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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

Note in a bottle tossed into a literary sea is read around the world

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 17, 2012

In late November, 1982, while a graduate student in Louvain, Belgium, I began writing this column. That makes for 30 years. When I began writing this, I had no idea as to where this would go, no grand plan. I was putting notes into milk bottles and floating them out to sea, across an ocean in this case, hoping somebody might read them.

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Great minds, great persons honour life's complexity

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 10, 2012

In a lecture recently, I made the point that Jesus shocked people equally in both his capacity to thoroughly enjoy his life and in his capacity to renounce it and give it up.

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Do not be afraid, for compassionate God reads our hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 3, 2012

We live with too much fear of God. This has many faces, from the superstitious fear of the naive, to the legalistic fear of the over-scrupulous, to the intellectual fear of the sophisticated. In the end, we all struggle to believe that God is the last person of whom we need to be afraid. But in our own ways, we all struggle with fear of God.

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Whistling in the dark when it comes to facing our death

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 26, 2012

Some years ago, a friend of mine was facing the birth of her first child. While happy that she was soon to be a mother, she openly confessed her fears about the actual birth-process, the pain, the dangers, the unknown.

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Sexuality's sacred fire burns with power and purpose

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 19, 2012

We are all powerfully, incurably and wonderfully sexed. This is part of a conspiracy between God and nature. Sexuality lies right next to our instinct for breathing, and it is ever-present in our lives.

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Purgatory is where we see fully for the first time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 12, 2012

Imagine being born blind and living into adulthood without ever having seen light and colour. Then, through some miraculous operation, doctors are able to give you sight. What would you feel immediately upon opening your eyes? Wonder? Bewilderment? Ecstasy? Pain? Some combination of all of these?

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An open letter to you, the one who does not go to church

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 5, 2012

Dear Fellow Pilgrim:

I greet you as someone who is looking for meaning and happiness, as we all are. I know you're sincere or you wouldn't be reading this letter.

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Those who persevere in doing good will reap a harvest

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 29, 2012

There is a Norwegian proverb that reads: Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. When I was a child in elementary school one of the stories assigned to us in our textbook for literature had that title and it told the story of a young boy who had fallen through the ice while skating and was left clinging, cold and alone, to the edge of the ice with no help in sight.

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Subtle forms of pride poison relationships with others and God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 22, 2012

One of the wonderful features of young children is their emotional honesty. They don’t hide their feeling or wants. They have no subtlety.

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Jesus' Baptism gives a state of grace that empowers change

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 15, 2012

John Shea once wrote a haunting poem about John the Baptist. The poem begins with the Baptist in prison, hearing the dancing above his head and knowing that this is soon to culminate in his being beheaded. Strangely, he's not too upset.

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