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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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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Roll the dice on the Gospel and feed all your hungers

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 31, 2011

They hadn't understood about the loaves! The Gospels use those words to describe the crowd that Jesus had miraculously fed with five barley loaves and two fish. They ate, but they didn't understand. What didn't they understand? more . . .

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Pressure cooker life can be a form of fasting and prayer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 24, 2011

The past several weeks have been some of most pressured weeks in my life. I have been trying to balance the pressures of teaching a three-hour-a-day intersession course, my duties as an administrator, a series of emergencies to do with the deaths of a couple of close friends, along with trying to sustain some kind of prayer life, all the time nursing a nasty viral cold. It's been a pressured time. more . . .

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God offers our children a love and concern deeper than our own

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 17, 2011

Margaret Laurence's novel, A Jest of God, tells the story of two sisters: One of them, Rachel, single still and childless at mid-life, is a gifted, elementary school teacher. The other is a stay-at-home-mother, dedicating herself to full-time caring for her children. more . . .

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Christ’s humble birth shows riches are hidden on the fringe of society

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 27, 2010

Mary gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. more . . .

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Powerful sexual desire should draw us to the Lord of desire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 20, 2010

Like a deer yearns for flowing streams, so my soul yearns for you my God." "My soul keeps vigil for you in the night." more . . .

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Jesus’ virgin birth demanded the sanctity of a surrendered heart

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 13, 2010

Christian tradition has always emphasized that Jesus was born of a virgin. The Messiah could only come forth from a virgin's womb. The main reason for this emphasis, of course, is to highlight that Jesus did not have a human father and that his conception was from the Holy Spirit. more . . .

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Profound grief brings us to our knees in pain

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 2010

What can we say in the face of deep loss, inconsolable grief, or unrequited obsessions? As a graduate student in Louvain, I once posed that question to the renowned psychologist, Antoine Vergote: "When you lose a loved one, either through death or because that person dies to you in some other way, what can you do? What can you say to help someone in that situation?" more . . .

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Seasons of life challenge us to rise to greater maturity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 29, 2010

As a young man, Nikos Kazantzakis, the famous Greek writer, contemplated becoming a monk and once spent a summer touring monasteries. Years later, writing on the experience, he recounts a marvellous conversation he had with an elderly monk, Father Makarios. more . . .

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Our hearts search for a confessor who lets us be transparent

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 2010

Perhaps more than anything else we are unconsciously seeking a confessor, someone before whom we can open our hearts, be completely transparent, pour out our confusion and freely admit our sins. Inside our search for a soulmate is the search for a confessor. more . . .

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