Richard Rohr was selected as one of a small group of world-renowned experts on contemplative practice and compassion” to speak at Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion”, an event in Louisville, Kentucky in mid-May 2013, that featured His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Franciscan friar served as the principal Christian presence—others represented Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism—to speak on the search for God in contemplation, which leads to action that benefits humanity. His role as the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation made him a fitting and powerful speaker on the subject.
In Silent Compassion: Richard Rohr at the Festival of Faiths, Rohr focuses on finding God in the depths of silence, and shares that the divine silence is more than the absence of noise. That silence has a life of its own, in which we are invited into its living presence, wholeness of being, and peace it brings. This silence can absorb paradoxes, contradictions, and the challenges of life, he says, connecting us with the great chain of being. Rohr adds that while different faiths use different languages and different words, all major religions have come at the mystery of God as a dynamic flow—God as communion, God as relationships. Silence then becomes that common place for all.
This DVD inspired the Franciscan Media book, Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation and features the main presentations made by Rohr at the Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion” event, his contribution to the dialogue with representatives from major faith traditions, his address to the Dalai Lama as well as exclusive conversations with Rohr plumbing the depths of his thoughts on how silence can be a remedy for much of what ails us as persons and in society and culture today.
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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis
(self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water
, Falling Upward
, Immortal Diamond,
and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.
Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org
for more information.