On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., we will gather in the conference room at St. Matthew School to discuss Father Richard Rohr’s new book, FALLING UPWARD–A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.
In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity–climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further personal journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control, and necessary suffering that shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. The message of “falling down”–that is in fact moving upward–is the most resisted messages in the world’s religions, especially Christianity. Father Rohr offers a new understanding: our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. He takes us on a journey of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us. We begin to see that, as we grow older, we are being awakened to deep, simple, and mysterious things we simply could not see when we were younger.
Please contact Sister Jean directly or by e-mail before Oct. 23 to register for this discussion.