Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Thumbnail brawler bw sm Our deepest insecurity

Why don’t we live happier lives? Why are we forever caught up in frustrations, tensions, angers and resentments? The reasons of course are too...

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We live in a world wherein most everything overstimulates our grandiosity, even as we are handed less and less tools to deal with that. Several...

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“I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world.” Socrates wrote those words more than 2,400 years ago. Today more than ever these...

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The Gospels tell us that after King Herod died, an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, telling him: “Get up! Take the child and his...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 221476693 The struggle to love our neighbor

“The most damaging idolatry is not the golden calf but enmity against the other.” The renowned anthropologist, Rene Girard, wrote that and its...

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Thumbnail rolheiser in exile spirituality goodness Ordinary goodness and our spiritual journey

The spirituality writer, Tom Stella, tells a story about three monks at prayer in their monastery chapel. The first monk imagines himself being...

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Daniel Berrigan, in one of his famous quips, once wrote: Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider carefully how good you are going to...

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A common soldier dies without fear, yet Jesus died afraid. Iris Murdoch wrote this and that truth can be somewhat disconcerting. Why? If someone...

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A seminarian I know recently went to a party on a Friday evening at a local university campus. The group was a crowd of young college students and...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 317851751 The 10 commandments of mercy

Among the Ten Commandments, one begins with the word “remember” — “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.” It reminds us to recall something we...

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Thumbnail daniel berrigan Daniel Berrigan, RIP

“Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider how good you’re going to look on wood!” Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they express a...

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Thumbnail 200 years omi Two centuries of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

What we cease to celebrate we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 259434887 Loyalty and patriotism revisited

In a recent article in America magazine, Grant Kaplan, commenting on the challenge of the resurrection, makes this comment: “Unlike previous...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 158352050 Love: A projection and a reality

The famed Jungian writer Robert Johnson makes this observation about falling in love: “To fall in love is to project the most noble and infinitely...

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Thumbnail rolheiser pope francis The power of prayer and ritual inside our helplessness

In the movie based upon Jane Austen’s classic novel “Sense and Sensibility,” there’s a very poignant scene where one of her young heroines,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 386260825 The triumph of goodness

The stone which rolled away from the tomb of Jesus continues to roll away from every sort of grave. Goodness cannot be held, captured, or put to...

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Thumbnail christian de cherge The understanding and compassion of Good Friday

As Jesus is being crucified he utters these words: “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” It is not easy to say these words and it is perhaps...

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Thumbnail 20141118cnsto0012 How the soul matures

In a deeply insightful book, “The Grace of Dying,” Kathleen Dowling Singh shares insights she has gleaned as a health professional from being...

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