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Leading a moral life is a lonely affair

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2002

In an autobiographical novel entitled, My First Loves, Ivan Klima, a Czech writer, talks about a pain he endured as a young man. Growing up without religious training and living amidst a group of young men and women not inclined towards sexual and other restraints, he sometimes found himself alone and isolated in terms of his feelings. For reasons he couldn't explain, he, unlike his friends, simply couldn't give himself over to certain forms of youthful revelry. His conscience was reticent and he was haunted by a feeling that solitude should be carried at some high level.

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Romance is God's foretaste of heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 4, 2002

Inside a little book entitled, The Thomas Merton Poems, J.S. Porter writes this piece:

There's too much of everything
books, stars, flowers.

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Gossip just might be good for the group

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 11, 2002

In his novel, Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey, offers this colourful image of gossip. In a small town there are rumours about the priest and a certain woman.

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Prayer, like love asks us to surrender

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 18, 2002

It's not easy to be centred, rooted, secure in who we are, able to give the world our best.

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Writer in exile calls home after 20 years

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 25, 2002

Nov. 15 marked an anniversary of sorts for me – 20 years of writing this column. I began it in 1982 as a bi-weekly piece while I was doing doctoral studies in Louvain, Belgium.

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Death's clarity allows post-mortem love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 2, 2002

When I was a child, as part of our family prayer, we used to pray for a happy death. In my young mind, a happy death would be to die inside of grace, cradled warmly in the loving arms of family and Church, fully at peace with God and others, having had time to speak final words of love and gratitude.

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Profound belief lights a candle of hope

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 9, 2002

To light a candle is an act of hope.

In the days of apartheid in South Africa, Christians there used to light candles and place them in windows as a sign to themselves and to others that they believed that some day this injustice would end. A candle burning in a window was a sign of hope and a political statement.

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Our Christmas present? God's presence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 16, 2002

It's easy to be cynical about the hype surrounding Christmas, not just because it starts earlier each year and seems focused on everything, but the birth of Jesus, but also because Christmas itself seemingly doesn't deliver on its promise.

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Take your part in the Christmas pageant

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 23, 2002

Swiss theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, once wrote:

"After a mother has smiled for a long time at her child, the child will begin to smile back; she has awakened love in its heart, and in awakening love in its heart, she awakes recognition as well. . . . In the same way, God explains himself before us as love. Love radiates from God and instills the light of love in our hearts."

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Let’s put a perspective on this scandal

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 13, 2003

A number of things should be clarified to help us properly contextualize the present crisis of sexual abuse within the Church.

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