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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

A new look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 16, 1998

The American poet, Robert Frost, once wrote that there is a congenital something in us that hates a wall. Well, there is also something, just as non-eradicable, that loves a list, especially in us who are cradle Catholics.

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This has nothing to do with happiness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 9, 1998

In Iris Murdoch's novel, A Severed Head, the hero becomes obsessed with a woman he hardly knows, but who has a paralyzing emotional grip on him. At one point, he has to choose whether he will have an affair with her.

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Jesus avoids 'redemptive violence'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 2, 1998

Few things warm the heart as does the myth of redemptive violence. This myth, very different than that taught us by Jesus, lies in the root of the Western soul. It forms the basis for countless, heart-warming novels, movies, songs and children's stories, and is generally substituted for the actual story of God's redemption.

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The church manages an ascension

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 23, 1998

A friend of mine, who is somewhat bitter and cynical about the church, recently remarked: "What the institutional church today is trying to do is to put the best face on the fact that it's dying. Basically, it's trying to manage a death!"

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Pornography robs us of child-like joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 16, 1998

Some years ago, CBC TV aired a drama that ran something like this:

Three middle-aged couples from Ontario decided to take a summer camping holiday together. The holiday was meant to be a middle-aged fling of sorts, a reunion of old college friends who had spent the last 25 years raising children and paying mortgages and doing the kinds of civic and church things that come with the turf.

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Enlightened violence in our culture

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 9, 1998

In October 1993, Robert Latimer, a Saskatchewan farmer, looked at his severely handicapped daughter, Tracy, and decided she should no longer have to live with her constant pain. He gently carried her to the family truck, hooked a hose from the exhaust to the cab, and watched as his daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Joy and pain point us toward eternity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 2, 1998

In this life there is no such thing as a clear-cut, pure joy. Everything comes mixed. As Henri Nouwen once put it: Every bit of life is touched by a bit of death. In every satisfaction there is limitation; in every embrace, there is distance; in every success, there is the fear of jealousy; behind every smile, there is a tear; and in all forms of light there is knowledge of the surrounding darkness.

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A woman's struggle between soul and flesh

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 26, 1998

Some years ago, counselling a young nun who was trying to make sense of her struggle with religious life, I learned something about religious ambivalence. Her life embodied it.

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Fashionable criticism of the church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 19, 1998

Today it is fashionable to criticize the church and blame it for virtually every kind of problem; war, prejudice, injustice and lack of equality. People point to the church's worst moments – the Crusades, religious wars, the Inquisition, its former sanctioning of racism and sexism, its historical resistance to various social and scientific advances, some of its present struggles with fidelity to its own ideals – and they conclude that the world would be better off without it.

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The Holy Spirit's year of joy and advocacy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 12, 1998

For a great number of people the date, Jan. 1, 2000, is of immense significance. They conceive of this date as, literally, something that comes along only once every thousand years.

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