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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Theology and catechesis follow different paths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2013

There has always been an innate and healthy tension between theology and catechesis, between what's happening in theology departments in universities and the church pew. Theologians and bishops are often not each other's favourite people. And that's understandable. Why?

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Suicide results from an emotional cancer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 21, 2013

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. In the United States alone, there are more than 33,000 suicides a year. That averages out to 90 such deaths per day, about three to four every hour.

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Goodness marches on imperceptibly in hidden places

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 14, 2013

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? Can good ever really arise out of evil? Do love, truth, and justice ever work out through hatred, lies and injustice? Do crooked lines really straighten?

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Writer uncovers hard, personal truths on Spain's Camino walk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 7, 2013

Several years ago, Hollywood produced a movie about the famous Camino walk in Spain. Entitled The Way, it chronicles the story of a father whose son was killed in an accident shortly after beginning this famous 500-mile pilgrimage.

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All are naked when standing in need of the Lord's mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 30, 2013

It's hard not to fake humility; yet, seemingly, we need to do just that.

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Painful loss of roots helps us appreciate unchanging truths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 23, 2013

Home is where we start from." T.S. Eliot wrote that and it describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. I cite my own case:

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Atheism reveals religion's blind spots, hypocrisy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 16, 2013

In his monumental study of atheism, Michael Buckley suggests that atheism is invariably a parasite that feeds off bad religion. It feeds off bad religion, picks on bad religion and picks apart bad religion.

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Christianity means being sent, not being cocooned

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 9, 2013

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, "I am still trying to figure out how to be spent." His retort echoes a line from Teresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful?

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Jesus' fire provides no rationale for hate-filled division

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 2, 2013

I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing. . . . Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three.

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God’s generosity should not stir us to be jealous

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 26, 2013

In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story:

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