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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

An imperceptible decline into bitterness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 1999

Within all of literature few tragedies compare with the biblical story of Saul. The story begins with a young man, Saul, who at this time in his life has no equal in terms of being handsome, gracious and good. The people recognize this and make him their king.

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Peace to those who enjoy God's favour

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 1999

At one point in her novel, Men and Angels, Mary Gordon describes a young mother who each day has a little ritual as she waits for her children to come home from school. She sets a chair by the window so she can lean on it. In that way she can see her children as they run up to the house but she can also use the chair to steady herself.

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Prophetic challenges for our generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 1999

Our world stands in need of prophecy. No one doubts this. It would seem too that there is no shortage of voices which claim to be prophetic. From every kind of religious and ideological camp there issue forth numerous voices, each one claiming to bring the particular challenge needed.

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A crying need for Gospel artists

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 1999

In the literary world a distinction is made between a critic and an artist. A critic assesses things, an artist produces them.

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Being in solidarity with a mixed world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 4, 1999

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in his Mass for the World, shares how he personally understands the offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist.

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Inadequacy and humiliation await us all

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 27, 1999

Several years ago, at a retreat, I witnessed an interesting exchange between two men.

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Why be good if God loves us anyway?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 20, 1999

Recently I had lunch with a former student of mine, a very idealistic young man who teaches religion in a Catholic high school. He shared with me about his struggles in trying to teach young people about God.

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Teaching on original sin contains wisdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 1999

My parents had a working theology of original sin. Perhaps they weren't exactly clear as to what original sin was. But they had, at the core of their understanding of life, a deep sense of its substance.

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The fear of revealing our weaknesses

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 1999

During the last year of her life, Therese of Lisieux corresponded regularly with a young man named Maurice who was preparing to become a missionary.

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God's love reaches through locked doors

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 23, 1999

About one year ago, I wrote a column on suicide. Among other things, I suggested that suicide is the most misunderstood of all deaths. Given the positive response to that piece, I would like take things further here, suggesting as well that our faith in God should give us ultimate consolation in the face of the suicide of a loved one.

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