Richard Rohr, O.F.M. (b.1943) is an American Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. He is the Founder and Director of the Living School for Action and Contemplation
, in Albuquerque, and has written many tracts on religion.
I have been especially struck by his emphasis on the 'blessing
' we, and indeed all creation, are from a loving God.
He points out that too often Christianity emphasizes negative aspects of our relationship with God (eg sin); that we are 'intrinsically disordered' from the word go. That it is like a vacuum cleaner salesman first pouring dirt on your floor so that he can show you how well his little Hoover works. Creation did not start with a foundational problem!
I am an ever-evolving blessing from God. My personal spiritual life should be a growing and ever-deepening realization of this on my part, rather than concentrating on negative influencess from outside myself. During my life, unfortunately, I have been influenced by institutions outside myself stressing that I am imperfect and sinful from birth and must be 'saved' from Original Sin and its consequences. That salvation depends on a constant avoiding of falling into an abyss (Hell).
My spiritual life should concentrate on my own inner experience of myself as an evolving 'blessing' and not as 'intrinsically disordered'. The Scriptures, the life and teachings of Christ, the Commandments, the Sacraments, and a better understanding of the Universe around me are, of course, great helps and supports to me on my spiritual journey.