Rohr, Richard. Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections. NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1996.

Always remember that the best ally of God is what is. Not what should be, what could be, what needs be, but what is. “Isness” will lead us to perfect love. 176

Rohr, Richard. Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections. NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1996.

Remember that the opposite of love is not really hatred, but control. God remains in love and therefore out of the control mode. When we are not in love, we are invariably trying to control everything – it’s a good litmus test. God seems to be fully in control only when we give it back to God. That is the beauty and limitation of those who love. They can give up control, and they can weep instead of explain. 60

God’s Love Is Free: The Banquet Says It All by Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

The great, central theme of the Bible, in my judgment, is grace, God’s favor. God’s love is literally unaccountable: It can’t be put in any ledger of accounts. Yet the mindset of merit, of buying, selling and earning, is common. Until you can give up that mindset you cannot understand the concept of grace, or truly experience it.

Some friends once made a bumper sticker of this lifelong theme of my preaching: “God does not love you because you’re good, but you’re good because God loves you.” Goodness is not something you achieve. I realize this more and more as I get older, that God does almost everything. The good things I’ve been able to do have always been a participation in who God is in me. As we say at the end of the eucharistic prayer, referring to Christ, “through him, with him, in him.” The stupid, sinful things I’ve done in my life have always been the work of my private self—closed off from God.

God’s love or favor is a free gift—not something we earn.

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