From wild man to wise man: reflections on male spirituality by Richard Rohr.
The book, From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality, was revised in 2005. For this new work, Richard shortened almost every chapter, changed some chapters significantly and dropped seven chapters from the previous edition. He added three chapters that discuss John the Baptist, Paul and grief. The former afterword has become a very different chapter two, “Is There Such a Thing as Masculine Spirituality?
The chaos and pluralism of our times will probably continue to push many men toward taking refuge behind false boundaries, such as patriarchy, nationalism, racism, fundamentalism and sexism, instead of remaining on the labyrinthine journey called faith.
“We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be of little importance in the evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.” – Carl Jung
Remember, we do not think ourselves into new ways of living, but we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
Saint Paul says, “… there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3: 28). The new humanity that we are pointed toward is not neuter or unisex or even oversexed, all of which make love impossible. In Christ we are whole, one, in union, integrated, wholly holy. That is the final product of the Spirit’s work of making all things one. It is the consummate achievement of God in Christ who reconciles all things within himself (Colossians 1: 20) and invites us into the ongoing reconciliation of all things (Ephesians 5: 20).
I love to remind people that the word “nice” is never found in the whole Bible. God is not nice, it seems; God is wild.
God is not a “company man” and does not appear to be calling for company or tribal values. Yahweh is the God of “all the peoples” and forms his own “rainbow coalition.”