Columns

From the category archives: Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Writer uncovers hard, personal truths on Spain's Camino walk

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 7, 2013

Several years ago, Hollywood produced a movie about the famous Camino walk in Spain. Entitled The Way, it chronicles the story of a father whose son was killed in an accident shortly after beginning this famous 500-mile pilgrimage.

Read the rest of entry »

All are naked when standing in need of the Lord's mercy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 30, 2013

It's hard not to fake humility; yet, seemingly, we need to do just that.

Read the rest of entry »

Painful loss of roots helps us appreciate unchanging truths

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 23, 2013

Home is where we start from." T.S. Eliot wrote that and it describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. I cite my own case:

Read the rest of entry »

Atheism reveals religion's blind spots, hypocrisy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 16, 2013

In his monumental study of atheism, Michael Buckley suggests that atheism is invariably a parasite that feeds off bad religion. It feeds off bad religion, picks on bad religion and picks apart bad religion.

Read the rest of entry »

Christianity means being sent, not being cocooned

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 9, 2013

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, "I am still trying to figure out how to be spent." His retort echoes a line from Teresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful?

Read the rest of entry »

Jesus' fire provides no rationale for hate-filled division

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 2, 2013

I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing. . . . Do you think that I have come to establish peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three.

Read the rest of entry »

God’s generosity should not stir us to be jealous

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 26, 2013

In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story:

Read the rest of entry »

God is so beyond our comprehension, faith may seem impossible

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 22, 2013

God is ineffable. This is a truth that's universally accepted as dogma among all Christians and within all the great religions of the world. What does it mean?

Read the rest of entry »

Addiction to comfort hinders fulfilling our vocations

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 15, 2013

Fifty years ago, Kay Cronin, wrote a book entitled, Cross in the Wilderness, chronicling how, in 1847, a small band of Oblate missionaries came from France to the American Pacific Northwest and, after some bitter setbacks in Washington State and Oregon, moved up the coast into Canada and helped found the Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver and in significant parts of British Columbia's mainland.

Read the rest of entry »

It's off to work we go, and go, and go and miss out on life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 1, 2013

There are dangers in overwork, no matter how good the work and no matter how noble the motivation for doing it. Spiritual guides, beginning with Jesus, have always warned of the dangers of becoming too taken up in our work.

Read the rest of entry »