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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Jesus gathers his dead into safer and gentle hands

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 27, 2013

One of my jobs as a priest is to preside and preach at funerals. Never an easy task.

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Celibacy's dance can be dangerous or wonderfully fruitful

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 20, 2013

Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, "The Wages of Celibacy." The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions.

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Maturity demands practising graces of forgiveness, gratitude

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 6, 2013

In his autobiography, Morris West suggests that at a certain age our lives simplify and we need have only three phrases left in our spiritual vocabulary: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Stop circling the wagons and embrace the would be enemies

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 29, 2013

Today, among many of us churchgoers, there is growing-propensity to self-protect rather than risk crucifixion for the world. We are well-intentioned in this, but, good intentions notwithstanding, our actions are the opposite of Jesus. He loved the world enough to let himself be crucified rather than self-protect.

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Tough faith built in stone jars makes it hard to bless others

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 22, 2013

In his novel, A Month of Sundays, John Updike presents us with a character, a lapsed vicar who, though himself struggling with faith, is extremely critical of his young assistant whose faith and theology he judges to be fluffy and lightweight. He describes his young assistant this way:

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Secularity is mixed bag of life and death

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 15, 2013

We live in a highly secularized culture. Generally this draws one of three reactions from Christians struggling to live out faith in this context:

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Jesus' resurrection reveals a redeeming, not rescuing God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 1, 2013

Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider how good you are going to look on wood.

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Pray honestly in a crisis and God's angel will find you

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 25, 2013

How do we lift our darkest, most depressed, most lonely moments up to God? How can we pray when we are most deeply alone, helpless and our whole world seems to be collapsing?

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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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