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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

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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Monks trusted God more than military hardware

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 20, 2012

Last year, a French movie was released entitled Of Gods and Men that The New York Times as "perhaps the best movie on Christian commitment ever made."

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Suicide often result of great sensitivity to the blows of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 16, 2012

Every year I write an article on suicide because so many people have to live with the pain of losing a loved one in this way. I rarely go for even a week without receiving a letter, an email, or a phone call from someone who has just lost a family member to suicide. In virtually every case, there is a corresponding sorrow that there really isn't a lot of material out there, religious or secular, to help console those left bereaved.

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Keep in touch with your moral centre to live a mystical life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 2, 2012

Mysticism is an exotic word. Few of us connect mysticism with ordinary experience, especially with our own experience. Mysticism is generally seen as an exotic thing, a paranormal thing, a special kind of consciousness given only to the most elite within the spiritual life, something for spiritual athletes or for the weird, visions and altered states of consciousness, snakes and ladders in the spiritual life.

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