Jay's Articles

God's purpose and our proud resistance

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 26, 2001

Nikos Kazantzakis, the author of Zorba the Greek, was an extraordinarily complex man, especially religiously. An artist, a searcher, strongly independent, yet a man with a mystical bent, he often found himself involved in painful interior struggles in his relationship to God. Sometimes he would acquiesce in obedience, sometimes he would hold out in proud resistance. His is an interesting story.

Giving our death to our loved ones

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 19, 2001

In his last works, just before he died, Henri Nouwen began to speak of how the final task in life is to give one's death to others. We are meant, he says, to give our lives for others, but we are also meant to give our deaths for them. Just as elders must teach the young how to live they are also meant to teach them how to die.

The benefits of prayer for the dead

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 12, 2001

Recently I received a letter from a woman asking me to explain the Christian teaching about praying for the dead. Her son had been killed in an accident and she had been dissuaded from attending any special prayers for him. Her question: Does it make sense to pray for the dead?

Anchored in the rhythms of the ordinary

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 5, 2001

Something inside us despises the ordinary. Something there is that tells us that ordinary life, with its predictable routines, domestic rhythms, and conscription to duty makes for cheap meaning. Inside us there is the sense that the ordinary can weigh us down, swallow us up, and anchor us outside the more rewarding waters of passion, romance, creativity and celebration.

God hears the prayer of helplessness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 29, 2001

In her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day shares how she once prayed at a very low time in her life.

Waiting for Western culture to grow up

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 22, 2001

Have you ever watched a typical, moody adolescent interact with his or her family in public? Picture a 16-year-old girl in a restaurant with her parents and younger siblings. She's at the far edges of both the table and the conversation, ashamed of her family.

Wait for the Spirit in the upper room

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 15, 2001

Peter Maurin, the man who helped Dorothy Day found the Catholic Worker movement, used to say: "When you don't know what else to do, keep going to meetings!" Sound advice.

Why doesn't God make things easier?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8,2001

Perhaps the most vexing faith-question of all-time is the problem of God's silence and his seeming indifference: Why does God allow evil? Why do bad things happen to good people? If there is an all-powerful and all-loving God, how do you explain that millions of innocent people can suffer and die under Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, in massacres in Rwanda, Algeria and the recent terrorist killings in the U.S.? Where is God in all of this?

We are no longer living in ordinary time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 1, 2001

Iris Murdoch once said that the whole world can change in 15 seconds. She was talking about falling in love.

Our light must shine so others can see

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 24, 2001

Quote: When God gives us a gift, God expects a certain return.

In his inaugural address, Nelson Mandela suggests that false humility hurts us as much as false pride. His words: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.