Jay's Articles

Rejecting alluring amorality takes grace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 6, 2002

It's hard not to envy the amoral, especially if you're dutifully trying to be faithful to God, commitments, family, Church and the commandments.

Catholicism's rich tradition of the heart

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 29, 2002

There has probably never been a time in the Church, certainly not in recent centuries, where we have had as healthy a theology as today. The past 40 years have been a time of great scholarship in Scripture and theology. There are now more theologians studying and writing than ever before and they are more scholarly-conscientious than ever before.

We wait to hear the voice that soothes

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 22, 2002

Inside each of us there is a deep, congenital restlessness. We are not restful beings who sometimes get restless, but restless beings who occasionally experience rest. Karl Rahner, I believe, had it right when he said that we do not have souls that get restless, but that our souls themselves are lonely caverns thirsting for the infinite, deep wells of restlessness that make us ache to sleep with the whole world and all that is beyond.

Admire, but do not possess, beauty

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 15, 2002

The older I get the more convinced I am that spiritual maturity lies in the simple capacity to admire – to admire beauty, admire talent and admire youth, without trying to possess them.

God's magical love sustains our lives

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 8, 2002

As children, we believe in fairy tales and nurse the naive idea there is a divine magic which will swish away all evil, injustice, and pain and make a happy ending to everything.

The cross allows us to see God as love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 1, 2002

There's a particularly poignant line in the account of Jesus' death which says that, when he died, "the veil in the sanctuary was torn from top to bottom." I remember, as a boy picturing it literally, and thinking: "Now they'll know what a terrible thing they've done!"

Christ's love melts fear, breathes peace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 25, 2002

There's a curious line in our creed, which says that immediately following his death, Jesus "descended into hell." What possibly can that mean?

Cross borne by the excluded one

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 18, 2002

Several years ago, in Canada's prairies, not far from where I was born and raised, a man named Robert Latimer killed Tracy, his severely-handicapped daughter. He put her into the family truck, hooked a tube to the exhaust-emission, sealed the windows and doors and let her fall asleep.

The cross shows the high cost of love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 11, 2002

One of the best-selling books in England at present is a novel by Tony Parson, Man and Boy. In it, Parson reflects upon some of the strengths and weaknesses of today's young adults, Generation X.

In his passion, Jesus stops being a doer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 4, 2002

We speak of one section of the Gospels, that which narrates Jesus' life from the Last Supper until his death and burial, as chronicling his passion. On Good Friday, the lector begins the Gospel reading with the words: "The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John."