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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 ...

Giving up in LentMichael Pakaluk

During Lent, we devote ourselves more intently to prayer, mortification, and almsgiving. Here are some ideas for Lenten discipline, which holy persons have recommended to me. 1. Give up something you ...

Unfinished RelationshipsFather Ron Rolheiser

A colleague of mine, a clinical therapist, shares this story: A woman came to him in considerable distress. Her husband had recently died of a heart attack. His death had been sudden and at a most inept ...

An Honorable DefeatFather Ron Rolheiser

In 1970, the famed British writer, Iris Murdoch, wrote a novel entitled, A Fairly Honorable Defeat. The story had numerous characters, both good and bad, but ultimately took its title from the travails ...

Celibacy -- A Personal ApologiaFather Ron Rolheiser

As a vowed, religious celibate I'm very conscious that today celibacy, whether lived out in a religious commitment or in other circumstances, is suspect, under siege, and is offering too little by way ...

PhilanthropyMichael Pakaluk

The late Harvard philosopher, Robert Nozick, used to say that he lost his commitment to the continued existence of the human race after he studied the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, he said, it was ...

Ecumenism -- The Path ForwardFather Ron Rolheiser

I was very blessed during my theological formation to have had the privilege of taking classes from two very renowned Catholic scholars, Avery Dulles and Raymond E. Brown. The former was an ecclesiologist ...

Shutdown 'violates the social contract'Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement Jan. 18: Governing the democracy of the United States is always a challenging task. It requires not only intelligence, expertise and experience ...

Snake-bittenFather Ron Rolheiser

Everything is of one piece. Whenever we don't take that seriously, we pay a price. The renowned theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthasar gives an example of this. Beauty, he submits, is not some little "extra" ...