This is a common question for those interested in the MROP. Here are some practical ways to help you find out.
- Speak to someone who has made the MROP. Contact us and we will provide someone you can talk to who has done the MROP.
- Obtain one or more of the resources listed below. The books and DVD’s provide valuable insight and should give you an idea about what the MROP offers and if it matches what you are seeking.
Men’s Spirituality Resources:
- Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality by Richard Rohr
- Adam’s Return – The Five Promises of Male Initiation by Richard Rohr
- Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin
- Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
- The Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden Lane
- Pilgrim by David Whyte
- Creating Rituals: A New Way of Healing for Everyday Life by Jim Clarke
- Beloved Sons Series: Masculine Spirituality/Why Males Need Initiation (CD) by Richard Rohr
Beloved Son Series
RESOURCE | BY Richard Rohr
Fr. Richard Rohr’s teaching on the Beloved Sons Series can be ordered at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) website. They offer a thorough and concise (approximately 35 minutes each) explanation of the following topics:
1: Masculine Spirituality
Why do men struggle so often with the spiritual? Many flat out reject the inner journey, mistaking it for being soft or weak. The need for real masculine spirituality, one that speaks to a man’s true core is the subject here. Years of work in this area has convinced Richard Rohr that men are not maturing in a healthy way, and thus, failing to learn how to wield power without abusing it.
The goal of teaching masculine spirituality is to build a bridge between the inner and outer world. Accomplishing this goal requires strong, yet vulnerable, men who have been initiated themselves and have entered the eldering process. Men who know they are beloved sons of God have the respect and ability to be vessels of transformation both now and for generations to come.
2: What is Male Initiation?
Primal societies have demonstrated that cultural survival is dependent on personal groundedness of young men. Unfortunately, most of the natural way to lead younger males into this journey has been lost in the Western world. Male initiation is a rite of passage that no longer plays a role in men’s lives. We can help young men transform their pain and enlarge their vision for themselves with the help of healthy and spiritually grounded elders. These rites of passage are addressing a need that many of our older men need, as well, to find affirmation and healing in their own spiritual journeys. Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, addresses the reality that if men are not led through an inner journey of powerlessness they will inevitably misunderstand and abuse power. Transformation results in men discovering their true nature and the beloved side of their manhood.
3: The Responsibilities of the Initiated Man
Richard Rohr, OFM, speaks directly to Initiated Men and addresses the responsibilities that accompany Male Initiation. All men who have gone through the Men’s Rites of Passage are encouraged to listen.
In the past twenty years, over 5,000 men have completed the Men’s Rites of Passage program. Men who have completed Rites of Passage have an obligation to do something for other men. Many initiated men have gone back to their communities and started a men’s group and are helping boys at risk, for example. The initiated man is encouraged to connect with other men in a variety of healthy and generative ways.
Initiation is the oldest system of spiritual instruction on earth. An initiated man is a generative man, and uses his power and life for others. Many people, who serve others, are happy because their energy and gifts flow outward to others. Men have to rediscover their own spiritual authority to engage in ways that bring life to all human beings and the more than human world.
How can God move through me in an effective way? What are my gifts? It isn’t always what I do; it is how I do it. It can be a very simple way of serving others. Men want a deep and soulful spirituality not fluff. The Rites of Passage are certainly challenging and appeal to a very masculine spirituality, that if embraced, will place demands and responsibilities to use your power for the good of others.