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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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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Laughter invites us to embrace heavenly joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 8, 2012

In our novitiate, when I was a novice with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, our assistant novice director, a sincere but overly-stern man, cautioned us about too much levity in our lives by telling us that there is no recorded incident in Scripture of Jesus ever laughing.

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'If only' lessons teach us to forgive our flaws

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 1, 2012

If only! How often we feel those bitter words of regret: If only! If only I had noticed earlier! If only I had been more attentive! If only I could see that person again, even for five minutes! If only I hadn't been there just then! If only the storm hadn't happened just as I was on the highway! If only I hadn't had that extra drink! If only I had left the party 10 minutes earlier! If only!

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Right answers go wrong when given without love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 24, 2012

Truth alone is not enough. It must be balanced off with the other transcendental properties of God: oneness, goodness and beauty.

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Christian discipleship moves through three levels of transformation

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 17, 2012

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers:

I am a bow in your hands, Lord, draw me, lest I rot.

Do not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.

Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break.

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Pots, pans, cups can clutter the path to the love of God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 10, 2012

Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation should be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer? What is the most reverent way to receive Communion? Should laypersons be allowed to cleanse the chalice and cups after Communion?

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Sharing our wealth provides more for the giver than the receiver

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 3, 2012

The rich are getting richer, and we are almost beyond surprise at how rich that is. Every day, our newspapers, our televisions and the Internet, report financial compensations that, even just a generation ago, were unimaginable: Corporate executives receiving a hundred million dollar bonuses, an athlete signing a contract for a hundred million dollars, entertainers signing contracts for tens of millions, people in information technology earning billions and ordinary folks everywhere joining the millionaire club.

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God asks us to be patient, to let life unfold as it should

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 27, 2012

There's an adage that says that an atheist is simply someone who cannot grasp metaphor. Thomas Halik, the Czech writer, would suggest rather that an atheist is someone who cannot be patient enough with God.

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