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Becoming a Holy BeggarFather Ron Rolheiser

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 our retirement years. It's not a mystery as to why. Until ...

Five Hundred Years of MisunderstandingFather Ron Rolheiser

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 Baptist, who was raised to have a suspicion of Roman Catholics. ...

The Empty TombFather Ron Rolheiser

Believers and non-believers alike have been arguing about the resurrection since the day Jesus rose. What really happened? How was he raised from the dead? Did an actual dead body really come back to ...

Sacramental confession as a glance at the bronze serpentMichael Pakaluk

During the last two weeks of Lent, the Church proposes to us that we meditate on the Passion of Christ. The week which has just passed is traditionally called "Passion Week," and it culminates in the ...

Good FridayFather Ron Rolheiser

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, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It's ...

St. Patrick, St. Joseph, and the Conversion that Makes All the DifferenceBishop Robert Barron

I am always pleased when the feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph roll around every year, the first on March 17th and the second on March 19th. Joseph is especially dear to the Italian people, who celebrate ...

Doing Violence in God's NameFather Ron Rolheiser

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 going on since the beginning of time and is showing few ...

Our Shadow and our Self-UnderstandingFather Ron Rolheiser

What is meant when certain schools of psychology today warn us about our "shadow"? What's our shadow? In essence, it's this: We have within us powerful, fiery energies that, for multiple reasons, we ...

Nothing is Ever Really OursFather Ron Rolheiser

Everything is gift. That's a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality, and every commandment. Everything is gift. Nothing can be ultimately claimed as our own. Genuine moral ...

Of Virtue and SinFather Ron Rolheiser

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 good about ourselves. Virtue is indeed its own reward, ...