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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Walking the single path in life brings joy and sadness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 11, 2013

The universe works in pairs. From atoms to the human species, generativity is predicated on union with another. Happiness, it would seem, is also predicated on that. So where does that leave singles and celibates? How can they be normal, generative and happy?

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Weeping is healthy, whining is not

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 4, 2013

Karl Rogers once suggested that what's most private within us is also most universal. His belief was that many of the private feelings that we would be ashamed to admit in public are, ironically, the very feelings which, if expressed, would resonate most deeply inside the experience of others.

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Theology and catechesis follow different paths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 28, 2013

There has always been an innate and healthy tension between theology and catechesis, between what's happening in theology departments in universities and the church pew. Theologians and bishops are often not each other's favourite people. And that's understandable. Why?

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Suicide results from an emotional cancer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 21, 2013

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. In the United States alone, there are more than 33,000 suicides a year. That averages out to 90 such deaths per day, about three to four every hour.

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Goodness marches on imperceptibly in hidden places

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 14, 2013

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? Can good ever really arise out of evil? Do love, truth, and justice ever work out through hatred, lies and injustice? Do crooked lines really straighten?

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