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Facing our demons in the desert

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 27, 2000

We live lives of tortured complexity. Inside each of us there is both a saint and a sinner and enough complexity to write our own book on abnormal psychology. Our hearts are a murky cauldron of grace and sin, angels and demons. Always, it seems, we are torn in a way that leaves us feeling unsure, guilty and tense. It is no simple task being a human being.

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The desert as a place of preparation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 20, 2000

One of the great ironies in life is that, too often, success brings more unhappiness, jealousy and destructiveness than joy, blessing and harmony. Daily our newspapers carry the familiar headlines: Millionaire superstar arrested on drug charges. Movie star found dead of overdose. Star football player hasn't talked to parents in 15 years. Baseball star jailed for spousal abuse. Pop idol arrested for drunken driving. Rock star dead of unknown causes at age 33.

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Lent a season to sit in the ashes

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 13, 2000

We begin the season of Lent with ashes on our foreheads. What is symbolized by this smudging? Perhaps the heart understands better than the head because more people go to church on Ash Wednesday than on any other day of the year, including Christmas. The queues to receive the ashes in many churches are endless. Why? Why are the ashes so popular?

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The happy nihilism of Jerry Seinfeld

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 6, 2000

Nihilism has a curious variety of faces. Generally we think of it as some gloomy, philosophical ideology within which God does not exist, nothing means anything and suicide is explored as a positive option.

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