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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Truth comes dressed in many different cloaks

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 12, 2014

When I was a student in the seminary, I had two kinds of teachers. One kind, precisely because they were fiercely loyal to all that is Christian and Catholic, would have us read great secular thinkers but always with the intent of helping to show where these thinkers were wrong. Our intellectual task as Catholic seminarians, they would tell us, is to defend Catholicism against the kinds of criticisms found in the writings of these secular, sometimes anti-Christian, thinkers and to keep our faith and teaching free of their influence.

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Voices of the tortured must be remembered as an Easter song

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 28, 2014

Easter is about many things. We celebrate God's power to overcome death, sin, and injustice, but we also celebrate the voices and wounds of the ones who died on Good Friday. To illustrate this, I would like to recount one such voice, that of an anonymous young woman who was brutally raped and murdered by the Salvadoran military in 1981, at a place fittingly called La Cruz. The story was reported by Mark Danner, a journalist.

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Our health depends on giving wealth to the poor

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 14, 2014

We need to give away some of our own possessions in order to be healthy. Wealth that is hoarded always corrupts those who possess it. Any gift that is not shared turns sour. If we are not generous with our gifts we will be bitterly envied and will eventually turn bitter and envious ourselves.

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Soul's dark nights can bring one to greater purity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 31, 2014

After Mother Teresa died, her diaries revealed something that shocked many people, namely, during the last 60 years of her life, from age 27 until she died at age 87, she struggled to imagine that God existed and had no affective experience of either the person or the existence of God. Yet, during all those years, everything in her life incarnated and radiated an exceptional, one-in-a-hundred-million, selflessness, altruism and faith commitment.

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Creative performers make love to the song

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 17, 2014

There are three kinds of performers: The first, while singing a song or doing a dance, are making love to themselves. The second, while performing, are making love to the audience. The third, while on stage, are making love to the song, to the dance, to the drama itself. Of course, it's not difficult to discern who the better performer is. The one making love to the song, of course, best honours the song and draws energy from some deeper place. He or she does this by entering into and channeling the energy of the song rather than by entering into and channeling their own energy or the energy of the audience.

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Youthful resistance can give rise to final harmony

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 3, 2014

Sometimes while presiding at the Eucharist or preaching, I scan the faces in the front pews. What do they reveal? A few are eager, attentive, focused on what's happening. But a goodly number of faces, particularly among the young, speak of boredom, of dram duty and of a resignation that says: I have to be in the church just now, though I wish I was elsewhere.

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Appearance of sanctity may turn out to be depression

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 17, 2014

External appearances can easily fool us, and often do. That's true in every area of human life, and religion is no exception. Some years ago, I lived in a seminary for nearly two years with a young seminarian who, by all outward appearances, appeared to be the ideal candidate for priesthood and ministry. Intelligent, conscientious, prayerful, strongly committed to his studies and with a deep concern for the poor, he seemed above the more mundane and secular concerns of his peers.

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Knowing one's own light is linked with knowing God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 3, 2014

Given the speed and change in our world today, the oceans of information given us by the new technologies, the speed with which knowledge passes through our lives, the increasing specialization in higher education, and the ever-increasing complexity of our lives, you occasionally hear someone say, usually after offering an opinion on something: But what do I know anyway?

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Ten books that met my taste last year

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 20, 2014

De gustibus non est disputandum. That's a famous line from St. Augustine wherein he suggests that taste is subjective and that what one person fancies might not be to another person's liking. Under that canopy I would like to recommend the following books to you.

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God writes the story of faith with crooked lines

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 23, 2013

If someone who had never heard the story of Jesus were to ask us about his origins, we would, I suspect, begin with the story of his annunciation and birth and end with the story of his resurrection and ascension.

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