Columns

Challenge: See ourselves as others see us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 16, 2002

One of the great tragedies in all literature is the biblical story of Saul. Saul makes Hamlet look like a Disney-character. Hamlet, at least, had good reasons for the disasters that befell him. Saul, given what he started with, should have fared better – much better.

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Energy-wisdom combo taps your secrets

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 9, 2002

World Youth Day 2002 recently ended and, from every appearance, was a wonderful success. Hundreds of thousands of young people descended on Toronto for a week and, under the gaze of world television, publicly and energetically celebrated their faith.

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Three things for conservatives to ponder

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 5, 2002

Last week's column suggested three areas for liberal self-scrutiny. It's time for the flip-side. What three areas might conservatives ponder?

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Three things for liberals to ponder

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 29, 2002

Things rarely are simple. Nothing, save God, comes without a shadow.

That's good to keep in mind when we assess the pros and cons of liberals and conservatives. Each brings something to the table and each too has an Achilles heel.

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Only God can mend a soul torn by suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 22, 2002

A few days ago, I was asked to visit a family who had, just that day, lost their 19-year-old son to suicide. There isn't much one can offer by way of consolation at a moment like this when everyone is in shock and the pain is so raw.

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Take our rightful place in God's scheme

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 15, 2002

What do we need to achieve to make us happy? What brings us peace and meaning?

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Only the committed can ask for a life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 1, 2002

Recently I participated in an International Conference on vocations. It gathered a wide assortment of persons to reflect upon why less people in the Western world are entering the priesthood and consecrated religious life.

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Let the scandalous virus run its course

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 24, 2002

The Catholic Church in North America today is undergoing a crisis of soul, perhaps the most severe one in its young history. Sex scandals among the clergy and the less-than-ideal way the bishops have dealt with this, have left the Church shaken, humbled, and humiliated. It's a dark hour, a painful dark night of the soul.

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Drop the right to be right: worship as one

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 17, 2002

Jesus left us the Eucharist as the source of our unity. Sadly, it's often the cause of our division, both among Christian denominations and within them.

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Weave Jesus' tensions into your life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2002

The thought of some of the greatest and most influential persons in history seems, at times, riddled with inconsistencies. Jesus, Augustine, Socrates, Aristotle, among others, appear at times to contradict themselves.

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