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Need - Particular Kinds of Saints

Need - Particular Kinds of Saints

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Simone Weil once commented that it’s not enough today to be merely a saint; rather “we must have the saintliness demanded by the present moment.” She’s surely right on that second premise; we need saints whose virtues speak to the times.

Which is the friendliest country in the world?

Which is the friendliest country in the world?

by: Chris Moss - The Telegraph in Articles,

Peru’s people had a very different energy, a special quality. I know I’m generalising, but so what? Nations do produce stereotypes, and the majority actually do conform. I mean, if Mario Vargas Llosa can get away with saying, just last week, that “Britain... still seems to me to be the most civilised and democratic country in the world” then I can surely generalise enthusiastically about his homeland.

The Church after secularism

The Church after secularism

by: Michele Dillon - The Tablet in Articles,

Might the current crisis in the Church be a moment of renewal? A sociologist of religion argues that the best hope for a revitalised Church might lie in dialogue with a ‘post-secular’ world. Perhaps this moment just might be an opportunity for the Church – laity and leaders – to dig deep into the Catholic tradition and to search there for resources that could help it to forge new relevance.

The Loss of Heaven and the Fear of Hell

The Loss of Heaven and the Fear of Hell

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Growing up as a Roman Catholic, like the rest of my generation, I was taught a prayer called, The Act of Contrition. Every Catholic back then had to memorize it and say it during or after going to confession. The prayer started this way: Oh, my God, I am truly sorry for having offended thee and I detest all of my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.  …

What Makes for Christian Communion?

What Makes for Christian Communion?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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.

The countries Britons leave the UK for - and why

The countries Britons leave the UK for - and why

by: Patrick Scott - Daily Telegraph in Articles,

News headlines in the UK are often focused on the number of foreign citizens moving to the UK from abroad, with those going the other way getting less attention. Emigration figures show that although the number of British citizens moving abroad has slowed slightly, there were still 121,000 people choosing to up-sticks in the year to September 2018. 

 

Brexit has polarised our nation

Brexit has polarised our nation

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in Articles,

Across Europe the hegemony of centre-right and centre-left governments have been challenged by populist movements. Brexit has polarised the nation, driving people towards the extreme ends of the spectrum instead of towards the middle. It is this factor above all that made Theresa May's approach so difficult.

Rachel Held Evans, 1981-2019

Rachel Held Evans, 1981-2019

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Many Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, I suspect, may not be very familiar with Rachel Held Evans or have read her works. She wrote four best-selling books, Inspired, Searching for Sunday, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and Faith Unraveled.

Mystery of the Trinity

Mystery of the Trinity

by: Dominique Pierre - La Croix International in Articles,

Famous icon poignantly symbolizes the relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Russian painter Andrei Rublev's 'The Hospitality of Abraham' icon from the 15th century has long been perceived as an evocation of the Trinity.Three characters are sitting around three sides of a table, leaving open the symbolic possibility of the viewer joining them.

Faith, Fear and Death

Faith, Fear and Death

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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.

Jean Vanier (1928-2019)

Jean Vanier (1928-2019)

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Our differences are not a threat but a treasure. Jean Vanier, the Founder of L’Arche, who died in Paris on May 7th wrote those words, but their truth is far from self-evident. One might question whether those words are simply a nice-sounding poetics or whether they contain an actual truth.  Our differences, in fact, are often a threat.

Understanding the Ascension

Understanding the Ascension

by: Erik Varden - The Tablet in Articles,

The Ascension, which the Church celebrates this Sunday, is often misunderstood as the moment when 40 days after Easter Christ suddenly vanished from the earth. As a Cistercian abbot explains, the true story of the Ascension is very much more attractive and mysterious.

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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 at the University of Saskatchewan. It was always a once-a-week, night course, advertised as a primer on Christian theology, and drew a variety of students.

Language, Symbols, and Self-Understanding

Language, Symbols, and Self-Understanding

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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!”  How we name an experience largely determines its meaning.

Who Goes to Hell and Who Doesn't?

Who Goes to Hell and Who Doesn't?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Hell is never a nasty surprise waiting for a basically happy person.  Nor is it necessarily a predicable ending for an unhappy, bitter person. Can a happy, warm-hearted person go to hell? Can an unhappy, bitter person go to heaven? That’s all contingent upon how we understand hell and how we read the human heart.

Beyond Mysticism

Beyond Mysticism

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

“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 them.

Ascending, Descending, and Just Keeping Steady

Ascending, Descending, and Just Keeping Steady

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Different spiritualities stress one or the other of these: the ascent, the descent, or (less commonly) maintenance, but a good spirituality will stress all three: Train your eyes upward, don’t forget to look downward, and keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.

And All Manner of Being  Shall Be Well

And All Manner of Being Shall Be Well

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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 of being shall be well. To which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: “And if it isn’t well, then it’s still not the end”

Our Own Good Friday

Our Own Good Friday

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

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 death a spectacle to serve as the ultimate deterrent so that anyone seeing it would think twice about committing the offense for which the person was being crucified.