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The ever-present miracle of daily life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 6, 2000

Shortly after his conversion, St. Augustine penned these immortal words: "Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unlovliness I plunged into the lovely things that you created. You were with me, but I was not with you."

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The tragic divorce of energy and wisdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 30, 2000

We are finding it ever harder to pass on our faith to our children. Perhaps the major reason for this is that today energy and wisdom are too separated from each other. What is meant by that?

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From God flows unlimited mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 23, 2000

Shortly after ordination, doing replacement work in a parish, I found myself in a rectory with a saintly old priest. He was over 80, nearly blind, but widely sought out and respected, especially as a confessor.

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Church under fire: How to respond

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 16, 2000

In much of North America and Western Europe, we live in an intellectual climate that is somewhat anti-Church and anti-clerical. In intellectual circles it is fashionable today to bash both Roman Catholicism and evangelical Protestantism.

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The Olympics as a showcase of beauty

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 9, 2000

The Olympics have just ended. I wasn't able to watch much of them, but did see the highlights most nights. What a curious, paradoxical mixture of things these games are.

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Another look at the notion of suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 2, 2000

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column suggesting that we still have many misconceptions about suicide (WCR, Aug. 21). Among other things, I stated that many, perhaps most, people who die from suicide are, in the real meaning of those terms, not morally or otherwise responsible for their own deaths but are victims of a disease, not unlike cancer or heart failure.

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The view of Jesus as tragic anti-hero

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 25, 2000

My teenage years were a time of considerable loneliness. I remember myself only too well as a teen, driven by restlessness, haunted by unspoken dreams, full of youthful grandiosity, unsure of myself, shuffling hesitantly in the stag-line at the local dance.

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Priesthood tries to give human face to God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 18, 2000

The incarnation should never be confused with Disneyland. In the incarnation God enters into actual humanity – pain, ambiguity, misunderstanding, crucifixion. There's some purity there, on God's side; but, on our side, nothing is pure, including the priesthood.

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Parenting is a unique way to holiness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 4, 2000

Christian theology has generally been weak in its treatise on marriage. Somehow the earthiness of the Incarnation, so evident elsewhere, has been slow to spill over into our thinking about marriage, sex and family.

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In praise of survival of the weakest

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 28, 2000

Time magazine has a column called Numbers. Its purpose is to startle you by throwing out curious statistics that you could never have imagined. Reading these, I often find myself precisely surprised, not always happily so.

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