Fr. 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 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 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 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 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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Thumbnail tears Mourning our barrenness

Several years ago, while teaching a summer course at Seattle University, I had as one of my students a woman who, while happily married, was unable...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 262372256 Nothing is ever really ours

Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment. Everything is gift. Nothing...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 319478597 Of virtue and sin

There’s an axiom which says: Nothing feels better than virtue. There’s a deep truth here, but it has an underside. When we do good things we feel...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 484644328 Of winners and losers

Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don’t often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor...

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Thumbnail bowed head On bowing and raising our heads

At the end of every Roman Catholic liturgy, there is an invitation given to the people to receive a blessing. That invitation is worded this way:...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 321921797 On not cultivating restlessness

Thirty-four years ago, when I launched this column, I never would have said this: Restlessness is not something to be cultivated, no matter how...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 107972237 Orthodoxy, sin and heresy

Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in that city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 7045984 Our churches as sanctuaries

Whenever we have been at our best as Christians, we have opened our churches as sanctuaries to the poor and the endangered. We have a long, proud...

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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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Thumbnail christ s descent into hell bosch Our fear of hell

Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person. Hell can only be the full-flowering of a pride and selfishness that have,...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 406691518 Suicide and mental health

As young boy, I longed to be a professional athlete but I had to soon accept the unwelcome fact that I simply wasn’t gifted with an athlete’s body....

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Thumbnail fr dan berrigan The dangers in being a warrior prophet

A prophet makes a vow of love, not of alienation. Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they need to be highlighted today when a lot of very...

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