Jay's Articles

God doesn't always demand centre stage

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 6, 2003

Last year, in a presentation at a symposium on Being Missionaries to our own Children, Michael Downey posed this question: How do we speak of God inside a culture that's pathologically distracted, distrusts religious language and Church institutions, and yet carries its own moral energy and virtue?

Face critics with wise discernment

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 29, 2003

Nobody goes through life without facing criticism, opposition, misunderstanding, suspicion, and, at some point, having to experience hatred.

Acknowledge your own complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 22, 2003

Holiness and wholeness are, ultimately, the same thing. To be holy is to be whole. That shouldn't surprise us; grace builds on nature. What's problematic is achieving wholeness. Why?

Abuse scandal is a dark night of the soul

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 15, 2003

For the Church in the Western world, particularly in the United States, the recent sexual abuse scandal is probably the biggest crisis we've yet faced, though it's not so much a crisis of faith as one of credibility.

Envy poisons the promise of eternal life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 8, 2003

Why do we struggle with the things we struggle with? What explains us to ourselves? The Bible begins with a series of stories that try to give reasons for the human condition. We're pretty familiar with one of these, Adam and Eve eating the apple, but less familiar with the story that follows it immediately.

The freedom of being Surprised by Joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 1, 2003

C.S. Lewis tells the story of his conversion in a little autobiographical piece entitled, Surprised by Joy. His journey has some things to teach us.

Soul's terminal illness ends in suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 25, 2003

Margaret Atwood once wrote that sometimes things need to be said, and said, and said, until they don't need to be said any more. Each year I write a column on suicide because, given the misconceptions about it, some things need to be said over and over.

Initiating faith in others is no simple task

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 21, 2003

We live in curious religious times. A spiritual renaissance of sorts is happening in the Western world, even as church attendance is in steep decline and fewer and fewer of our own children are walking the path of faith with us.

Eternity gives us the grace of perspective

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 14, 2003

We understand our lives best when we see them against the horizon of the infinite. Nowhere is this more important than in the belief that there is a life beyond this one.

Heal those old hurts by living a new way

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 30, 2003

Something important, I believe, can be learned from our reaction to capital punishment.