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Tend your garden of 'moral loneliness'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 24, 2003

Therese of Lisieux was much photographed. Her sister, Celine, loved using a camera and took lots of photos of Therese. Many of these survive. And there's an interesting element in them, as Ruth Burrows once observed: In all her photographs, Therese is always alone, somehow by herself, even in a group shot. There's a quality of loneliness about her in virtually every picture, no matter how many others are in the photo.

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Walking tall smothers the small talk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 17, 2003

The Gospels point out that, before his conversion, Zacchaeus was a short man, someone lacking in height, but that, after his conversion, the tall man gave back what the small man had stolen. Meeting Jesus, it seems, made Zacchaeus grow bigger in stature.

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To die and not have loved is a tragedy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 10, 2003

John Powell once wrote a remarkable little book entitled, Unconditional Love, the story of Tommy, a former student of his who died of cancer at age 24. Shortly before he died, Tommy came to Powell and thanked him for a precious insight he had once drawn from one of his classes. Powell had told the class: There are only two potential tragedies in life and dying young isn't one of them. It's tragic to die and not have loved, and it's just as tragic to die and not have expressed your love to those around you.

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Try to go beyond giving back in kind

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 3, 2003

Perhaps the most misunderstood text in all of Scripture is the one where Jesus says to us: "Unless your virtue goes deeper than that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven."

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