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Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

A crack in our pitcher needs mending before our soul is shattered

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 18, 2012

There's a much quoted line from Leonard Cohen that suggests that the place where we are broken is also the place where our redemption starts: There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

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There is always something to diminish our joy

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 11, 2012

A friend of mine jokingly says that when she dies she wants this epitaph on her gravestone: There was always something.

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Wilderness, sun, storms, fear foster spirituality

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 4, 2012

A number of years ago, accompanied by an excellent Jesuit director, I did a 30-day retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the third week, there's a meditation on Jesus' agony in the garden. I did the meditation to the best of my ability and met with my director to discuss the result. He wasn't satisfied and asked me to repeat the exercise.

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Practice new evangelization by winning over hearts

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 28, 2012

Recently a new expression has made its way into our theological and ecclesial vocabulary. There's a lot of talk today about the New Evangelization. Indeed the pope has called for a synod to meet this year for a month in Rome to try to articulate a vision and strategy for such an endeavour.

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Love's reality takes us well beyond naivete, romance

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 21, 2012

Several years ago, a Presbyterian minister I know challenged his congregation to open its doors and its heart more fully to the poor. The congregation initially responded with enthusiasm and a number of programs were introduced that invited people from the less-privileged economic areas of the city, including a number of street people, to come their church.

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Babies have a power to transform that even the mighty lack

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 14, 2012

There are different kinds of power and different kinds of authority. There is military power, muscle power, political power, economic power, moral power, charismatic power and psychological power, among other things.

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Heaven – a communion of saints alive with wit, colour, rollicking tales

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 7, 2012

In his autobiography Nikos Kazantzakis tells the story behind his famous book, Zorba the Greek. Zorba is partially fiction, partly history.

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Living in the light demands transparency – no dark secrets

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 30, 2012

Several years ago, I was approached by man who asked me to be his spiritual director. He was in his mid-40s and almost everything about him radiated a certain health.

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Ten major struggles for faith, Church in our time

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 23, 2012

Sometimes the simple act of naming something can be immensely helpful. Before we can put a name on something we stand more helpless before its effects, not really knowing what's happening to us.

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Each of us will face the moment of being a stone's throw away

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 9, 2012

Truth finds us in different ways. Sometimes we learn what something means, not in a classroom but in a hospital.

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