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 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 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 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 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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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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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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Thumbnail ron rolheiser in exile Forever being ahead of our souls

Sometimes nothing is as helpful as a good metaphor.In his book “The God Instinct” Tom Stella shares this story: A number of men who made their...

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Many of us, I am sure, have been inspired by the movie “Of Gods and Men,” which tells the story of a group of Trappist monks who, after making a...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 38891632 God’s power as powerlessness

The French novelist and essayist Leon Bloy once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 574906663 Good Friday

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 483074236 Guidelines for the long haul --- revisited

Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a column entitled, “Guidelines for the Long Haul.” Revisiting it recently, I was encouraged that my principles...

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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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