‘We can’t manage, manoeuver or manipulate spiritual energy. It is a matter of letting go and receiving what is being given freely. It is the gradual emptying of our attachment to our small self, so that there is room for a new conception and a new birth.’

Mary was visited by the angel to tell her that she was to be the mother of God’s Son. Her final response was ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.’


‘Mary is the archetype of such surrender. If Jesus is the symbol of the gift itself and how God gives the gift, then Mary is the symbol of how the gift is received and treasured. Whatever God gives is always experienced as totally unearned grace, and never as a salary, a reward or a merit badge. In fact, if you do experience it that way, it is not from God and will not expand your heart, mind or soul.

There is no mention of any moral worthiness, achievement or preparedness in Mary, only humble trust and surrender. She gives us all therefore, a bottomless hope in our own little state. If we ourselves try to “manage” God, or manufacture our own worthiness by any performance principle whatsoever, we will never bring forth the Christ, but only ourselves.

Mary does not manage, fix, control or “perform” in any way. She just says “yes!” and brings forth the abundance … This is really quite awesome.’

Some questions for reflection:
how can I receive instead of ‘managing’ life?
Does ‘managing’ give me a sense of importance?
How does receiving give me a sense of unimportance?
And what is importance, anyway????? |-|

From Richard Rohr, ‘Preparing for Christmas’, St Anthony Messenger Press 2008)


13 thoughts on “MANAGING GOD

  1. Yes like Bushka I too was struck by the first passage. I also found the questions at the end extremely interesting! If I tried to comment on those I d be writng paperbacks!!!
    I enjoyed this post Gilly!!! xxxx


  2. Fabulous post for this time of year….I am especially struck by the opening paragraph! ‘We can’t manage, manoeuver or manipulate spiritual energy………..’ Superb! Hugs! :)x


  3. Yes,i agree it’s very important to be receptive but not so easy to allow it,It’s the opposite of what is valued nowadays.And I even know people who can’t accept a gift from another person ….always something wrong witu it or watever.It’s harder to receive than give,i think.


    1. I thought his comment was right on the ball, addressed to the assumptions we so easily make in our current society, and as I said yesterday, I do like being made to think – it’s the way one grows.


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