Only Love Can Hold the Truth

This past week in our weekly newsletter, Richard Rohr once again spoke on the Way of Peace and this week’s topic was about, “Only love can hold the truth.” What does this really mean? There are so many clichés about love, “love is blind,” “if you love something, set it free,” and of course “love conquers all.” The word “love” is such an overused word that its meaning gets often times lost, misused, or misunderstood. “Only love can hold the truth,” is looking at ourselves when we take away our ego.  What’s left when we remove all of our labels, worries and control.  It’s at that point where we can start looking at how love can hold the truth.

Richard Rohr quotes Thomas Aquinas, “We must honor those who agree with us and those who disagree with us.” And along that same note, “No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that caused it,” stated Albert Einstein. Rohr speaks about the ego that it often times creates opposition because it allows us to compare ourselves to others, put others down to elevate our own ego. When we strip ourselves from our false self and honor people who agree and disagree with our thinking, we can then make progress in a peaceful, loving way.

Okay, the hard part, what does this look like in our day-to-day living? People who know how to push our buttons, ones that get on your very last nerve – honor them even when we think they are wrong? That’s what we are to do and so as I look ahead to this next week, I have a lofty goal in front of me even if it looks like baby steps.

Listen to this week’s 15 minute clip and let me know what you think.

Peace

 

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2 Responses to Only Love Can Hold the Truth

  1. Juliet Bowen says:

    What have I found that has brings peace?
    I find myself drawing as a response to what I see. Just ‘following’ the lines, shapes, light & dark in what is really there as honestly as I can. Always there are surprises – often I think I know ‘the way it goes’, but when I become aware of what is truly there I find it is much better, more subtle and finer. That’s the delight and joy in it – the discoveries – even though I sit at the same place and look at the same things outside the window each day. Extraordinarily each day there is a natural but different focus. Wonderful.

  2. admin says:

    Eloquently worded Juliet. It is in our perception how we view the world and it often changes depending on the lens we are wearing on that particular day. When we just “allow” we give ourselves permission to view the beauty that surrounds us. This reminds me of Richard Rohr’s book “Everything Belongs.” When we finally let go, the world is truly an amazing place.

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