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Confession prepares the way of the Lord

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 20, 1999

John the Baptist tries to prepare the way for Jesus by calling people to repentance: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." Whatever else that means, it includes the idea that one of the best ways we can prepare for Christmas is by making a good, honest, searing Confession. To repent means to confess our sins.

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Daydreams point to God's kingdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 13, 1999

In our longing we intuit the kingdom of God. Our desires and our daydreams point us towards heaven. How so?

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Achieving perfection amidst imperfection

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 1999

There are two classical concepts of perfection, one Greek and the other Hebrew. In the Greek ideal, to be perfect is to have no deficiencies, no faults, no flaws. Perfection, to the Greek mind, means to measure up to some ideal standard, to be completely whole, true, good and beautiful. To be perfect then is never to sin.

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The philosopher of a lonely freedom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 29, 1999

For nearly 10 years, I was part of a pastoral team that conducted a program for young couples preparing for marriage. My job was to give the talk on the sacrament of marriage.

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Holding hands across the chasm of death

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 1999

Why pray for the dead? Does this make any sense? What possible difference can our prayers make to a person once he or she has died?

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Facing in a completely new direction

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 1999

"Repent and believe in the good news!" These are the first words out of Jesus' mouth in Mark's Gospel and they are meant as a summary of the entire Gospel. But what do these words mean?

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The two faces of the devil

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 8, 1999

We need a healthier theology of satan. Rather a strange thing to say! Can there be a theology of the devil? Perhaps not in the strict sense. Theology after all is meant to be words about God (Theos-God; logos-word).

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An imperceptible decline into bitterness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 1999

Within all of literature few tragedies compare with the biblical story of Saul. The story begins with a young man, Saul, who at this time in his life has no equal in terms of being handsome, gracious and good. The people recognize this and make him their king.

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Peace to those who enjoy God's favour

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 1999

At one point in her novel, Men and Angels, Mary Gordon describes a young mother who each day has a little ritual as she waits for her children to come home from school. She sets a chair by the window so she can lean on it. In that way she can see her children as they run up to the house but she can also use the chair to steady herself.

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Prophetic challenges for our generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 1999

Our world stands in need of prophecy. No one doubts this. It would seem too that there is no shortage of voices which claim to be prophetic. From every kind of religious and ideological camp there issue forth numerous voices, each one claiming to bring the particular challenge needed.

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