New Book from Loyola Press Helps Men See Pain as Blessing, Not Burden

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At some point, nearly every man must deal with failure, darkness, or hurt in his life. Our culture tells men that the way to deal with that pain is to suppress it. The message is loud and clear: Get over the pain and move on. But male spirituality expert Fr. Richard Rohr contends that men can’t move on until they begin to deal with the pain.

At some point, nearly every man must deal with failure, darkness, or hurt in his life. Our culture tells men that the way to deal with that pain is to suppress it. The message is loud and clear: Get over the pain and move on. But male spirituality expert Fr. Richard Rohr contends that men can’t move on until they begin to deal with the pain. In his new book, On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men (Loyola Press, paperback, $14.95, September 2010), Fr. Rohr helps men see that failure and hurt are not inherently bad, but actually serve as one of the primary pathways to wholeness—and even holiness—in their lives.

On the Threshold of Transformation not only helps men gain a new perspective on pain but also shows them, over the manageable timeline of one year, how to transform their pain so they don’t transmit it. The meditations in the book clearly reveal that neither taking a pass on pain nor passing pain along to others is an option. Instead, Fr. Rohr insists that every man must be willing to descend into his own vulnerabilities if he is ever to be transformed in a way that leads him to his best self.

“Fr. Rohr does a remarkable job of busting the “guy code” myth, which basically says that men must never admit weakness,” says Joe Durepos, co-host of the new blog Men on the Journey, which uses Rohr’s teachings on male spirituality to stimulate conversation about becoming a whole man. “Essentially, Fr. Rohr tells men that if they don’t deal with their failures, shortcomings, or pain head-on, they can never become the wonderfully complete men that God intends for them to be. In that sense, he helps men see pain as a blessing and not a burden.”

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is renowned for his retreats and lectures on male spirituality. Fr. Rohr is the author of many books, including The Naked Now, Adam’s Return, and Everything Belongs. He lives in Albuquerque.

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