Saturday, May 9, 2015

Colleagues List, May 10th, 2015

Vol. X.  No. 39



Wayne A. Holst, Editor
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Colleagues List Web Site:

"Quicklinks" are included with many items
at the beginning of this issue. To get a more
complete picture, however, scroll down to
find your special selection in the body of
the blog.


Dear Friends:

Last September 21st's Colleagues List
issue featured Richard's Rohr's book
"Eager to Love - the Alternative Way of 
St. Francis of Assisi."

That issue earned more than 3,000 hits,
and remains a record for my CL blog.

This week, I am pleased to introduce
the latest book by Richard Rohr:

"What the Mystics Know:
  Seven Pathways to your Deeper Self"

It is a summary of his 25 years of writing
in one comprehensive and well-presented

I hope you will enjoy reading about it.


Colleague Contributions - this week are from:

Jim Taylor (Okanagan BC) who writes about -
"Emotional Pain"

Martin Marty (Chicago IL) who presents -
"Bible Society Museum"

Harry Winter (St. Paul MN) who considers -
"Witnessing to Muslims"

It is an ecumenical approach worth reading

Ron Rolheiser (San Antonio TX) who reflects on -
"Evolution's Ultimate Wisdom"

For more detail, please scroll down.


Net Notes - here are ten web items appearing
this week and worth considering -

"A Violent Sorting Out" - an analysis of the
Current Mid-East Conflict by Michael Landis,
Specialist. Very helpful (Christian Century)  (also)

"Pope Seeks Way Out of Wilderness
  for Middle East Churches in Conflict"
  (The Tablet, UK)

"How to Remember Dachau" Seventy Years
  After Liberation -  there is value in revisiting.
  My last stop there was in 1967 (America)

"Major Regime Change in Alberta" - History
  was made in Alberta this week as the
  Conservative government, in office for
  44 years, fell dramatically to a socialist
  surge led by Rachel Notley of the New
  Democrats (Metro, CBC, Globe and Mail)

"Forgotten Voices of War Crying Out" -
  We Grow Immune to Hearing, says
 Joan Chittister (National Catholic Reporter)

"Liberating All Beings from Suffering" - and
  that includes women (Sightings)

"Understanding Islam Key to Gospel Witness" -
 old friend Gordon Nickel with a doctorate
 (Calgary) in Qur'anic studies, writes from an
 evangelical perspective. He differs somewhat
 from Harry Winter, above on the meaning of
 dialogue with Islam (Christian Week online)

"Attempts to Save Christian History from ISIS" -
  ancient artifacts are at risk from radical Islam 
  and we must do something about it now
  (Christianity Today)

"Welcoming the Young to Mainline Congregations"-
  seven suggestions to consider from evangelical
  blogger Rachel Held Evans (via Sojourners)

"'In Flander's Fields' - Canada's War Poem
   Turns 100"  - who does not know this famous
   poem? but here is some background on the 
   manicured American battle cemetery in
   Belgium that Marlene and I visited seven   
   years ago (Yahoo News)

"Nepal's Christians Return to Worship
  After Earthquake - here is the story from
  a Catholic perspective (UCA News) 


Wisdom of the Week -

Comes to us via Sojourner and Bruderhof online:

Saint Teresa of Avila, Roman Emperor Julian,
Virginia Woolf, Philip Yancey, Cyprian of Carthage,
Angela Y. Davis and Henri Nouwen

Please scroll down to read them.


On This Day -

Provided from the Archives
of the New York Times:

"Mandela Becomes S. Africa's First Black President"

"US National Guard Kill 4 Kent State Students"

"Wounded Knee Native Occupation Ends"

"Germany Surrenders Unconditionally
  to End WWII in Europe"


Closing Thought - Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Scroll to the end of the blog to read this. 


Want to keep up with our Adult Ministry
Program at St. David's Calgary?

Our Fall Program Planning Begins -
Autumn 2015 Adult Spiritual Development
ACTS Ministry Programs at St. David's United
and at the University of Calgary

Scroll to the end of the blog, please.



