thyself" is a plea that has stirred human questing ever since it is claimed that Socrates challenged his followers to do so thousands of years ago.  But what is our true self, and how can we approach it and embrace it in our time - with the insights that have been given to us in our age, especially in the area of holistic spirituality?  During our time together we will reflect on this fascinating question especially in the light of what science tells us today about our fundamental interconnectedness, about the unfathomable Mystery to which even the most sophisticated scientific research must yield, about universal consciousness and the broadening of human awareness and the effects our intentionality has on the environment.

More here.

Video here.

Registration information here.
 

 


FYI
 

Protecting Children

Robert Hoatson, member of VOTF NJ Coordinating Committee, speaks at a press conference hosted by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee to announce the filing of a case against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in East Hanover.
 

Advocates seek Vatican Inquiry of Newark Archbishop


In what might be the first formal complaint to a new Vatican tribunal, an advocacy group for clergy sexual abuse victims on Wednesday called for an investigation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers and his handling of child molestation cases spanning three decades.

Eight members of Catholic Whistleblowers, a national group of church reformists, said they would be filing an 80-page document detailing Myers' actions in various cases in Newark and at his former diocese in Peoria, Illinois. On Wednesday, they hand-delivered a copy of their grievances to Myers' spokesman at the Newark chancery and said they would send another to the Vatican's top U.S. diplomat in the coming days. Learn more
  
Read National Catholic Reporter's coverage here. And Crux coverage here


 

 



VOTF Is Preparing for the Pope's Visit Here

We aim to cut through the buzz around Pope Francis' September U.S. visit to deliver important messages about the need for healing, the need for reform, and the needs of lay Catholics.

So, we're extending him a special invitation. You can get a sneak peek- we hope to place the ad in the National Catholic Reporter special edition for the Pope's visit.


 

VOTF Is Going to Rome for the SYNOD


 

We're going to Rome! Or to be more accurate, VOTF president Mark Mullaney will carry to Rome in October 2015 YOUR VOICES on family life.

The occasion, of course, is the Synod of Bishops XIV Ordinary General Assembly, on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. Preparations have led to lengthy, theology-laden questionnaires as well as interpretive surveys and revised questionnaires in response to the official 46-question "lineamenta."

We think the Vatican would be better served by asking two simple questions of real families living in today's world. So we are asking those questions, and inviting you to reply.

Your answers will be printed as-is, packaged together, and then sent to Rome with Mark in October. He will deliver your answers to the the General Secretary for the Synod of Bishops and to the media assembled there for the event.

To bring your messages, we need your voices. During the summer, we are collecting input on the same two questions we asked at the Assembly. Just click this link, complete the short questionnaire, and then click Submit.



 

Voice of the Faithful National Assembly

 
VOTFNJ members, Beatrice "Bunny"  Mondare and Robert Hoatson attended the national assembly held in Hartford on April 18th.  Bunny reported on the Keynote Speaker Marie Collin's presentation. Marie is a member of Vatican's special commission on clergy sexual abuse. She is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse herself and believes some bishops must be removed from office. Learn more. Read more about the Assembly here.


'50 Shades of Grey' is about abuse of power, not sex
by Robert M. Hoatson in National Catholic Reporter, February 26, 2015

Bob is President and Founder of Road to Recovery and a VOTFNJ Coordinating Team Member.

Editorial/OpEd

by Kenneth E. Lasch, Father Lasch Personal Website, February 25, 2015

 

RCWP Ordains 7 Womenpriests in Morristown

See video here.

To read more news from VOTF NJ's Monthly Update,  THE VOICE,  click here.

 


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