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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Addiction to comfort hinders fulfilling our vocations

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 15, 2013

Fifty years ago, Kay Cronin, wrote a book entitled, Cross in the Wilderness, chronicling how, in 1847, a small band of Oblate missionaries came from France to the American Pacific Northwest and, after some bitter setbacks in Washington State and Oregon, moved up the coast into Canada and helped found the Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver and in significant parts of British Columbia's mainland.

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It's off to work we go, and go, and go and miss out on life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 1, 2013

There are dangers in overwork, no matter how good the work and no matter how noble the motivation for doing it. Spiritual guides, beginning with Jesus, have always warned of the dangers of becoming too taken up in our work.

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Do we die with a hard heart or a soft soul?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 24, 2013

Several years ago, at a conference that I attended, the keynote speaker challenged his audience in this way: All of us are members of various communities: we live in families, are part of Church congregations, have colleagues with whom we work, have a circle of friends and are part of a larger civic community.

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Greeley gave reasons for the hope that is within us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 17, 2013

As a young seminarian in the late 1960s, I was very taken by the writings of Andrew Greeley, a priest in Chicago, who was churning out books on popular spirituality. I found his approach wonderfully refreshing because, at least to my mind, he dealt with our perennial religious struggles in a way that was both more realistic and more hope-filled than most of the religious literature to which I had then been exposed.

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Hurry, scurry right past what is truly important in life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2013

Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress, raises our blood pressure, makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously, blinds us to the needs of others. Haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying.

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Embrace the treasures offered by Ordinary Time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 3, 2013

In a marvelous little book entitled, The Music of Silence, David Steindl-Rast highlights how each hour of the day has its own special light and its own particular mood and how we are more attentive to the present moment when we recognize and honour these "special angels" lurking inside each hour.

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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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