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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Writer in exile calls home after 20 years

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 25, 2002

Nov. 15 marked an anniversary of sorts for me – 20 years of writing this column. I began it in 1982 as a bi-weekly piece while I was doing doctoral studies in Louvain, Belgium.

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Prayer, like love asks us to surrender

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 18, 2002

It's not easy to be centred, rooted, secure in who we are, able to give the world our best.

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Gossip just might be good for the group

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 11, 2002

In his novel, Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey, offers this colourful image of gossip. In a small town there are rumours about the priest and a certain woman.

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Romance is God's foretaste of heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 4, 2002

Inside a little book entitled, The Thomas Merton Poems, J.S. Porter writes this piece:

There's too much of everything
books, stars, flowers.

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Leading a moral life is a lonely affair

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2002

In an autobiographical novel entitled, My First Loves, Ivan Klima, a Czech writer, talks about a pain he endured as a young man. Growing up without religious training and living amidst a group of young men and women not inclined towards sexual and other restraints, he sometimes found himself alone and isolated in terms of his feelings. For reasons he couldn't explain, he, unlike his friends, simply couldn't give himself over to certain forms of youthful revelry. His conscience was reticent and he was haunted by a feeling that solitude should be carried at some high level.

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Skin need to be touched to heal

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 21, 2002

A few years ago, Brenda Peterson wrote a book of essays entitled, Nature and Other Mothers. Her first entry is wonderfully named, In Praise of Skin. In it, she tells how at one point in her life painful skin rashes afflicted her. Like the woman with the hemorrhage in the Gospels, she tried every possible doctor but found no cure. Medication after medication proved ineffective, and eventually the doctors ran out of things to try. The rash always came back.

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Polished prayer stones slay mighty fears

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 14, 2002

There are times when we can only live by hope, when what confronts us is so overwhelming, so huge, so utterly beyond our strength, that it's simply hopeless, or a joke, to try to muster any resources against it. Sometimes we need a magic wand, something supernatural and beyond us, to come and defeat what cannot be defeated. But that's child's fantasy! Or is it?

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Learn soul language, for our child's sake

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 7, 2002

Kathleen Norris' recent book, Amazing Grace, is subtitled, A Vocabulary of Faith. What's implied here is that Christian faith, timeless in content, needs to struggle to articulate itself meaningfully today. Eternal truths must still find a vocabulary so that they can be spoken and heard within a particular time and culture.

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God's grace can stick in our bitter craw

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 30, 2002

It was William Auden, I think, who wrote that when grace enters a room everyone begins to dance.

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Want reality prayer? Turn to the psalms

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 23, 2002

"God behaves in the psalms in ways he is not allowed to behave in systemic theology."

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