Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“There are five realities that males must learn & Integrate by EXPERIENCE if they are to become men.” Richard Rohr

  •  · Life is hard
  •  · You are not that important
  •  · Your life is not about you
  •  · You are not in control
  •  · You are going to die

My teacher, Ed Friedman, said that God’s will is that we mature and that happens by facing challenge. Realize that in America we spend a lot of time and money preventing this very learning from happening to our boys (or girls for that matter).  If we are prosper as human beings this must happen.  If we are to survive this must happen.  That is why I suspect that Jesus spent so much telling people to get over themselves take up their cross and follow him.  If we are to be Christians we must integrate these five things by EXPERIENCE if we are to follow Jesus where he leads.

NOTE 2018:  A man left Saint John’s because I repeated Rohr’s words from the pulpit.  He was, needless to say, an extreme narcissist who believed he was that important.  God preserve us from such and may his tribe, influence and time decrease.  JWS

Minimum Competency


Robert Heinlein – Donato Giancola

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, steer a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

— Robert A. Heinlein