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Teaching on original sin contains wisdom

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

September 6, 1999

My parents had a working theology of original sin. Perhaps they weren't exactly clear as to what original sin was. But they had, at the core of their understanding of life, a deep sense of its substance.

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The fear of revealing our weaknesses

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 30, 1999

During the last year of her life, Therese of Lisieux corresponded regularly with a young man named Maurice who was preparing to become a missionary.

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God's love reaches through locked doors

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

August 23, 1999

About one year ago, I wrote a column on suicide. Among other things, I suggested that suicide is the most misunderstood of all deaths. Given the positive response to that piece, I would like take things further here, suggesting as well that our faith in God should give us ultimate consolation in the face of the suicide of a loved one.

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Beauty has the power to transform us

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 19, 1999

Few things in this life have the raw power of beauty.

What's beautiful stuns us, holds us, draws us to itself, awakens us, and transforms us. Beauty enchants. Drawn by its power, we stretch beyond ourselves and grasp for more light and love. It is no accident that Confucius, perhaps the greatest educational expert of all time, based his whole system on the power of beauty.

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Turning the other cheek unveils violence

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 12, 1999

One of the best-known but most-ignored lines in Scripture is Jesus' challenge to "turn the other cheek." What did he mean by it?

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Woman chooses a different kind of heaven

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 28, 1999

In a recent novel, Anita Brookner tells the story of a 70-something widow named Dorothea May. Dorothea lives by herself in a comfortable flat in London. Materially she wants for little, but emotionally her life is not so rich.

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Gratitude is the basis of all virtue

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 21, 1999

When I was 18, while playing soccer at the seminary, I injured one of my knees rather seriously. The injury required a week-long stay in a local hospital.

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God does send the rich away empty

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 14, 1999

In her recent book For The Time Being, Annie Dillard, although herself a woman of mature faith, raises a series of hard questions about faith. For example, at one point, she asks whether what is expressed in Mary's Magnificat is in fact true:

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Prepare for a whole year of Sundays

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 7, 1999

It only happens every 1,000 years. Millennium clocks are already ticking down to zero time, midnight, Dec. 31, 1999, the end of one millennium and the start of another. Celebrations will break out around the world.

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Helping others by standing helplessly by

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 24, 1999

In her book, Dead Man Walking, Helen Prejean describes her feelings as she watches her first execution. Everything inside her is sick and confused. She knows that what is about to happen, the taking of this man's life, whatever his crime, is wrong and yet she can appreciate the feelings of those who are about to take that life.

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