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We never quite make it to Emmaus

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 30, 2001

Every dream eventually gets crucified. How? By time, circumstance, jealousy and that curious, perverse dictate, somehow innate in the order of things, that insures that there is always someone or something that cannot leave well enough alone, but, for reasons of its own, must hunt down and strike what is good.

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Keeping vigil as we await new meaning

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 16, 2001

In her novel, The Underpainter, Jane Urquhart describes a painful time in the life of a woman named Sara.

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The Eucharist as washing others' feet

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 9, 2001

In his rather provocative, though always interesting, autobiography, Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt tells of a confession he once made as a young boy in Limerick, Ireland. His mother had just given birth and their in-laws from the North had sent five pounds to buy milk for the new baby.

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Eucharist is basic form of reconciliation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 2, 2001

Few persons have understood the Eucharist as deeply as St. Augustine. His homilies on it are precious, particularly those delivered to newly baptized adults receiving the Eucharist for the first time. In one of these he tells them that their sins are forgiven at the Eucharist:

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The Sacrificial role of the Eucharist

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 26, 2001

Once upon a time there was a rabbi. Whenever he wanted God's presence, he went to a special place in the woods, lit a fire, said some prayers and did a dance. Then God would appear to him.

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Eucharist as manna for daily living

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 19, 2001

A friend of mine, an alcoholic in recovery, likes to explain the dynamics of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting this way: "It's funny, the meetings are always the same, the exact same things get said over and over.

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The Eucharist moulds us into community

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 12, 2001

There is a story told about a Jewish farmer who, because he was careless, had to spend a Sabbath day in his field. Preoccupied with his work, he had let the sun go down without going home. Being a pious believer, he was not allowed to travel until sunset the next day.

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The Eucharist is God's physical embrace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 5, 2001

There's a story told of a young Jewish boy named Mortakai who refused to go to school. When he was six years old, his mother took him to school, but he cried and protested all the way and, immediately after she left, ran back home.

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The acid test of Christianity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 26, 2001

In a recent issue of America magazine, John Donahue makes this comment: "Virtually no Christian group has adopted Jesus' teaching on love of enemy as the critical test of orthodoxy. Yet Jesus issues four ringing commands: love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you."

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In Prayer, talk to God, not to yourself

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 19, 2001

One classic definition of prayer tells us that prayer is raising mind and heart to God. In essence, that says it all. The problem is that often we raise our minds but not our hearts. Our prayer tends to be intellectual but not affective and we tend to think of prayer more as a way of gaining insight than as way of being touched in the heart.

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