Materialism is inadequate

November 15, 2011

The longing for great religion is strong in our culture… Everywhere there is longing for transcendence–angels, patron saints, UFOs, the paranormal, apparitions, and the Mary phenomenon. I never thought Mary would make prime time! Perhaps we are so obsessed with transcendence because after a while, secularism is boring. It’s a dead-end vision; in a secular world, the universe is not enchanted. The bush doesn’t burn; it’s just a shrub. American culture wants to break out of secularism. Materialism doesn’t name our reality adequately.

– Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, in Everything Belongs (2003)

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2 Responses to “Materialism is inadequate”

  1. Suze said

    Wave your flag, Richard. And we’ll follow.

  2. Materialism doesn’t name the reality that you desire to be real adequately.

    It does quite well for the reality that we can see and experience.

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