Jay's Articles

Mourn daydreams that don't come true

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 2004

In the Jewish Scriptures there's a story that's unique both in its capacity to shock and to fascinate.

Society panders to image, illusion

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2004

My old philosophical mentor, Eric Mascall, used to say that, in our time, all the goods are in the store window and there's little under the counter. He was commenting on empiricism as a philosophy and how it was slowly robbing daily life of its mystery and depth. Sadly, that comment made years ago, rings true today at a different level.

Three personalities in one person

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 26, 2004

Catherine de Hueck Doherty, the founder of Madonna House, once gave a wonderfully insightful interview. A renowned and respected spiritual figure, she acknowledged that her path wasn't easy. Why? Because, like the rest of us, she was pathologically complex. Being a human being, she suggested, isn't easy.

Sincerity means we finally must grow up

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 12, 2004

We live with two great desires. Beyond our desire for intimacy we also want sincerity. But, like intimacy, thisis elusive. It's not easy to be sincere.

In our lives, there is no room at the inn

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 22, 2003

Christmas is like a well-cut diamond. Every time you turn it in the sun it gives off a different sparkle. It has many meanings.

Our task is to give birth to Christ

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 15, 2003

"Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!" Picture the scene: Jesus has just impressed a crowd and a woman, probably a mother, shouts out: "You must have had a wonderful mother!"

Find mother Mary to rediscover your faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 8, 2003

Devotional prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, has always been the centrepiece of Catholic piety. Among other things, those devotions have focused upon various Marian shrines, places where Mary allegedly appeared, Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Medjugorje, among other places.

Purgatory leads the dead soul to heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 1, 2003

"A common soldier dies without fear, Christ died afraid." Iris Murdoch wrote those words. Among other things, they unmask the simplistic notion that if one has faith and a clean conscience he or she will face death more serenely than someone who dies in bad conscience or dies lacking faith and virtue.

Tend your garden of 'moral loneliness'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 24, 2003

Therese of Lisieux was much photographed. Her sister, Celine, loved using a camera and took lots of photos of Therese. Many of these survive. And there's an interesting element in them, as Ruth Burrows once observed: In all her photographs, Therese is always alone, somehow by herself, even in a group shot. There's a quality of loneliness about her in virtually every picture, no matter how many others are in the photo.

Walking tall smothers the small talk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 17, 2003

The Gospels point out that, before his conversion, Zacchaeus was a short man, someone lacking in height, but that, after his conversion, the tall man gave back what the small man had stolen. Meeting Jesus, it seems, made Zacchaeus grow bigger in stature.

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