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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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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King Herod, wise men issue a moral challenge

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 24, 2012

The Christmas story is surely one of the greatest stories ever told. It chronicles a birth from which the world records time as before or after. Moreover, it is written in a way that has inflamed the romantic imagination for 2,000 years.

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Note in a bottle tossed into a literary sea is read around the world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 17, 2012

In late November, 1982, while a graduate student in Louvain, Belgium, I began writing this column. That makes for 30 years. When I began writing this, I had no idea as to where this would go, no grand plan. I was putting notes into milk bottles and floating them out to sea, across an ocean in this case, hoping somebody might read them.

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Great minds, great persons honour life's complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 10, 2012

In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.

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Do not be afraid, for compassionate God reads our hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 3, 2012

We live with too much fear of God. This has many faces, from the superstitious fear of the naive, to the legalistic fear of the over-scrupulous, to the intellectual fear of the sophisticated. In the end, we all struggle to believe that God is the last person of whom we need to be afraid. But in our own ways, we all struggle with fear of God.

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Whistling in the dark when it comes to facing our death

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 26, 2012

Some years ago, a friend of mine was facing the birth of her first child. While happy that she was soon to be a mother, she openly confessed her fears about the actual birth-process, the pain, the dangers, the unknown.

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Sexuality's sacred fire burns with power and purpose

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 19, 2012

We are all powerfully, incurably and wonderfully sexed. This is part of a conspiracy between God and nature. Sexuality lies right next to our instinct for breathing, and it is ever-present in our lives.

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