Father Ron Rolheiser

Thumbnail shutterstock 288185786 Acedia and Sabbath

Early Christian monks believed in something they called “acedia.” More colloquially, they called it the “noonday devil,” a name that essentially...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 261813251 Achievement versus fruitfulness

There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 425350552 A happy death

In the Roman Catholic culture within which I grew up, we were taught to pray for a happy death. For many Catholics at the time, this was a standard...

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Thumbnail dorothy day credit gobonobo wikimedia commons An extraordinary book

Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily! A new biography by her granddaughter Kate...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 539516275 Angels and the city

Several years ago, Hollywood made a movie called “City of Angels” about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 678453829 A prayer for stillness

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 193185122 Becoming a holy beggar

With the exception of Scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 605344490 Being good-hearted is not enough

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 384446461 Boredom: A fault within ourselves

In 2011, a book by a young writer, Bieke Vandekerckhove, won the award as The Spiritual Book of the Year in her native Belgium. Entitled, “The...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 91289894 Christianity and noonday fatigue

There’s a popular notion that suggests that it can be helpful to compare every century of Christianity’s existence to one year of life. That would...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 534112903 Coming full circle: From storybooks to spirituality

My first love was literature: novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize...

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Thumbnail contemplative prayer Contemplative prayer

Contemplative prayer, as it is classically defined and popularly practiced, is subject today to considerable skepticism in a number of circles. For...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 640429315 Despair as weakness rather than sin

Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin. The simple notion was that neither God,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 324575036 Doing violence in God’s name

Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” How true! This has been...

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Thumbnail prodigal son Embittered moralizing

One of the dangers inherent in trying to live out a life of Christian fidelity is that we are prone to become embittered moralizers, older brothers...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 253278130 Fear

Unless you are already a full saint or a mystic, you will always live in some fear of death and the afterlife. That’s simply part of being human....

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Thumbnail shutterstock 394893160 Feeding off life’s sacred fire

See the wise and wicked ones, Who feed upon life’s sacred fire. These are lines from Gordon Lightfoot’s song “Don Quixote” that highlight an...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 25943326 Five-hundred years of misunderstanding

The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history. Recently, I signed a card for a friend, a devout...

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