Learning to die is the point of life
Fr Richard Rohr OSB, a Franciscan teacher, has developed these 5 Promises of Male Initiation. They are especially applicable to men in western society but they are, in fact, true for everyone, everywhere in all of history.
- Life is hard
- You are not that important
- Your life is not about you
- You are not in control
- You are going to die
To "die before we die" as Fr Richard says, means dying to our ego, and that is a life long task!
I hope these pages will help us all die before we die so that we live free of the fear of death!
St Paul made this a central point of his theology:
I have been crucified with Christ
it is no longer I (ego) who live
but Christ who lives in me
and the life 'I' now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God
who loved me and gave himself for me.
All mystical theology derives from this central point.