Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

by Richard Rohr

Paperback, 2003




This popular and bestselling book of the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs.”


Crossroad (2003), Edition: Revised and updated edition, 192 pages

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LibraryThing member LivelyLady
Any early Richard Rohr reflection on spiritual growth and letting go. The only thing keeping it from five stars was that it was a bit harder for me to understand that FALLING UPWARD, the first of his books that I read. Maybe I should read them in chronological order!
LibraryThing member nmele
Richard Rohr hovered on the edge of my awareness for some time before I began to read him, so I am still catching up with many of his books. This one is a very insightful discussion of contemplative prayer, and why we need to practice it. Along the way, Fr. Rohr tosses off some gems, like this
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comment on how organized Christianity has prioritized Jesus as King, Priest and Prophet: "I've never seen a church of Jesus the Prophet." I found reading from this book for ten minutes or so was a good set up for contemplation.
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LibraryThing member Andy5185
I have yet to read a book by Richard Rohr that does not resonate and hit me with a synchronistic lightning bolt of wisdom. Every word within this book is gold. Highly recommend to any lapsed christian and philosopher that is looking to find deeper meaning in our modern world.
LibraryThing member witchyrichy
I have found a welcoming spiritual guide in Richard Rohr. I used his Lenten guide this year and found his message to be one of love, peace and acceptance. Everything Belongs" The Gift of Contemplative Prayer continued that message, focusing on prayer as a means to settle the mind and speak with the
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creator. His message has so many connections with the meditation teachers I follow, most of whom are Buddhist. Rohr is a Franciscan priest. I subscribed to the daily meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation and he often includes passages from those outside the Catholic and Christian traditions.
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