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A New Cosmology

Nature as the First Bible

Richard Rohr A New Cosmology: Nature as the First Bible

Excerpts from an eco-spirituality retreat given in Assisi, Italy, by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM.

In 2009, Richard led a retreat where deep reflection on Scripture was blended with walks in the countryside of St. Francis. The hills of Assisi speak of the "brotherhood" and "sisterhood" of the natural world, of which we, the human family, are an integral part.

This program is an excerpt from that retreat, which communicates the essence of the "Great Chain of Being" and offers a glimpse of a "new cosmology" that will help people of faith appreciate the importance of living in harmony with God's creation. Richard gives some practical instruction on how to do this.

This retreat illuminates Richard's journey deeper into Franciscan eco-spirituality, a perspective of crucial importance for today's endangered earth. Refresh your faith and your perspective of yourself and the universe.

"Most of us were raised inside of what could be called the Old Cosmology.  There was the individual.  There was God, who was somewhere “out there” and totally managed by organized religion.  Then there was the earth and all that went with it: the animals, plants, soil, air, and water."

"We saw salvation as something that just applied to our species. It was very anthropocentric, a kind of narcissism really, to think that God was only interested in us.  We were the center of everything.  The task became how to get the individual, isolated self to be connected to God, when in fact we already were.  But we did not know how to connect to everything else, so how could we know the art of connection at all?"

"The many links in the Great Chain of Being were left totally out of the equation: earth, water, plants, animals, all in favor of a giant leap across all of these things to the Divine.  The idea that nature was a bother spread to everything material, physical, emotional, sexual—all of this was the inferior self.  It was not integrated into the pattern of salvation.  Yet we dared to assert in the Creed “the resurrection of the body,” so we clearly believed the material world shared in some level of eternal salvation.” Richard Rohr


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