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God made us godly, almost divine

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 12, 2003

A couple of years ago, I was at the home of some friends for a dinner. During the meal, their kids, all quite young, had been rather loud, cranky, self-absorbed, and unmannered, as is the way sometimes with young children and with the ups and downs of the dinner table. After the meal, when they'd left to play in an adjoining room, the mother, tired and frustrated from her battle of wills with them, made this comment: "Sometimes when I look at my kids, I blush with a kind of shame because I see myself in their faults!

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Don't miss the angels of the hours

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 5, 2003

Carpe diem! Everyone wants to seize the day. But as Irish novelist, John McGahern, says: "There is nothing more difficult to seize than the day!"

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Stuck between rainbow and the cross

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 28, 2003

In the Hebrew Scriptures we are presented with the rainbow as a sign of the resurrection and of God's unconditional love for us. What a beautiful, wonderful, apt symbol! A rainbow bends light so as to refract it and show what it looks like on the inside, its colours, its mystery, its spectacular beauty. Light has a beautiful inside that we can't always see.

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Forgive them, they know not what they do

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 21, 2003

As Jesus is being crucified, he asks his Father to forgive his killers. These are his words: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing!"

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Show up! Show up regularly for prayer!

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 14, 2003

In a homily at a wedding, Dietrich Bonhoeffer once gave this advice to a young couple: "Today you are young and very much in love and you think that your love can sustain your marriage. It can't. Let your marriage sustain your love."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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