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The Scent of Humility

The Scent of Humility

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

According to Isaac the Syrian, a famous 7th Century bishop and theologian, a person who’s genuinely humble gives off a certain scent that other people will sense and that even animals will pick up, so that wild animals, including snakes, will fall under its spell and never harm that person.

Cybersex: An insidious addiction

Cybersex: An insidious addiction

by: Giovanni Cucci, SJ - La Civiltá Cattolica in Articles,

The internet, while it offers enormous possibilities on many levels – information, data, speed of contact, time saved and relationships improved – also renews long-established problems of the offline world (solitude, pornography, violence, theft, viruses) but on a qualitatively different scale. Like any new development, digital technology cannot solve a problem without creating new ones.

Late Migrations

Late Migrations

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Jesus says that if we follow him, the cross, pain, will find us.That message is chronically misunderstood. Maybe we would understand it better if Jesus had worded it this way: The more sensitive you become, the more pain will seep into your life. We catch the connection then. Sensitive person suffer more deeply, just as they also drink in more deeply the joys and beauties of life.

A Lesson in Aging

A Lesson in Aging

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We live in a culture that idealizes youth and marginalizes the old. And, as James Hillman says, the old don’t let go easily either of the throne or the drive that took them there. I know; I’m aging. For most of my life, I’ve been able to think of myself as young.

 

 

Imagining Grace

Imagining Grace

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Imagine this: A man, entirely careless of all moral and spiritual affairs, lives his life in utter selfishness, pleasure his only pursuit. He lives the high life, never prays, never goes to church, has numerous sexual affairs, and has no concern for anyone but himself...

How 'spiritual tourism' destroys church

How 'spiritual tourism' destroys church

by: Junno Arocho Esteves - CNS in Activities,

People "who are always passing by but never enter the church" in a fully communal way of sharing and caring engage in a sort of "spiritual tourism that makes them believe they are Christians but instead are only tourists of catacombs," the pope said Aug. 21 during his weekly general audience.

Daring to be Different

Daring to be Different

by: THE TABLET in Book Review,

THE CONNECTION between landscape and spirituality is long established. A thousand years ago, Celtic monks used to cross a treacherous strait of water to see out their days on Bardsey Island off the Llyn Peninsula in north-west Wales because it was, for them, a “thin” place between this world and the next. As a result, it is still known to this day as the island of 20,000 saints.