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A choice between 2 kinds of fire

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 25, 2000

"The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre –

T.S. Eliot wrote those remarkable words in his poem, The Four Quartets. Brief though they are, they capture an entire anthropology, a spirituality of longing and a theology of Advent.

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Mary turned our hope in to reality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 18, 2000

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, as even his critics admit, was a man of hope. Indeed his whole vision of things is generally criticized for being too hopeful. So, in trying to explain hope and advent, allow me a Teilhard story:

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Too impatient for an emerging butterfly

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 11, 2000

In one of her early books, Annie Dillard shares how she once learned a lesson, the hard way, about the importance of waiting. She had been watching a butterfly slowly emerge from its cocoon.

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Advent prepares us for the sublime

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 4, 2000

A couple of years ago, Robert Waller published a book that became a runaway bestseller and an immensely popular movie. Entitled The Bridges of Madison County, it stirred the romantic imagination in a way that few other stories have in recent times, especially as it was played out in its film version by Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. The story runs this way:

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