Richard Rohr

 “Religions should be understood as only the fingers that point to the moon, not the moon itself.” 

“Jesus is never upset at sinners; he is only upset with people who do not think they are sinners.”

“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.”

“God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.” 

“Religion is one of the safest places to hide from God.”

“It’s important to note that Jesus and Christ are two different faith affirmations. Hardly any Christians have been taught that – they think “Christ” is Jesus’s last name.”

“All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.”

“The most common one-liner in the Bible is, “Do not be afraid.” Someone counted, and it occurs 365 times.”

“The people who know God well—mystics, hermits, prayerful people, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator.” 

“The cross is the standing statement of what we do to one another and to ourselves. The resurrection is the standing statement of what God does to us in return.”

“To the degree, you have experienced intimacy with God, you won’t be afraid of death because you’re experiencing the first tastes and promises of heaven in this world.” 

“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”

“God comes to us disguised as our life.”

Rohr: God is relationship itself, 3:39
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystic See
Franciscan Mysticism, 28:40
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life