From one of the world's most influential spiritual thinkers, a long-awaited book exploring what it means that Jesus was called Christ, and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for and believe
Richard Rohr, OFM is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy - practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. He is the author of numerous books including A Spring Within Us, Just This, The Divine Dance, Breathing Under Water, Immortal Diamond and Falling Upward (SPCK, 2018, 2018, 2016, 2016, 2013 and 2012 respectively.
Rohr sees the Christ everywhere, and not just in people. He reminds
us that the first incarnation of God is in Creation itself, and he
tells us that "God loves things by becoming them." Just for that
sentence, and there are so many more, I cannot put this book down.
-- Bono, U2
Here Fr Richard helps us to see and hear Jesus of Nazareth in what he taught, what he did and who he is - the loving, liberating and life-giving expression and presence of God. In so doing he is helping Christianity to reclaim its soul anew. -- Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America
Rohr has a wonderful attention to detail and a profound capacity to unfold what it means to see the reality of Christ in Creation and in and through our human struggles. This is a remarkable book . . . Be aware also that [it] is not an entirely comfortable read - Rohr offers those who journey with him in this narrative some radical theological wisdom. -- Canon James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College
A major shift in our culture is needed, and Richard Rohr's unpacking of The Universal Christ is a critical step in the right direction. Remembering our connection to "every thing" has implications for our religious traditions, society - and dare I say it - even our politics. -- Kirsten Powers, CNN political analyst and USA Today columnist
Anyone who has made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ should read this book to grasp more fully the vast and startling implications of this belief. This is Richard Rohr at his best, providing an overall summation of his theological insights that have been life-changing for so many. -- Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary emeritus of the Reformed Church in America
Here, Christianity finds its root and its destiny in all things, in all matter, in all creation. and here, we find our connection to universal belonging, to universal trust, and to universal love. This book will change religion and make it tender and gentle and transformational. -- Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics