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Mourning, weeping in this valley of tears

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 20, 2000

My mother and father had a strong faith. They prayed every day and had us, as a family, pray with them. One of the prayers they said daily was the Salve Regina, an old, classic prayer which asks Mary to intercede for us. Many of us, I suspect, are familiar with it. At one point it describes our state in this life as "mourning and weeping in this valley of tears."

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Why does God seem so boring?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 13, 2000

Many of us struggle with prayer, both to take time to pray and then to be actually interested in God while we are praying. The problem is not just that we are restless and that prayer takes us away from other things, but also that we do not think that God is all that interesting.

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The ever-present miracle of daily life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 6, 2000

Shortly after his conversion, St. Augustine penned these immortal words: "Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unlovliness I plunged into the lovely things that you created. You were with me, but I was not with you."

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The tragic divorce of energy and wisdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 30, 2000

We are finding it ever harder to pass on our faith to our children. Perhaps the major reason for this is that today energy and wisdom are too separated from each other. What is meant by that?

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From God flows unlimited mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 23, 2000

Shortly after ordination, doing replacement work in a parish, I found myself in a rectory with a saintly old priest. He was over 80, nearly blind, but widely sought out and respected, especially as a confessor.

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Church under fire: How to respond

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 16, 2000

In much of North America and Western Europe, we live in an intellectual climate that is somewhat anti-Church and anti-clerical. In intellectual circles it is fashionable today to bash both Roman Catholicism and evangelical Protestantism.

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The Olympics as a showcase of beauty

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 9, 2000

The Olympics have just ended. I wasn't able to watch much of them, but did see the highlights most nights. What a curious, paradoxical mixture of things these games are.

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Another look at the notion of suicide

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 2, 2000

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column suggesting that we still have many misconceptions about suicide (WCR, Aug. 21). Among other things, I stated that many, perhaps most, people who die from suicide are, in the real meaning of those terms, not morally or otherwise responsible for their own deaths but are victims of a disease, not unlike cancer or heart failure.

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The view of Jesus as tragic anti-hero

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 25, 2000

My teenage years were a time of considerable loneliness. I remember myself only too well as a teen, driven by restlessness, haunted by unspoken dreams, full of youthful grandiosity, unsure of myself, shuffling hesitantly in the stag-line at the local dance.

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Priesthood tries to give human face to God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 18, 2000

The incarnation should never be confused with Disneyland. In the incarnation God enters into actual humanity – pain, ambiguity, misunderstanding, crucifixion. There's some purity there, on God's side; but, on our side, nothing is pure, including the priesthood.

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