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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

A catholic God opens his arms to all who seek his help

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 18, 2013

There's a disturbing trend within our churches. Simply put, we are seeing the embrace of our churches become less and less inclusive. More and more, our churches are demanding a purity and exclusivity not demanded by Jesus in the Gospels.

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Only God's love can quell our inner anxiety, bitter worries

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 11, 2013

Anxiety, like all tensions, eats at us at various levels. More superficially, we worry about many things. Deep down though we are anxious in a way that colours most everything we do. So much of what motivates and drives us is an unconscious attempt to free ourselves from anxiety.

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Fear of disappearing leads us on a quest for immortality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 4, 2013

A friend of mine likes to jokingly pretend he's the ultimate egoist and will occasionally crack this quip: "Life is hard because I have to deal with the magnitude of me."

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Jesus calls us to greater concern for Christian unity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 25, 2013

While saying farewell the night before he died, Jesus told those with him that he "had other sheep that are not of this fold" and that those with him at that moment were not his only followers. Importantly, he also said he longed for unity with those others just as deeply as he longed for unity with those in the room with him.

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Don’t be so caught up in this world that you forget God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 18, 2013

Some years ago, I was at a religious conference where one of the speakers, widely known and respected for her work among the poor, made this comment: “I’m not a theologian, so I don’t know how this plays out theologically; but here’s the base from which I’m operating: I work with the poor. Partly I do this out of my humanity, out of natural compassion; but ultimately my motivation is Christ.

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Prayer fills us with divine energy that comes from God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 11, 2013

Our generative years are a marathon, not a sprint, and so it's difficult to sustain graciousness, generosity and patience through the tiredness, trials and temptations that beset us through the years of our adult lives.

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Old age designed to mature the soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 4, 2013

What can God and nature have had in mind when they designed the aging process? Why is it that just when our mental prowess, our human maturity, and our emotional freedom are at their peak, the body begins to fall apart?

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True prayer grounds us against group hysteria

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 28, 2013

In virtually all of his novels, Milan Kundera manifests a strong impatience with every kind of ideology, hype or fad that makes for group think or crowd hysteria. He is suspicious of slogans, demonstrations and marches of all kinds, no matter the cause. He calls all these the great march and, to his mind, they invariably lead to violence, all of them. Kundera likes artists because they tend to steer clear of causes, wanting to paint or write rather than march.

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The mystery of God outstrips imagination, challenges our faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 21, 2013

Nicholas Lash, in a deeply insightful essay on God and unbelief, suggests that the God whom atheists reject is often simply an idol of their own imaginations: "We need do no more than notice that most of our contemporaries still find it 'obvious' that atheism is not only possible, but widespread and that, both intellectually and ethically, it has much to commend it.

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Top literary picks for 2012 cross the genre gambit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 14, 2013

Concerning taste, there should be no disputes. St. Augustine wrote those words 1,700 years ago and their truth applies not just to taste in food, but also to taste in literature. Not everyone's soul is fed in the same way and we eventually gravitate towards where we are fed.

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