Book Notice -

Seven Pathways to
Your Deeper Self,
by Richard Rohr

The Crossroad Publishing Company
New York. Released May, 2015
155 pages. $17.25 CAD.
ISBN #978-0824520397

Publisher's Promo:

Drawing from the best and most poetic
of Richard Rohr’s essays from nearly a
quarter of a century, each chapter in this
new collection examines one of the seven
core mystical truths. Organized according
to the mystical paths that every worshiper
must follow, Rohr identifies the despair of
everyday life, promotes opportunities for
change even in the face of pain, thereby
transforming one's deeper self into a
beacon of light that aids in the perpetual
metamorphosis of others. Illuminating
these insights with reflections on Christian
and Jewish scriptures while citing the
greatest religious writers throughout
the ages, Rohr offers an unparalleled
window into the wisdom of the mystics,
within a succinct volume that represents
the best treasury of his vast library of


Author's Words:

We have failed our people profoundly by
mystifying the very notion of mysticism.

(But) can seeing with the eyes of mystics
really have relevance in our busy modern
world?  I think it is not only relevant but
absolutely necessary to change our levels
of consciousness, which many religious
traditions might have also called growth
in holiness or divine union.

Through a regular practice of contemplation
we can awaken to the profound presence of
the unitive Spirit... Deeper levels of divine
union allow us to forgive and show
compassion toward more and more, even
those we are not naturally attracted to, or
even our enemies.

Through each of the seven pathways
outlined in this book, we can discover, in
the context of mature Christianity, or any
religion, the God who is "closer to me than
I am to myself."... Through the use of
scripture and both traditional and new
metaphors, I want to give thoughtful
guidance from classic sources so you
can know that your experience is not just
your experience, but the common domain
of the perennial, or wisdom traditions,
which will always come to the surface in
every age. How else can we distinguish
the guidance of the Holy Spirit from our
own egoic whims and fantasies?

Read a small passage of this book --
and carry it with you in your thoughts,
hearts and prayers throughout the day,
and then notice what rises up within you.
By applying what the mystics know to
you momentary outlook, you will be able
to bring openheartedness into the life
you lead and the work you do. Then you
might just be able to recognize that the
ordinary path can also be the way of
the mystic.

- from the Introduction


Author's Bio:

Richard Rohr is a well-known lecturer
who founded the Center for Action and
He has been a featured essayist on the NPR
program This I Believe, was a guest on the
radio show Oprah and Friends, and appeared
in the documentary ONE, featuring spiritual
teachers from around the world. He is a regular
contributor to Sojourners and Tikkun magazines,
and he is the author of numerous bestselling
books, including Adam’s Return, The Enneagram,
Everything Belongs, and The Naked Now.
He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wikipedia Bio -


My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a book that will help you
understand many essentials of the mystical
religious experience - to say nothing of a
summary of much of what Richard Rohr has
written over a long career - I would like to
suggest you get a copy of this book and spend
time with it. "What the Mystics Know" can
introduce and support you in the wisdom
traditions of humanity's great faiths.

This book is grounded in the Christian
tradition, but - and because of this - it can
reach considerably beyond it to enhance
and expand that faith. Too many spiritual
leaders dabble in mysticism, cafeteria-style.
The result is a potpourri of "this and that."
It may sound good, but it lacks grounding -
as well as perspective and true breadth.
Because this book is written by an
experienced mystic, you will avoid a lot
of the pitfalls of so much "junk spirituality"
floating around out there.

This is not to say that Rohr is committed
to "follow the Christian party line." His
reputation as a challenge to official church
teachings should prepare us to read a
man who has had his confrontations with
authority. But that in itself can be viewed
as evidence of his considerable experience.
A true spiritual prophet for our time will
carry the requisite battle scars, and Rohr
carries them well. Like the true Franciscan
he is, Rohr offers us an "alternative orthodoxy"
or "orthopraxy" that can help us grow within,
and extend beyond our various faith traditions.

Here is a list of the seven "pathways" to
which he devotes a chapter in the book:

1. The enlightenment you see already
     dwells within you

2. God is found in imperfection

3. From profound suffering come great
    wisdom and joy

4. The mystical path is a celebration of

5. Contemplation means practicing
    heaven now

6. To discover the truth you must
    become the truth

7. When you are transformed, others
     will be transformed through you


There are few spiritual guides alive and
available to us today with the substance
of Richard Rohr. That is why is it good he
keeps on writing, expanding, consolidating
and growing in his faith - and he is eager
to have us accompany him on the journey.

A most helpful book, worth securing.


