Columns

From the category archives: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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.

Read the rest of entry »

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.

Read the rest of entry »

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?

Read the rest of entry »

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.

Read the rest of entry »

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.

Read the rest of entry »

Set your spiritual alarm clock and embrace life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 16, 2013

In his autobiography, Report to Greco, Nikos Kazantzakis recounts a conversation he once had with an old monk. Kazantzakis, a young man at the time, was visiting a monastery and was very taken by a famed ascetic, Father Makarios, who lived there. But a series of visits with the old monk left him with some ambivalent feelings as well.

Read the rest of entry »

Every tear brings the messiah closer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 9, 2013

People are always impatient, but God is never in a hurry!" Nikos Kazantzakis wrote those words and they highlight an important truth: We need to be patient, infinitely patient, with God. We need to let things unfold in their proper time, God's time.

Read the rest of entry »

Faith and love flow with the ebb and tide of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 2, 2013

Faith is not something you achieve. If you try to nail it down, it gets up and walks away with the nail. Faith works this way: Some days you walk on water; other days you sink like a stone. You live with a deep secret, the poet Rumi says, that sometimes you know, and then not, and then know again. Sometimes you feel the real presence, and sometimes you feel the real absence. Why?

Read the rest of entry »

We all die still needing to be held by our mother

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 25, 2013

It's hard to say something consoling in the face of death, even when the person who died lived a full life and died in the best of circumstances.

Read the rest of entry »

Skip the scapegoating, transform it into love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 18, 2013

Many of us, I suspect, know about the work of the renowned anthropologist, Rene Girard and the dissemination of his insights through the work of his student, Gil Bailie. With gratitude to them, I pass along one of their insights, an invaluable look at how we try to handle resentment in our lives.

Read the rest of entry »