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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Suicide’s crippling shadow spills over friends, family

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 2010

Every year I write a column on suicide. It’s not my favourite thing to do, but I do it because there is too little in the public forum, secular or religious, on this painful issue. Suicide remains one of the great unmentionables and people who lose loved ones to suicide search mostly in vain for anything that might bring understanding and consolation.

 

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Ritual can be boring, but it will sustain our relationships

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 26, 2010

Never travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time. On a long trip there are bound to be some boring stretches.

That’s an axiom offered by Daniel Berrigan in his Commandments for the Long Haul and it contains a wisdom that is often absent today in our marriages, our family lives, our friendships, our churches and our spiritual lives.

 

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See one Pharaoh, then you’ve see them all

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 19, 2010

After Jesus had fed a crowd of more than 5,000 with five loaves and two fish, he asked his apostles to gather up the fragments that were left over, scattered here and there on the ground. They did as he asked and ended up filling 12 baskets with leftovers.

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In Exile: Fr. Ron Rolheiser

I was born into this world with a tortured complexity. For a long time I have puzzled over the causes of my psychological anguish.

Ruth Burrows, the renowned Carmelite writer, begins her autobiography with those words.

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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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Tend your garden of 'moral loneliness'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 24, 2003

Therese of Lisieux was much photographed. Her sister, Celine, loved using a camera and took lots of photos of Therese. Many of these survive. And there's an interesting element in them, as Ruth Burrows once observed: In all her photographs, Therese is always alone, somehow by herself, even in a group shot. There's a quality of loneliness about her in virtually every picture, no matter how many others are in the photo.

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Walking tall smothers the small talk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 17, 2003

The Gospels point out that, before his conversion, Zacchaeus was a short man, someone lacking in height, but that, after his conversion, the tall man gave back what the small man had stolen. Meeting Jesus, it seems, made Zacchaeus grow bigger in stature.

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