Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Drawing forth Prophesies and Visions with Diarmuid O'Murchu

Welcome to this interview with Diarmuid O'Murchu on drawing forth prophesies and visions. It is a contribution to the Synod on Synodality taking place in the Catholic Church (2021-2024).
uid O'Murchu, is member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, in Dublin Ireland, he is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004),  Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity's Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012),  Incarnation: A New Evolutionary Threshold (2017), Beyond Original Sin (2018), When the Disciple Comes of Age (2019). His website:

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Breathing forgiveness

Vengeance seems so logical, but it doesn’t really work: It doesn’t advance human history. The wonder of the resurrection stories in the Gospels is that Jesus has no punitive attitude toward the authorities or his cowardly followers, and that the followers themselves never call for any kind of holy war against those who killed their leader. Something new has clearly transpired in history. This is not the common and expected story line. All Jesus does is breathe forgiveness. It’s interesting that Jesus identifies forgiveness with breathing, the one thing that we have done constantly since we were born and will do until we die. He says God’s forgiveness is like breathing. Forgiveness is not apparently something God does; it is who God is. God can do no other.

— from The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder by Richard Rohr, OFM