Jay's Articles

Take away the sky and the earth wilts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 2004

Words are really all we have to fend off the chaos. They can't make or remake reality, but they can give us a vision with which to lift ourselves out of the ordinary.

Share your unspeakable loneliness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2004

When Kim Campbell was prime minister of Canada she gave a candid interview to Maclean's magazine within which she spoke of the ups and downs of being a public figure. You are surrounded by people, she said, but sometimes you live in "an unspeakable loneliness."

Priestly prayer gives to all, not just you

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 8, 2004

Theologians make an important distinction between what they call devotional and liturgical prayer. Devotional prayer, they tell us, is private in nature and is meant to help sustain us personally on the spiritual journey. Liturgical prayer, by contrast, is public by nature, the Church's prayer (not our own), is universal in scope, and is intended for the needs of the world.

God made and treasures each of us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 2004

The opposite of belief is not non-belief, but anxiety. To not believe, to not have faith, is to be anxious in a particular way. What way?

Embrace failure in the second half of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2004

"During the second-half of life, success no longer teaches us anything. It still feels good, but we don't learn from it. Now we learn more from failure."

Truth alone breaks the Da Vinici Code

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2004

Most of us, I suspect, are familiar with Dan Brown's runaway bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Here's the storyline: Looking at Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, Brown proposesthe figure on Jesus' right, the "beloved disciple," is Mary Magdala, who married Jesus, bore him a child and was Jesus' real choice to succeed him as leader. Moreover what she represents (the goddess, the eternal feminine, sexuality) is the Holy Grail,the real quest of every heart. But the official Church, from its beginning to this very day, has suppressed this, often violently, burning to death more than five million women in the process.

Hiding love makes you a fool, not cool

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 2004

Michael Buckley, the American Jesuit, once did a fascinating study of Jesus and Socrates, comparing them in terms of human excellence. The result? In many aspects, Jesus appears to be the weaker of the two men.

Divine seeds grow greatness or ruin

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 4, 2004

Rock star, Janis Joplin, was once asked, "What's it like being a pop idol?" Her answer: "It can be awful sometimes. You have no idea how hard it is to go out on stage and make love to 20,000 people and then go home and have to sleep alone!"

Church – a sanctuary for our brokenness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 27, 2004

The Church today, at least in the West, it is not a very happy place. Gone are the wonder and the joy of being young, the innocent laughter that so characterizes us when we're still pre-neurotic. There's a middle-aged heaviness to the Church today, a certain sadness. We're grieving a lot of things:

Unfurl the beauty of the Catholic Church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 20, 2004

In the movie, The English Patient, there's a wonderful scene, stunning in its lesson:

A number of people from various countries are thrown together by circumstance in an abandoned villa in post-war Italy. Among them are a young nurse, attending to an English pilot who's been badly burned in an air-crash, and a young Asian man whose job it is to find and defuse land-mines. The young man and the nurse become friends and, one day, he announces he has a special surprise for her.

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