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Abuse scandal is a dark night of the soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 15, 2003

For the Church in the Western world, particularly in the United States, the recent sexual abuse scandal is probably the biggest crisis we've yet faced, though it's not so much a crisis of faith as one of credibility.

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Envy poisons the promise of eternal life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 8, 2003

Why do we struggle with the things we struggle with? What explains us to ourselves? The Bible begins with a series of stories that try to give reasons for the human condition. We're pretty familiar with one of these, Adam and Eve eating the apple, but less familiar with the story that follows it immediately.

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The freedom of being Surprised by Joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 1, 2003

C.S. Lewis tells the story of his conversion in a little autobiographical piece entitled, Surprised by Joy. His journey has some things to teach us.

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Soul's terminal illness ends in suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 25, 2003

Margaret Atwood once wrote that sometimes things need to be said, and said, and said, until they don't need to be said any more. Each year I write a column on suicide because, given the misconceptions about it, some things need to be said over and over.

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Initiating faith in others is no simple task

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 21, 2003

We live in curious religious times. A spiritual renaissance of sorts is happening in the Western world, even as church attendance is in steep decline and fewer and fewer of our own children are walking the path of faith with us.

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Eternity gives us the grace of perspective

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 14, 2003

We understand our lives best when we see them against the horizon of the infinite. Nowhere is this more important than in the belief that there is a life beyond this one.

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Heal those old hurts by living a new way

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 30, 2003

Something important, I believe, can be learned from our reaction to capital punishment.

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We need elders, not Peter Pan, Tinkerbell

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 23, 2003

An icon is a holy picture, an image showing something of the divine. Perhaps the best icon to depict adulthood is a picture of a mother or a father carrying a tired or a sleeping child. Few images capture as beautifully and as deeply what an adult is meant to do – carry the young.

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Awaken from your sorrowful sleep

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 16, 2003

"And they were asleep out of sorrow." St. Luke uses those words to tell us why the disciples fell asleep during Jesus' agony in the garden. They fell asleep, he says, not because the hour was late and they were tired from the supper and the wine.

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Let people fall in love with religious life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 9, 2003

Shortly after he entered the Trappists, Thomas Merton wrote the story of his conversion and journey to a monastery in a book, Seven Story Mountain. It became a best seller that, among other things, caught the romantic imagination of his generation. For years afterwards, Trappist monasteries were flooded with applications, not all for the right reasons of course, but a large number of men did become good monks because of a romantic ideal that Merton's story triggered.

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