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Weave Jesus' tensions into your life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 10, 2002

The thought of some of the greatest and most influential persons in history seems, at times, riddled with inconsistencies. Jesus, Augustine, Socrates, Aristotle, among others, appear at times to contradict themselves.

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Move from fear to the house of love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 3, 2002

Henri Nouwen, in his writings, frequently asked this question: "How can we live inside a world marked by fear, hatred and violence and not be destroyed by it?"

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Imagine God making perfect love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 20, 2002

God is ineffable. What this means is that everything we imagine, think, or say about God is, because of the very nature of God, highly inadequate, poor theology at best. That's the first thing that always needs to be said before weighing anything we affirm about God.

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Faith means doing what you 'have to'

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 13, 2002

Daniel Berrigan was once asked: "Where does your faith reside, where's its real seat?" His answer is wonderful, both in colour and insight: "Your faith is rarely where your head is at and rarely where your heart is at. Your faith is where your ass is at! Inside what commitments are you sitting? Within what reality do you anchor yourself?"

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Rejecting alluring amorality takes grace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 6, 2002

It's hard not to envy the amoral, especially if you're dutifully trying to be faithful to God, commitments, family, Church and the commandments.

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Catholicism's rich tradition of the heart

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 29, 2002

There has probably never been a time in the Church, certainly not in recent centuries, where we have had as healthy a theology as today. The past 40 years have been a time of great scholarship in Scripture and theology. There are now more theologians studying and writing than ever before and they are more scholarly-conscientious than ever before.

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We wait to hear the voice that soothes

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 22, 2002

Inside each of us there is a deep, congenital restlessness. We are not restful beings who sometimes get restless, but restless beings who occasionally experience rest. Karl Rahner, I believe, had it right when he said that we do not have souls that get restless, but that our souls themselves are lonely caverns thirsting for the infinite, deep wells of restlessness that make us ache to sleep with the whole world and all that is beyond.

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Admire, but do not possess, beauty

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 15, 2002

The older I get the more convinced I am that spiritual maturity lies in the simple capacity to admire – to admire beauty, admire talent and admire youth, without trying to possess them.

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God's magical love sustains our lives

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 8, 2002

As children, we believe in fairy tales and nurse the naive idea there is a divine magic which will swish away all evil, injustice, and pain and make a happy ending to everything.

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The cross allows us to see God as love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

April 1, 2002

There's a particularly poignant line in the account of Jesus' death which says that, when he died, "the veil in the sanctuary was torn from top to bottom." I remember, as a boy picturing it literally, and thinking: "Now they'll know what a terrible thing they've done!"

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