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The reality of God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 2, 2001

In her book, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, Ruth Burrows makes an interesting comment on Th‚rŠse of Lisieux. Looking at photographs of her, Burrows points that there is a quality of separateness, of being alone, that Th‚rŠse's face always exhibits, even when she is in a group. Something always set her apart, even though she was a very sociable person.

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A parable of God's grace and love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 9, 2001

Piet Fransen wrote many important books, but he will always be most remembered for giving us a wonderful parable that runs something like this:

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Stand before life, holding out empty hands

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 16, 2001

Theologian, James Mackey, once shared this story: A man he knew was part of a hunting expedition in Africa. His group was camped in a jungle. One morning he left camp early, hiked a few miles into the bush by himself, and shot two wild turkeys.

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In defense of the victims of suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 20, 2001

Each year I write an article on suicide because so many people live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way.

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The mindless culture of amazement

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 27, 2001

In the mid-1990s, a novel by Robert Waller, The Bridges of Madison County, took America by storm. It was the number-one, best-selling book for an entire year and eventually was turned into a popular film of the same title.

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Freedom and bondage in religion

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 3, 2001

Kathleen Norris, commenting on her own faith-journey, makes an interesting comment regarding the ambivalent way in which faith and Church have come down to us. Her words:

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The wonder of being born from above

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 10, 2001

In a wonderful series of commentaries on Scripture, John Shea presents a powerful story on what it means to be born again, to be born from above, as Jesus says. A man he knows, tells how he was born twice of the same woman. This man's story:

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Priest's 'diary' reflects on ordinary life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 17, 2001

Several months ago, the religious editor at Doubleday sent me pre-release copy of a book by a young priest from New York named Edward Beck. Entitled, God Underneath, Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest, the book is an autobiography of sorts. The editor asked me to comment on it. Here's the comment:

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Priest's 'diary' reflects on ordinary life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 17, 2001

Several months ago, the religious editor at Doubleday sent me pre-release copy of a book by a young priest from New York named Edward Beck. Entitled, God Underneath, Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest, the book is an autobiography of sorts. The editor asked me to comment on it. Here's the comment:

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Our light must shine so others can see

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 24, 2001

Quote: When God gives us a gift, God expects a certain return.

In his inaugural address, Nelson Mandela suggests that false humility hurts us as much as false pride. His words: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.

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