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Reflections on the Blandensburg CrossMichael Pakaluk

Is it too much to ask a court which must make a judgment to get straight the facts about which it judges? Let's begin with a cross which marks a soldier's grave. It has multiple functions. First, it ...

What makes for Christian communion?Father Ron Rolheiser

The question of intercommunion within our churches today is a big one, an important one, and a painful one. I'm old enough to remember another time, actually to remember two other times. First, as a ...

Rachel Held Evans, 1981-2019Father Ron Rolheiser

"No community should botch its deaths." Mircea Eliade wrote those words and they're a warning: If we do not properly celebrate the life of someone who has left us, we do an injustice to that person and ...

An ode in praise of a beloved friendFather Eugene Hemrick

When my barber David Knight who worked in the U.S. Senate building died, it felt like losing a beloved family member. One meaning of family is a group of people in the service of an individual. For years, ...

Faith, fear, and deathFather Ron Rolheiser

A common soldier dies without fear; Jesus died afraid. Iris Murdoch wrote those words which, I believe, help expose an over-simplistic notion we have of how faith reacts in the face of death. There's ...

Your summer pilgrimageEffie Caldarola

Just about everybody has heard of the Camino de Santiago. Sometimes, it seems just about everybody but me has walked the Camino. I'm not sure I'll ever get there, but I'm thinking maybe it could inspire ...

Jean Vanier (1928-2019)Father Ron Rolheiser

"Our differences are not a threat but a treasure." Jean Vanier. Jean Vanier, the Founder of A'Arche, who died in Paris on May 7th wrote those words, but their truth is far from self-evident. One might ...

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 ...