Jay's Articles

Awaken from your sorrowful sleep

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 16, 2003

"And they were asleep out of sorrow." St. Luke uses those words to tell us why the disciples fell asleep during Jesus' agony in the garden. They fell asleep, he says, not because the hour was late and they were tired from the supper and the wine.

Let people fall in love with religious life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 9, 2003

Shortly after he entered the Trappists, Thomas Merton wrote the story of his conversion and journey to a monastery in a book, Seven Story Mountain. It became a best seller that, among other things, caught the romantic imagination of his generation. For years afterwards, Trappist monasteries were flooded with applications, not all for the right reasons of course, but a large number of men did become good monks because of a romantic ideal that Merton's story triggered.

Nailing down the reality of God takes faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 2, 2003

Why does God stay hidden? Why doesn't God reveal himself so concretely and physically that no one could doubt his existence?

Massacre witnesses teen's joyful faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 19, 2003

One of the students who died in the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., was a 17-year-old girl named Cassie Bernall.

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!

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!"

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.

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!"

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."

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.