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Outside the CityFather Ron Rolheiser

God, it seems, favors the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders, and refugees with no resources or place to go. That's why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside ...

Mere ChristianityMichael Pakaluk

In the 1940s, C.S. Lewis gave radio broadcasts in England called "The Case for Christianity" and "Christian Behavior." These were plain and honest titles. When the talks were put together as a book, he ...

A Different Kind of Bucket-ListFather Ron Rolheiser

What's still unfinished in your life? Well, there's always a lot that's unfinished in everyone's life. Nothing is ever really finished. Our lives, it seems, are simply interrupted by our dying. Most ...

A Lesson in a Parking LotFather Ron Rolheiser

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. They're self-protective and that's healthy too, to a point. Let me explain. Recently I was at a football game with a number of friends. We arrived at ...

Our Lack of WelcomeFather Ron Rolheiser

"Widows, orphans, and strangers", that's code in scripture for the three most vulnerable groups within a society at any given time. And both the great Jewish prophets and Jesus, himself, assure us that ...

Dual CitizenshipFather Ron Rolheiser

I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups. I was raised a conservative Roman Catholic, and conservative in most other things ...

The time that Jesus called someone a dogMichael Pakaluk

It's a difficult passage -- when Jesus in an exchange with "the Syrophoenecian woman" calls her a dog. How can we make sense of it? Both Mark (7:24-30) and Matthew (15:21-28) tell the story. Thus one ...

When is our Life Fulfilled?Father Ron Rolheiser

When is our life fulfilled? At what point in our lives do we say: "That's it! That's the climax! Nothing I can do from now on will outdo this. I've given what I have to give." When can we say this? After ...

Faith and LevityFather Ron Rolheiser

Shusaku Endo, the Japanese author of the classic novel, Silence (upon which Martin Scorsese based his movie) was a Catholic who didn't always find his native land, Japan, sympathetic to his faith. He ...

Beyond Criticism and Anger -- The Invitation to a Deeper EmpathyFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently I attended a symposium where the keynote speaker was a man exactly my age. Since we had both lived through the same cultural and religious changes in our lives, I resonated with much of what ...