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Where is Home?Father Ron Rolheiser

During the years that I served as a Religious Superior for a province of Oblate Priests and Brothers in Western Canada, I tried to keep my foot inside the academic world by doing some adjunct teaching ...

Language, symbols, and self-understandingFather Ron Rolheiser

A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: "I'm a bricklayer." The second said: "I'm building a cathedral!" ...

Practicing mysticismFather Ron Rolheiser

"I'm a practicing mystic!" A woman said that in one of my classes some years ago and it raised lots of eyebrows. I was teaching a class in mysticism and asked the students why the topic of mysticism interested ...

Ascending, Descending, and Just Keeping SteadyFather Ron Rolheiser

Where should we be casting our eyes? Upward, downward, or just on the road that we're walking? Well there are different kinds of spiritualities: Spiritualities of the Ascent, Spiritualities of the Descent, ...

And all manner of being shall be wellFather Ron Rolheiser

We are all, I suspect, familiar with the famous expression from Julian of Norwich, now an axiom in our language. She once famously wrote: In the end all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner ...

Our own Good FridayFather Ron Rolheiser

When the Romans designed crucifixion as their means of capital punishment, they had more in mind than simply putting someone to death. They wanted to accomplish something else, too, namely, to make this ...

What we haven't got right about sexFather Ron Rolheiser

Several years ago, in the question and answer period after a public lecture, a rather disgruntled young man asked me a question that carried with it a bit of attitude: "You seem to write a lot about sex," ...

But where are the others?Father Ron Rolheiser

Most of us have been raised to believe that we have right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate inheritance. No matter how large that wealth might ...

Our struggle for proper celebrationFather Ron Rolheiser

We don't know how to celebrate things as they're meant to be celebrated. We want to, but mostly we don't know how. Generally we celebrate badly. How do we normally celebrate? By overdoing things; by taking ...

Lessons through failureFather Ron Rolheiser

What's to be learned through failure, through being humbled by our own faults? Generally that's the only way we grow. In being humbled by our own inadequacies we learn those lessons in life that we are ...