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When Does Faith Disappear?Father Ron Rolheiser

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that "God is dead" he added a question: What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon? I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there ...

Coming Full Circle -- From Storybooks to Spirituality Father Ron Rolheiser

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 poetry and loved the exercise. High School introduced ...

Despair as Weakness Rather than SinFather Ron Rolheiser

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, nor anyone else, can save you if you simply give up, ...

An Extraordinary Book Father Ron Rolheiser

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 on her by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day - The World will be saved ...

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 Misunderstanding Father 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 ...

Good Friday Father 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 ...