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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

God makes the words to sustain families

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 19, 1999

There is a story told of a Jewish farmer who, while ploughing in his field one Friday afternoon, was too distracted to notice the sun setting. Now, being a very pious man, he feared travelling on the Sabbath and therefore spent the whole night and all of the next day until sunset in his field.

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The sacrament of family life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 5, 1999

The catechism from which I drew my religious instruction as a child said a Christian sacrament was an "outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."

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The family as a place of therapy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 29, 1999

Families are schools of charity. Many classical spiritual writers used to espouse this. What does it mean?

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In family, we participate in God's life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 22, 1999

"God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him or her."

If that is true, and it is, then we can say the same thing about family: "God is family and whoever abides in family abides in God and God abides in that person." The theology of family roots itself here. Among other things, this means that a family is really a religious community, a church, the place where we participate in God's own life.

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The family: A kingdom under siege

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 15, 1999

The family today is a kingdom under siege. It is nearly impossible to exaggerate the importance of this fact. Many forces within our culture are conspiring against the family. What is happening? Simply put, at virtually every level, community is breaking down: Marriages are breaking up at unprecedented rates, families are moving apart as never before, neighbourhoods in essence no longer exist, civic life is fragmenting to the point where politics no longer work, and whole countries are breaking up. Clearly there is a certain cancer in the human community.

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Waiting between two paradises

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 8, 1999

In her recent novel, The Underpainter, Jane Urquhard offers some thoughts on waiting. Her main character, a brilliant artist whose capacity to live and relate healthily does not parallel his aesthetic talents, tells of a conversation he has had with Sara, his woman-friend of 16 years:

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The moral Achilles heel of a generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 1, 1999

A couple of years ago, out of a job and looking for work, one of my nephews was bouncing from one family member to the next, accepting whatever free room and meals might be given to him. He was young, travelling light, resilient, with a good attitude, and content enough to sleep on sofas and eat whatever anyone gave him. He wasn't one to panic quickly.

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Seeing life against an infinite horizon

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 22,1999

Karl Rahner once said that one of the secrets to faith is to always see your life "against an infinite horizon."

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When we put ourselves above God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 15, 1999

William Blake once said that should a fool persist in his folly eventually that folly would turn to wisdom.

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A balance of integrity and commitment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 8, 1999

In life there is a perennial tension between claiming our own needs and freedom and yet at the same time trying to live lives that are unselfish, generous and properly dutiful towards family, community, country, Church and God.

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