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.
What are the big things? I would list love, freedom, evil, God, eternity, nonviolence, forgiveness, grace and mercy. These the dualistic mind cannot comprehend, and in fact, it usually gets them utterly wrong because they each have a paradoxical character that demands some degree of non-dual thinking.
When people say piously, “Thy kingdom come” out of one side of their mouth, they need also to say, “My kingdom go!” out of the other side. The kingdom of God supersedes and far surpasses all kingdoms of self and society or personal reward.
The celebration of Christmas is not a sentimental waiting for a baby to be born, but much more an asking for history to be born! (see Romans 8: 20–23).