Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation-Path of Descent

A pair of hands holding broken pottery and mud.

Jesus’ Invitation: Follow Me
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 I have found the phenomenon of male initiation in every culture and on every continent until the modern era. [1] Something that universal—and so uniform in its goals—was surely fulfilling a deep human and social need. It was deemed necessary for cultural and personal survival, it seems. Throughout history, men were more often in positions of power and privilege, whereas women were often unfairly subjugated. Women, therefore, more naturally learned the path of descent (self-emptying) through their “inferior” position to men.