Buy the book from


Jim Taylor
Okanagan BC

Personal Web Log
May 7th, 2015

"Emotional Pain"


Martin Marty
Chicago, IL

May 5th, 2015

"Bible Society Museum"


Harry Winter
St. Paul MN

May, 2015

"Witnessing to Muslims"


Ron Rolheiser
San Antonio TX

Personal Web Site
May 4th, 2015

"Evolution's Ultimate Wisdom"



Current Mid-East Conflict
by Michael Landis, Specialist

Christian Century
April 30th, 2015

"Pope Seeks Way Out of Wilderness
  for Middle East Churches in Conflict"

The Tablet, UK
May 9th, 2015

Seventy Years After Liberation

America Magazine
April 29th, 2015


Socialists In, Conservatives Out
After 44 Years. Total Seats 87,
69 New MLAs, 27 Women,
44 Incumbents Lost Seats
Only 18 members returning

Metro News
May 6th, 2015

CBC News
May 6th, 2015

Globe and Mail
May 6th, 2015


We Grow Immune to Hearing

Joan Chittister
National Catholic Reporter
May 5th, 2015

Women Included

May 7th, 2015


Gordon Nickel on Islamic Dialogue

Christian Week
May 1st, 2015

Ancient Artifacts are at Risk
from Radical Islam

Christianity Today
April 30th, 2015


Seven Suggestions to Consider

Rachel Held Evans' Blog (via Sojourners)


Written to Commemorate WWI Battle

Yahoo News
May 3rd, 2015

Evangelical Groups Hit Hardest

Christianity Today
May 4th, 2015

Nepal Struggles to Provide
Last Rights for Dead

UCA News
May 5th, 2015



Provided by Sojourners and
the Bruderhof Online:

Christ moves among the pots and pans.

- Saint Teresa of Avila


The godless Galileans feed our poor
in addition to their own.

- Roman Emperor Julian


If you do not tell the truth about yourself
you cannot tell it about other people.

- Virginia Woolf


The poor, the hungry, the mourners, and
the oppressed truly are blessed. Not because
of their miserable states, of course – Jesus
spent much of his life trying to remedy those
miseries. Rather, they are blessed because
of an innate advantage they hold over those
more comfortable and self-sufficient. People
who are rich, successful, and beautiful may
well go through life relying on their natural
gifts. People who lack such natural advantages,
hence underqualified for success in the kingdom
of this world, just might turn to God in their time
of need. Human beings do not readily admit
desperation. When they do, the kingdom of
heaven draws near.

-  Philip Yancey


It is not for oneself alone that each person asks
to be forgiven, not to be led into temptation, or
to be delivered from evil. Rather, we pray in
public as a community, and not for one individual
but for all.

- Cyprian of Carthage


Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.'

- Angela Y. Davis


Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting
until something happens over which we have no
control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain,
the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict.
Patience is not waiting passively until someone
else does something. Patience asks us to live the
moment to the fullest, to be completely present
to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be
where we are. When we are impatient, we try to
get away from where we are. We behave as if
the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and
somewhere else. Be patient and trust that the
treasure you are looking for is hidden in the
ground on which you stand.

- Henri Nouwen


Provided from the Archives
of the New York Times:

"Mandela Becomes S. Africa's First Black President"

"US National Guard Kill 4 Kent State Students"

"Wounded Knee Native Occupation Ends"

"Germany Surrenders Unconditionally
  to End WWII in Europe"



Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

There remains a precious jewel in every person,
which is stronger than any outward pressure in
their lives. It remains inviolable, even in those
who feel that they are lost in their rottenness. No
matter how badly they have ruined their lives. this
jewel remains in them; it is as certain as that God
was reconciling the world to himself in Jesus Christ.

There is something in each person that will never be
lost, something that can always be resurrected.

That is the gospel.



Our Fall Program Planning Begins -
Autumn 2015 Adult Spiritual Development
ACTS Ministry Programs at St. David's United
and at the University of Calgary:


"Jerusalem and the Land of Three Great Faiths"
  October 16th - 31st, 2015

Hardcopy tour details brochure
is available at the church

Tour Company: Rostad Tours Calgary
Tour Hosts: Wayne and Marlene Holst
Sponsored by: St. David's ACTS Ministry
Endorsed by: St. David's Church Council

Talk with or write to Marlene and Wayne

This tour is filled up with 30 registrants.
Waiting List is open.



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