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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Monks trusted God more than military hardware

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 20, 2012

Last year, a French movie was released entitled Of Gods and Men that The New York Times as "perhaps the best movie on Christian commitment ever made."

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Suicide often result of great sensitivity to the blows of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 16, 2012

Every year I write an article on suicide because so many people have to live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way. I rarely go for even a week without receiving a letter, an email, or a phone call from someone who has just lost a family member to suicide. In virtually every case, there is a corresponding sorrow that there really isn't a lot of material out there, religious or secular, to help console those left bereaved.

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Keep in touch with your moral centre to live a mystical life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 2, 2012

Mysticism is an exotic word. Few of us connect mysticism with ordinary experience, especially with our own experience. Mysticism is generally seen as an exotic thing, a paranormal thing, a special kind of consciousness given only to the most elite within the spiritual life, something for spiritual athletes or for the weird, visions and altered states of consciousness, snakes and ladders in the spiritual life.

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A crack in our pitcher needs mending before our soul is shattered

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 18, 2012

There's a much quoted line from Leonard Cohen that suggests that the place where we are broken is also the place where our redemption starts: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

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There is always something to diminish our joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 11, 2012

A friend of mine jokingly says that when she dies she wants this epitaph on her gravestone: There was always something.

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Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.

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Practice new evangelization by winning over hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 28, 2012

Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary. There's a lot of talk today about the New Evangelization. Indeed the pope has called for a synod to meet this year for a month in Rome to try to articulate a vision and strategy for such an endeavour.

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Love's reality takes us well beyond naivete, romance

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 21, 2012

Several years ago, a Presbyterian minister I know challenged his congregation to open its doors and its heart more fully to the poor. The congregation initially responded with enthusiasm and a number of programs were introduced that invited people from the less-privileged economic areas of the city, including a number of street people, to come their church.

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Babies have a power to transform that even the mighty lack

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 14, 2012

There are different kinds of power and different kinds of authority. There is military power, muscle power, political power, economic power, moral power, charismatic power and psychological power, among other things.

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Heaven – a communion of saints alive with wit, colour, rollicking tales

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 7, 2012

In his autobiography Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story behind his famous book, Zorba the Greek. Zorba is partially fiction, partly history.

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