- “e m b r a c e”
= engaging moment, becoming realized active caring experience
- ”p r a c t i c e”
= placing reflection and compassion together in concentrated emptiness.
embrace practice -- practice embrace
By "world," I am not referring to Creation, but to "the System." It's the way groups, cultures, institutions, and nations organize themselves to be in control. This may be the most hidden, the most disguised, and the most denied level of evil. We cannot see it because we are inside of it and because we cannot see beyond our own self-interest and self-protection. For example, I have been a Catholic all my life and I have yet to hear a sermon on the tenth commandment: "Do not covet your neighbor's goods." We live in an entire world of manufactured desire or covetousness. It is a virtue to seek to increase your goods. So it's almost impossible for an American to see capitalism or consumerism as a problem or a moral issue, because that is the way our world is shaped. It is in our hard wiring. It’s difficult to critique the ground you are standing on.
(--from, The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: The Spiral of Violence, Wednesday, October 21, 2015, by Richard Rohr) http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=1a2dbe5a-3096-4558-a0ce-338c8af14adc&c=7013c380-e9ea-11e4-bdbe-d4ae52754b78&ch=70176d00-e9ea-11e4-bdbe-d4ae52754b78It was a good conversation.
"At this particular point in the monastic life people need real evidence that it is possible to go further than just simply the convoy of routine work: everybody travelling at the speed of the slowest ship."(from “When the Heart is Right," Thomas Merton's Contemplative Contribution to Interreligious Dialogue," by George A. Kilcourse, Jr., Parliament of World Religions)