It’s not addition that makes one holy, but subtraction; stripping the illusions, letting go of the pretense, exposing false self, breaking open the heart and the understandings, not taking my private self too seriously. In a certain sense we are on the utterly wrong track. We are climbing while Jesus is descending, and I think in that we reflect the pride and the arrogance of western civilization . . . always trying to accomplish, perform and achieve. We transferred all that to Christianity and became spiritual consumers. The ego is still in charge. When the self takes itself too seriously, there’s no room left for God. All we can really do is get ourselves out of the way, and we can’t even do that.
~~Richard Rohr, OFM