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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Name the emotion and healing begins

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 13, 2004

"A symptom suffers most when it doesn't know were it belongs."

James Hillman wrote that and I learned what it means when I was 17 years old. At that tender age, I entered a religious order, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Like everyone that age, I was pretty restless, overfull with desire, and that was soon compounded by the isolation I experienced during the early years of seminary formation.

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Candles of hope dispel daily news gloom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 6, 2004

Henri Nouwen was once asked: "Are you an optimist?" His reply: "No, not naturally, but that isn't important. I live in hope, not optimism." Teilhard de Chardin once said the same thing in different words when he was accused of being overly-idealistic and unrealistic in the face of all the negative things one sees in the world. A critic had challenged him: "Suppose we blow up the world with a nuclear bomb, what then happens to your vision of a world coming together in peace?"

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Honour your dead loved ones' lives

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 29, 2004

As Christians, we believe in the "communion of saints." We believe that those who have died are not only still alive but that they are, as well, still in a real relationship with us.

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Take away the sky and the earth wilts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 2004

Words are really all we have to fend off the chaos. They can't make or remake reality, but they can give us a vision with which to lift ourselves out of the ordinary.

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Share your unspeakable loneliness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 15, 2004

When Kim Campbell was prime minister of Canada she gave a candid interview to Maclean's magazine within which she spoke of the ups and downs of being a public figure. You are surrounded by people, she said, but sometimes you live in "an unspeakable loneliness."

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Priestly prayer gives to all, not just you

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 8, 2004

Theologians make an important distinction between what they call devotional and liturgical prayer. Devotional prayer, they tell us, is private in nature and is meant to help sustain us personally on the spiritual journey. Liturgical prayer, by contrast, is public by nature, the Church's prayer (not our own), is universal in scope, and is intended for the needs of the world.

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God made and treasures each of us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 1, 2004

The opposite of belief is not non-belief, but anxiety. To not believe, to not have faith, is to be anxious in a particular way. What way?

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Embrace failure in the second half of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 25, 2004

"During the second-half of life, success no longer teaches us anything. It still feels good, but we don't learn from it. Now we learn more from failure."

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Truth alone breaks the Da Vinici Code

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 2004

Most of us, I suspect, are familiar with Dan Brown's runaway bestseller, The Da Vinci Code. Here's the storyline: Looking at Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, Brown proposesthe figure on Jesus' right, the "beloved disciple," is Mary Magdala, who married Jesus, bore him a child and was Jesus' real choice to succeed him as leader. Moreover what she represents (the goddess, the eternal feminine, sexuality) is the Holy Grail,the real quest of every heart. But the official Church, from its beginning to this very day, has suppressed this, often violently, burning to death more than five million women in the process.

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Hiding love makes you a fool, not cool

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 2004

Michael Buckley, the American Jesuit, once did a fascinating study of Jesus and Socrates, comparing them in terms of human excellence. The result? In many aspects, Jesus appears to be the weaker of the two men.

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