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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Our aging changing faces reveal the state of our souls

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 11, 2011

In one of James Carroll's early novels, he offers this poignant image: A young man is in the delivery room watching his wife give birth to their baby. The delivery is a difficult one and she is in danger of dying. As he stands watching, he is deeply conflicted: He loves his wife, is holding her hand and is frantically praying that she not die.

Yet the impending birth of their child and the danger of his wife's death conspire to make him acutely aware that, deep in his heart, he has not forgiven her for once being unfaithful to him.

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Loving our enemies proves to be one of life's hardest tasks

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 4, 2011

Lorenzo Rosebaugh, an Oblate colleague shot to death in Guatemala two years ago, used to share at Oblate gatherings some advice that Daniel Berrigan once gave him. Lorenzo, contemplating an act of civil disobedience to protest the Vietnam War, was told by Berrigan: If you can't do this without becoming bitter, then don't do it. Do it only if you can do it with a mellow heart. Do it only if you can be sure you won't end up hating those who arrest you.

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Jesuit makes writers 'gold' available to average Catholics

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 28, 2011

One reason why we don't often find a good Christian apologetics today is because so many of our best theologians write at such a level of academia that their thoughts are not accessible to the ordinary person in the pews. Apologists like C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton are rare. We have great thinkers in theology today, but unfortunately many of them cannot be profitably read outside of academic settings.

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Jesus' death on the cross ricochets through history

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 21, 2011

We are saved by the death of Jesus. All Christians believe this. This is a central tenet within the Christian faith and the centre of almost all Christian iconography. Jesus' death on a cross changed history forever. Indeed, we measure time by it. The effect of his death so marked the world that, not long after he died, the world began to measure time by him. We are in the year 2011 since Jesus was born.

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Be aware of your blessed or cursed consciousness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 14, 2011

There's a Buddhist parable that runs something like this: One day as the Buddha was sitting under a tree, a young, trim soldier walked by, looked at the Buddha, noticed his weight and his fat, and said: "You look like a pig."

The Buddha looked up calmly at the soldier and said: "And you look like God."

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Churchgoers’ healthy passion too often flares into burning anger

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 7, 2011

I work and move within Church circles and find that most of the people I meet there are honest, committed and for the most part radiate their faith positively. Most churchgoers aren't hypocrites. What I do find disturbing though is that too many of us can be bitter, angry, mean-spirited and judgmental, especially in terms of the values that we hold most dear. more . . .

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Building an ark in troubled times keeps idealism alive

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 28, 2011

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you.

You will recognize these words as the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling's famous poem, If, and they, as much as any scriptural commentary, provide the key to understand the story of Noah and the Ark. more . . .

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Pull the plug on phones, Internet and tune into the Sabbath

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 21, 2011

A comedian recently quipped that today's information technologies have effectively rendered a number of things obsolete, most notably phonebooks and human courtesy. That's also true for human rest.more . . .

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Obsession with newer, faster toys a substitute for genuine enjoyment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 14, 2011

Eighty-five years ago, G. K. Chesterton looked at his society and saw some things that disturbed him. Here’s his comment:

“There comes an hour in the afternoon when the child is tired of ‘pretending’; when he is weary of being a robber or a noble savage. It is then that he torments the cat. There comes a time in the routine of an ordered civilization when the man is tired at playing at mythology and pretending that a tree is a maiden or that the moon made love to a man. more . . .

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You need a reference letter from the poor to get into heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 7, 2011

The great Jewish prophets, the forerunners of Jesus, coined a mantra which ran something like this: The quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land and the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how "widows, orphans and strangers" (biblical code for the three most vulnerable groups in society) fared while you were alive. more . . .

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