Jay's Articles

God made and treasures each of us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 2004

The opposite of belief is not non-belief, but anxiety. To not believe, to not have faith, is to be anxious in a particular way. What way?

Embrace failure in the second half of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2004

"During the second-half of life, success no longer teaches us anything. It still feels good, but we don't learn from it. Now we learn more from failure."

Truth alone breaks the Da Vinici Code

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2004

Most of us, I suspect, are familiar with Dan Brown's runaway bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Here's the storyline: Looking at Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, Brown proposesthe figure on Jesus' right, the "beloved disciple," is Mary Magdala, who married Jesus, bore him a child and was Jesus' real choice to succeed him as leader. Moreover what she represents (the goddess, the eternal feminine, sexuality) is the Holy Grail,the real quest of every heart. But the official Church, from its beginning to this very day, has suppressed this, often violently, burning to death more than five million women in the process.

Hiding love makes you a fool, not cool

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 2004

Michael Buckley, the American Jesuit, once did a fascinating study of Jesus and Socrates, comparing them in terms of human excellence. The result? In many aspects, Jesus appears to be the weaker of the two men.

Divine seeds grow greatness or ruin

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 4, 2004

Rock star, Janis Joplin, was once asked, "What's it like being a pop idol?" Her answer: "It can be awful sometimes. You have no idea how hard it is to go out on stage and make love to 20,000 people and then go home and have to sleep alone!"

Church – a sanctuary for our brokenness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 27, 2004

The Church today, at least in the West, it is not a very happy place. Gone are the wonder and the joy of being young, the innocent laughter that so characterizes us when we're still pre-neurotic. There's a middle-aged heaviness to the Church today, a certain sadness. We're grieving a lot of things:

Unfurl the beauty of the Catholic Church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 20, 2004

In the movie, The English Patient, there's a wonderful scene, stunning in its lesson:

A number of people from various countries are thrown together by circumstance in an abandoned villa in post-war Italy. Among them are a young nurse, attending to an English pilot who's been badly burned in an air-crash, and a young Asian man whose job it is to find and defuse land-mines. The young man and the nurse become friends and, one day, he announces he has a special surprise for her.

Beware the ugly green-eyed monster

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 13, 2004

The award-winning Broadway play, Children of a Lesser God, tells an interesting story of how love can go wrong, even when it seems like it's going right.

Mourn daydreams that don't come true

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 2004

In the Jewish Scriptures there's a story that's unique both in its capacity to shock and to fascinate.

Society panders to image, illusion

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2004

My old philosophical mentor, Eric Mascall, used to say that, in our time, all the goods are in the store window and there's little under the counter. He was commenting on empiricism as a philosophy and how it was slowly robbing daily life of its mystery and depth. Sadly, that comment made years ago, rings true today at a different level.

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