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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台十二月-Utterly Humbled by Mystery

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I believe in figuring out my own way to do things.
I believe in the power of numbers.
I believe in barbecue.
Well, I believe in friendliness1.
I believe in mankind.
This I Believe.

For our series This I Believe we hear today from Richard Rohr. He was ordained2 as a Franciscan priest 36 years ago. Father Rohr lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the center for action and contemplation which he founded. Here's our series curator, independent producer Jay Allyson.

A priest thinks about belief every day. When asked to summarize his conviction in a short statement, Father Richard Rohr said he had to peel away layer after layer until he got to the center. Then, he wrote quickly. Here is Richard Rohr with his essay for This I Believe.

I believe in mystery and multiplicity. To religious believers, this may sound almost pagan, but I don't think so. My very belief and experience of a loving and endlessly creative God has led me to trust in both. I've had a good fortune of teaching and preaching across much of the globe, while also struggling to make sense of my experience in my own tiny world. This life journey has led me to love mystery, and not to feel the need to change it or make it unmysterious. This has put me at odds4 with many other believers I know who seem to need explanations for everything. Religious belief has made me comfortable with ambiguity5. "Hints and guesses" as T.S.Eliot would say. I often spend the season of Lent in a hermitage, where I live alone for the whole forty days. And the more I am alone with the Alone, the more I surrender to ambivalence6, to happy contradictions and seeming inconsistencies, in myself and almost everything else, including God. Paradoxes7 don't scare me any more.

When I was young I couldn't tolerate such ambiguity. My education had trained me to have a lust8 for answers and explanations. Now at age 63, it’s all quite different. I no longer believe this is a quid pro3 quo universe. I have counselled too many prisoners, worked with too many failed marriages, faced my own dilemmas9 too many times and been loved gratuitously10 after too many failures. Whenever I think there's a perfect pattern, further reading and study reveal an exception. Whenever I want to say "only" or "always", someone or something proves me wrong. My scientist friends have come up with things like principles of uncertainty11 in dark holes. They're willing to live inside of imagined hypotheses and theories. But many religious folks insist on answers that are always true. We love closure, resolution, clarity while thinking that we are people of faith. How strange that the very word "faith" has come to mean its exact opposite! People who have really met the holy are always humble12. It’s the people who don’t know who usually pretend that they do. People who have had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don’t know. They are utterly13 humbled14 before mystery. They are in awe15 before the abyss of it all, in wonder at eternity16 and depth and a love which is incomprehensible to the mind. It is a litmus test for authentic17 God experience and is quite, sadly, absent from much of our religious conversation today.

My belief and comfort is in the depth of mystery, which should be the very task of religion.

Richard Rohr with his essay for This I Believe. We welcome statements of personal conviction from everyone. You can contribute yours and find all the essays that have been submitted at our website npr.org. For This I Believe, I'm Jay Allyson
A member of a religious mendicant18 order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1209 and now divided into three independent branches.
Of or relating to Saint Francis of Assisi or to the order founded by him.
Lent is a season
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance19. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian20 imitates Jesus' withdrawal21 into the wilderness22 for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament23 also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles. (See The Apostolic Constitutions, Book V, Section III.)
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, an object, or an idea.
quid pro quo
An equal exchange or substitution.


