Jay's Articles

Three things for liberals to ponder

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 29, 2002

Things rarely are simple. Nothing, save God, comes without a shadow.

That's good to keep in mind when we assess the pros and cons of liberals and conservatives. Each brings something to the table and each too has an Achilles heel.

Only God can mend a soul torn by suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 22, 2002

A few days ago, I was asked to visit a family who had, just that day, lost their 19-year-old son to suicide. There isn't much one can offer by way of consolation at a moment like this when everyone is in shock and the pain is so raw.

Take our rightful place in God's scheme

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 15, 2002

What do we need to achieve to make us happy? What brings us peace and meaning?

Only the committed can ask for a life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 1, 2002

Recently I participated in an International Conference on vocations. It gathered a wide assortment of persons to reflect upon why less people in the Western world are entering the priesthood and consecrated religious life.

Let the scandalous virus run its course

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 24, 2002

The Catholic Church in North America today is undergoing a crisis of soul, perhaps the most severe one in its young history. Sex scandals among the clergy and the less-than-ideal way the bishops have dealt with this, have left the Church shaken, humbled, and humiliated. It's a dark hour, a painful dark night of the soul.

Drop the right to be right: worship as one

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 17, 2002

Jesus left us the Eucharist as the source of our unity. Sadly, it's often the cause of our division, both among Christian denominations and within them.

Weave Jesus' tensions into your life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2002

The thought of some of the greatest and most influential persons in history seems, at times, riddled with inconsistencies. Jesus, Augustine, Socrates, Aristotle, among others, appear at times to contradict themselves.

Move from fear to the house of love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 3, 2002

Henri Nouwen, in his writings, frequently asked this question: "How can we live inside a world marked by fear, hatred and violence and not be destroyed by it?"

Imagine God making perfect love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 20, 2002

God is ineffable. What this means is that everything we imagine, think, or say about God is, because of the very nature of God, highly inadequate, poor theology at best. That's the first thing that always needs to be said before weighing anything we affirm about God.

Faith means doing what you 'have to'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 13, 2002

Daniel Berrigan was once asked: "Where does your faith reside, where's its real seat?" His answer is wonderful, both in colour and insight: "Your faith is rarely where your head is at and rarely where your heart is at. Your faith is where your ass is at! Inside what commitments are you sitting? Within what reality do you anchor yourself?"