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Angels and the CityFather Ron Rolheiser

Several years ago Hollywood made a movie, "City of Angels," about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the recently deceased to the afterlife. On one such mission, waiting ...

Inchoate Desire Father Ron Rolheiser

Sometimes while praying the Psalms, I'm caught looking quite uncomfortably into a mirror reflecting back to me my own seeming dishonesty. For example, we pray these words in the Psalms: My soul longs ...

To whom can we go?Father Ron Rolheiser

"To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life." Peter says these words to Jesus. But they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended ...

Being Good-Hearted is Not Enough Father Ron Rolheiser

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic, and political structures that ...

Going On, AheadFather Ron Rolheiser

"I go on ahead to prepare a place for you!" Jesus speaks those words to his disciples on the eve of his death as he sits at table with them and senses their sadness as they grapple with his dying, his ...

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 SpiritualityFather 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 Sin Father 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, ...