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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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.

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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?

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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.

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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:

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Do we die with a hard heart or a soft soul?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 24, 2013

Several years ago, at a conference that I attended, the keynote speaker challenged his audience in this way: All of us are members of various communities: we live in families, are part of Church congregations, have colleagues with whom we work, have a circle of friends and are part of a larger civic community.

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Greeley gave reasons for the hope that is within us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 17, 2013

As a young seminarian in the late 1960s, I was very taken by the writings of Andrew Greeley, a priest in Chicago, who was churning out books on popular spirituality. I found his approach wonderfully refreshing because, at least to my mind, he dealt with our perennial religious struggles in a way that was both more realistic and more hope-filled than most of the religious literature to which I had then been exposed.

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Hurry, scurry right past what is truly important in life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2013

Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress, raises our blood pressure, makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously, blinds us to the needs of others. Haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying.

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