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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Prophetic challenges for our generation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 18, 1999

Our world stands in need of prophecy. No one doubts this. It would seem too that there is no shortage of voices which claim to be prophetic. From every kind of religious and ideological camp there issue forth numerous voices, each one claiming to bring the particular challenge needed.

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A crying need for Gospel artists

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 11, 1999

In the literary world a distinction is made between a critic and an artist. A critic assesses things, an artist produces them.

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Being in solidarity with a mixed world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 4, 1999

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, in his Mass for the World, shares how he personally understands the offering of the bread and wine at the Eucharist.

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Inadequacy and humiliation await us all

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 27, 1999

Several years ago, at a retreat, I witnessed an interesting exchange between two men.

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Why be good if God loves us anyway?

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 20, 1999

Recently I had lunch with a former student of mine, a very idealistic young man who teaches religion in a Catholic high school. He shared with me about his struggles in trying to teach young people about God.

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Teaching on original sin contains wisdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 1999

My parents had a working theology of original sin. Perhaps they weren't exactly clear as to what original sin was. But they had, at the core of their understanding of life, a deep sense of its substance.

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The fear of revealing our weaknesses

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 1999

During the last year of her life, Therese of Lisieux corresponded regularly with a young man named Maurice who was preparing to become a missionary.

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God's love reaches through locked doors

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 23, 1999

About one year ago, I wrote a column on suicide. Among other things, I suggested that suicide is the most misunderstood of all deaths. Given the positive response to that piece, I would like take things further here, suggesting as well that our faith in God should give us ultimate consolation in the face of the suicide of a loved one.

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Beauty has the power to transform us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 19, 1999

Few things in this life have the raw power of beauty.

What's beautiful stuns us, holds us, draws us to itself, awakens us, and transforms us. Beauty enchants. Drawn by its power, we stretch beyond ourselves and grasp for more light and love. It is no accident that Confucius, perhaps the greatest educational expert of all time, based his whole system on the power of beauty.

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Turning the other cheek unveils violence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 12, 1999

One of the best-known but most-ignored lines in Scripture is Jesus' challenge to "turn the other cheek." What did he mean by it?

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