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The family: A kingdom under siege

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 15, 1999

The family today is a kingdom under siege. It is nearly impossible to exaggerate the importance of this fact. Many forces within our culture are conspiring against the family. What is happening? Simply put, at virtually every level, community is breaking down: Marriages are breaking up at unprecedented rates, families are moving apart as never before, neighbourhoods in essence no longer exist, civic life is fragmenting to the point where politics no longer work, and whole countries are breaking up. Clearly there is a certain cancer in the human community.

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Waiting between two paradises

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 8, 1999

In her recent novel, The Underpainter, Jane Urquhard offers some thoughts on waiting. Her main character, a brilliant artist whose capacity to live and relate healthily does not parallel his aesthetic talents, tells of a conversation he has had with Sara, his woman-friend of 16 years:

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The moral Achilles heel of a generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 1, 1999

A couple of years ago, out of a job and looking for work, one of my nephews was bouncing from one family member to the next, accepting whatever free room and meals might be given to him. He was young, travelling light, resilient, with a good attitude, and content enough to sleep on sofas and eat whatever anyone gave him. He wasn't one to panic quickly.

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Seeing life against an infinite horizon

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 22,1999

Karl Rahner once said that one of the secrets to faith is to always see your life "against an infinite horizon."

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When we put ourselves above God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 15, 1999

William Blake once said that should a fool persist in his folly eventually that folly would turn to wisdom.

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A balance of integrity and commitment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 8, 1999

In life there is a perennial tension between claiming our own needs and freedom and yet at the same time trying to live lives that are unselfish, generous and properly dutiful towards family, community, country, Church and God.

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Our generation has made progress

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 1, 1999

Is the world getting better or worse? Are we making moral and spiritual progress on this planet or are we sliding ever further into a moral and spiritual abyss?

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When there is enough light in the world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 25, 1999

There is a famous Jewish parable that runs something like this: Once upon a time there was a rabbi who was old, and very holy. One day he gathered his disciples and asked them this question: "When is there enough light in the world?"

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Bridging the unbridgeable gulf

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 18, 1999

Recently, Jean Vanier, the founder of l'Arche, delivered the prestigious Massey Lectures at the University of Toronto. Among many other things, he talked about crossing a certain abyss of fear. What is this abyss?

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Cracks where the light gets in our culture

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 11, 1999

"There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in." Whatever else Leonard Cohen had in mind when he coined that phrase, it says something about how wisdom, compassion and morality seep into our lives. There is a crack in everything. Our culture, of course, is no exception. Despite great technological progress and even some genuine moral achievement, all is far from well with the world. People are falling through its cracks and it is these persons – the sick, the unattractive, the broken, the handicapped, the untalented, those with Alzheimer's disease, the unborn and the poor in general – who are the crack where the light is entering. They give soul to our world.

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