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Bow down and worship God's mysteries

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2003

Recently I attended a symposium on inter-religious dialogue. The keynote speakers were all excellent, with a single exception. One speaker suggested that one of the problems with Christianity is that it still contains too many elements unacceptable to the critical mind.

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Look for a home with your faith family

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 10, 2003

Among the kinds of loneliness that afflict us, there's one we don't often recognize or deal with very well – the loneliness of moving on. There's a loneliness that comes with leaving home, with forever losing loved ones, loved places and loved things.

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OK, it's time to go to the meeting

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 3, 2003

If you're someone who's at all concerned about community, family, Church, justice, education, culture or civic issues, you will, no doubt, find yourself at a lot of meetings. A colleague of mine likes to quip: "When they write our history, they'll simply say, `They met a lot!'"

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Step aside and let divine authority speak

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 27, 2003

Recently, inside Church circles, a debate took place as to whether Therese of Lisieux should be named a "doctor" of the Church. Her proponents pointed to her influence within the faith and argued few theologians or writers, at least not within the last century, have touched as many lives as Therese.

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Only the mature can practise admiration

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 20, 2003

Several years ago, Roger Rosenblatt, in an essay in Time magazine, offered this advice to his son who was graduating from high school and heading off to college: "Whatever you do in life, be sure to admire others who do it as well or better than you.

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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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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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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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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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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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