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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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Beware the ugly green-eyed monster

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 13, 2004

The award-winning Broadway play, Children of a Lesser God, tells an interesting story of how love can go wrong, even when it seems like it's going right.

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Mourn daydreams that don't come true

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 2004

In the Jewish Scriptures there's a story that's unique both in its capacity to shock and to fascinate.

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Society panders to image, illusion

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2004

My old philosophical mentor, Eric Mascall, used to say that, in our time, all the goods are in the store window and there's little under the counter. He was commenting on empiricism as a philosophy and how it was slowly robbing daily life of its mystery and depth. Sadly, that comment made years ago, rings true today at a different level.

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Three personalities in one person

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 26, 2004

Catherine de Hueck Doherty, the founder of Madonna House, once gave a wonderfully insightful interview. A renowned and respected spiritual figure, she acknowledged that her path wasn't easy. Why? Because, like the rest of us, she was pathologically complex. Being a human being, she suggested, isn't easy.

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Sincerity means we finally must grow up

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 12, 2004

We live with two great desires. Beyond our desire for intimacy we also want sincerity. But, like intimacy, thisis elusive. It's not easy to be sincere.

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In our lives, there is no room at the inn

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 22, 2003

Christmas is like a well-cut diamond. Every time you turn it in the sun it gives off a different sparkle. It has many meanings.

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Our task is to give birth to Christ

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 15, 2003

"Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!" Picture the scene: Jesus has just impressed a crowd and a woman, probably a mother, shouts out: "You must have had a wonderful mother!"

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Find mother Mary to rediscover your faith

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 8, 2003

Devotional prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, has always been the centrepiece of Catholic piety. Among other things, those devotions have focused upon various Marian shrines, places where Mary allegedly appeared, Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, Medjugorje, among other places.

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Purgatory leads the dead soul to heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 1, 2003

"A common soldier dies without fear, Christ died afraid." Iris Murdoch wrote those words. Among other things, they unmask the simplistic notion that if one has faith and a clean conscience he or she will face death more serenely than someone who dies in bad conscience or dies lacking faith and virtue.

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