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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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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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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