1 friendliness nsHz8c     
  • Behind the mask of friendliness,I know he really dislikes me.在友善的面具后面,我知道他其实并不喜欢我。
  • His manner was a blend of friendliness and respect.他的态度友善且毕恭毕敬。
2 ordained 629f6c8a1f6bf34be2caf3a3959a61f1     
v.任命(某人)为牧师( ordain的过去式和过去分词 );授予(某人)圣职;(上帝、法律等)命令;判定
  • He was ordained in 1984. 他在一九八四年被任命为牧师。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He was ordained priest. 他被任命为牧师。 来自辞典例句
3 pro tk3zvX     
  • The two debating teams argued the question pro and con.辩论的两组从赞成与反对两方面辩这一问题。
  • Are you pro or con nuclear disarmament?你是赞成还是反对核裁军?
4 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
5 ambiguity 9xWzT     
  • The telegram was misunderstood because of its ambiguity.由于电文意义不明确而造成了误解。
  • Her answer was above all ambiguity.她的回答毫不含糊。
6 ambivalence ixVzV     
  • She viewed her daughter's education with ambivalence.她看待女儿的教育问题态度矛盾。
  • She felt a certain ambivalence towards him.她对他的态度有些矛盾。
7 paradoxes 650bef108036a497745288049ec223cf     
n.似非而是的隽语,看似矛盾而实际却可能正确的说法( paradox的名词复数 );用于语言文学中的上述隽语;有矛盾特点的人[事物,情况]
  • Contradictions and paradoxes arose in increasing numbers. 矛盾和悖论越来越多。 来自辞典例句
  • As far as these paradoxes are concerned, the garden definitely a heterotopia. 就这些吊诡性而言,花园无疑地是个异质空间。 来自互联网
8 lust N8rz1     
  • He was filled with lust for power.他内心充满了对权力的渴望。
  • Sensing the explorer's lust for gold, the chief wisely presented gold ornaments as gifts.酋长觉察出探险者们垂涎黄金的欲念,就聪明地把金饰品作为礼物赠送给他们。
9 dilemmas 619646ac13737b880beb161dfe80967f     
n.左右为难( dilemma的名词复数 );窘境,困境
  • They dealt with their dilemmas by mixing perhaps unintentionally an explosive brew. 他们――也许是无意地――把爆炸性的佐料混合在一起,以此来应付困难处境。 来自辞典例句
  • Ten years later we encountered the same dilemmas in Vietnam. 十年后,我们又在越南遇到了同样进退两难的局面。 来自辞典例句
10 gratuitously 429aafa0acba519edfd78e57ed8c6cfc     
  • They rebuild their houses for them gratuitously when they are ruined. 如果他们的房屋要坍了,就会有人替他们重盖,不要工资。 来自互联网
  • He insulted us gratuitously. 他在毫无理由的情况下侮辱了我们。 来自互联网
11 uncertainty NlFwK     
  • Her comments will add to the uncertainty of the situation.她的批评将会使局势更加不稳定。
  • After six weeks of uncertainty,the strain was beginning to take its toll.6个星期的忐忑不安后,压力开始产生影响了。
12 humble ddjzU     
  • In my humble opinion,he will win the election.依我拙见,他将在选举中获胜。
  • Defeat and failure make people humble.挫折与失败会使人谦卑。
13 utterly ZfpzM1     
  • Utterly devoted to the people,he gave his life in saving his patients.他忠于人民,把毕生精力用于挽救患者的生命。
  • I was utterly ravished by the way she smiled.她的微笑使我完全陶醉了。
14 humbled 601d364ccd70fb8e885e7d73c3873aca     
adj. 卑下的,谦逊的,粗陋的 vt. 使 ... 卑下,贬低
  • The examination results humbled him. 考试成绩挫了他的傲气。
  • I am sure millions of viewers were humbled by this story. 我相信数百万观众看了这个故事后都会感到自己的渺小。
15 awe WNqzC     
  • The sight filled us with awe.这景色使我们大为惊叹。
  • The approaching tornado struck awe in our hearts.正在逼近的龙卷风使我们惊恐万分。
16 eternity Aiwz7     
  • The dull play seemed to last an eternity.这场乏味的剧似乎演个没完没了。
  • Finally,Ying Tai and Shan Bo could be together for all of eternity.英台和山伯终能双宿双飞,永世相随。
17 authentic ZuZzs     
  • This is an authentic news report. We can depend on it. 这是篇可靠的新闻报道, 我们相信它。
  • Autumn is also the authentic season of renewal. 秋天才是真正的除旧布新的季节。
18 mendicant 973z5     
  • He seemed not an ordinary mendicant.他好象不是寻常的乞丐。
  • The one-legged mendicant begins to beg from door to door.独腿乞丐开始挨门乞讨。
19 repentance ZCnyS     
  • He shows no repentance for what he has done.他对他的所作所为一点也不懊悔。
  • Christ is inviting sinners to repentance.基督正在敦请有罪的人悔悟。
20 Christian KVByl     
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他们总是以教名互相称呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母亲是个虔诚的基督教徒。
21 withdrawal Cfhwq     
  • The police were forced to make a tactical withdrawal.警方被迫进行战术撤退。
  • They insisted upon a withdrawal of the statement and a public apology.他们坚持要收回那些话并公开道歉。
22 wilderness SgrwS     
  • She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
23 testament yyEzf     
  • This is his last will and testament.这是他的遗愿和遗嘱。
  • It is a testament to the power of political mythology.这说明,编造政治神话可以产生多大的威力。
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