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Christ's love melts fear, breathes peace

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 25, 2002

There's a curious line in our creed, which says that immediately following his death, Jesus "descended into hell." What possibly can that mean?

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Cross borne by the excluded one

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 18, 2002

Several years ago, in Canada's prairies, not far from where I was born and raised, a man named Robert Latimer killed Tracy, his severely-handicapped daughter. He put her into the family truck, hooked a tube to the exhaust-emission, sealed the windows and doors and let her fall asleep.

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The cross shows the high cost of love

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 11, 2002

One of the best-selling books in England at present is a novel by Tony Parson, Man and Boy. In it, Parson reflects upon some of the strengths and weaknesses of today's young adults, Generation X.

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In his passion, Jesus stops being a doer

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

March 4, 2002

We speak of one section of the Gospels, that which narrates Jesus' life from the Last Supper until his death and burial, as chronicling his passion. On Good Friday, the lector begins the Gospel reading with the words: "The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John."

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God's love unscrambles the egg

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 25, 2002

A number of years ago, a young man came to me because he was in crisis: He had been having an affair with his girlfriend and she had become pregnant. For a variety of reasons, marriage was impossible. The pregnancy would have an irrevocable impact on a series of lives, his girlfriend's, his own, their families', not to mention the child who would be born.

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The cross reveals God's non-violence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 18, 2002

The cross of Christ is like a carefully cut diamond. Every time you turn it in the light, you get a different sparkle. It means so many things: Its depths can never be fully fathomed. More meaning always spills over.

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Loneliness and the second-half of life

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 11, 2002

Twenty years ago, I wrote a book on loneliness. I was young then, lonely myself, restless like all young people, and still searching for many things. So, despite leaning heavily on Augustine, Aquinas, John of the Cross and Karl Rahner for my insights, the book was probably as much autobiography as spirituality or theology.

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There is creativity released by sex

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

February 4, 2002

A friend of mine recently left the priesthood. He loved being a priest and was a good one. His problem? He was a man who worked with his hands and fashioned beautiful things out of wood. At a point, rightly or wrongly, he felt that he couldn't be really creative if he remained celibate: "I can't be creative without sex!" is how he put it.

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The lesson of Jepthah's mistake

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 28, 2002

There's a story in the Jewish scriptures that is both fascinating and shocking in its earthiness.

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We are children not yet fully responsible

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 21, 2002

Recently I was visiting a family who has a four-year-old daughter. Some of her friends were over playing with her and her siblings. So there were about six kids in total, all under the age of eight. Kids can play cruel games and these kids did just that.

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