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Contemplation allows the joy of presence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 7, 2003

One of the great spiritual writers of our time is Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk. Merton, though, wasn't born in a monastery. A checkered past and a driving restlessness led him there and what he was looking for was solitude, respite from a temperament that would not let him rest.

Pray in an affective way: Keep it simple

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 31, 2003

A couple of years ago, I attended a six-day retreat given by Robert Michel, an Oblate colleague and a highly sought-after spiritual mentor. His approach was disarming. Most of us are forever looking for something novel, at the cutting edge, outside the box, something complex, but what he offered was stunningly simple and down-to-earth.

Offer up your priestly prayers for peace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 24, 2003

One of the responsibilities of being an adult is that of praying for the world. Like the high priests of old, we need to offer up prayers daily for others. Indeed, we are all priests, ordained by the oils of Baptism and consecrated by the burdens of life that have given us wrinkles and grey hair.

Battle spiritual ennui with your prayers

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 17, 2003

Jan Walgrave once commented that our present culture constitutes a virtual conspiracy against the interior life. He wasn't suggesting that somewhere there is a deliberate force that is consciously scheming to keep us from interiority and prayer, but rather that an accidental flowing-together of forces and circumstances in history are making it difficult for us to live the examined life.

Take it to the Lord in prayer – right now

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 10, 2003

One classical definition of prayer defines it this way: "Prayer is lifting mind and heart to God."

Remember, Jesus is our personal saviour

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 3, 2003

Twenty years ago, the renowned Scripture scholar, Raymond Brown, gave a series of lectures to an ecumenical audience on how the various New Testament writers understood the Church that Jesus left us. Reflecting on how the evangelist John understood the Church, he said:

Preach and practise Christ's social gospel

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 24, 2003

It's fashionable today to bash the Churches, not just in terms of the scandals within them that hit the newspapers, but in terms of making them out to be enemies of the poor.

Bow down and worship God's mysteries

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2003

Recently I attended a symposium on inter-religious dialogue. The keynote speakers were all excellent, with a single exception. One speaker suggested that one of the problems with Christianity is that it still contains too many elements unacceptable to the critical mind.

Look for a home with your faith family

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 10, 2003

Among the kinds of loneliness that afflict us, there's one we don't often recognize or deal with very well – the loneliness of moving on. There's a loneliness that comes with leaving home, with forever losing loved ones, loved places and loved things.

OK, it's time to go to the meeting

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 3, 2003

If you're someone who's at all concerned about community, family, Church, justice, education, culture or civic issues, you will, no doubt, find yourself at a lot of meetings. A colleague of mine likes to quip: "When they write our history, they'll simply say, `They met a lot!'"

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