Using the mythological investigations of Joseph Campbell and Robert Moore, Richard Rohr brings alive the ancient legends of knights and the search for King Arthur's grail, and shows how they can serve as models for a journey of the psyche and spirit.
From the Back Cover The great stories and myths have much to teach today's men and women. For most men, none are more rewarding than the ancient Arthurian legends of the lives of knights dedicated to the search for the Holy Grail. At their core these stories invite men to move outside comfortable boundaries and to risk a much greater calling: nothing less than the discovery of the true self. The starting point for many men is the receiving of a sacred wound: a death, a betrayal, some grievous loss. Trying to accept and understand the significance of these life events is important, for from this wound can come healing for self and others. As Richard Rohr puts it: The work of religion is to open your eyes and see that everything swirls with meaning. Enter into the quest with Fr. Rohr back to the beginnings of Christianity and its deepest symbols, to ancient stories of the death of the hero and strength passed on through the drinking of his blood; to the intertwining of these myths in the Grail legends, particularly in the story of Parsifal and his search for the Grail and wholeness. The author not only makes these legends come vividly alive, he also shows that despite changes in culture and advances in science and technology the universal truths are unchanging, and the quest remains the same, sacred challenge for today.