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Tribalism and Fear: Unworthy of Christianity

Tribalism and Fear: Unworthy of Christianity

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

In her most recent book, a series of essays entitled, When I was a Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson includes an essay called Wondrous Love. She begins the essay autobiographically, confessing her deep, long-standing, faith as a Christian and her ever deepening wonder and awe at the mystery of God.

Laughter As Faith

Laughter As Faith

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Karl Rahner agrees, suggesting that laughter shows we are on good terms with reality and hence with God.  Laughter praises God because it foretells our final state in heaven when we will be in an exuberance of joy.

Willpower alone is not enough

Willpower alone is not enough

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Anyone who has ever tried to overcome an addiction can answer that question. A clear head, a clear vision of what's to be done, and a solid resolution to leave a bad habit behind is only a half-job, a first step, an important one, but only an initial one. The tough part is still ahead.

Can beauty lead to truth?

Can beauty lead to truth?

by: Francis Phillips - Catholic Herald in Articles,

 Art can save your soul – providing pride does not get in the way.  I also read recently the moving testimony of a convert from Islam, whose journey into the Church was aided by Michelangelo’s Pieta in St Peter’s. Again, the French (secular) Jewish philosopher, Simone Weil, was deeply influenced by the metaphysical poets in her own journey towards acceptance of Christianity (though she chose not to be baptised).

The man who turned his home into a public library

The man who turned his home into a public library

by: Kate McGeown BBC News, Manila in Articles,

If you put all the books you own on the street outside your house, you might expect them to disappear in a trice. But one man in Manila tried it - and found that his collection grew. Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion - books.

The Three Levels of Christian Discipleship

The Three Levels of Christian Discipleship

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers: When I look at life, I also see three great struggles, not unlike those so poetically named by Kazantzakis. And each of these has a corresponding level of Christian discipleship.

Of Pharisees, Pots, Bronze Kettles, Liturgical rubrics, Cups and Cats

Of Pharisees, Pots, Bronze Kettles, Liturgical rubrics, Cups and Cats

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic prayer? What is the most reverent way to receive communion? Should laypersons be allowed to cleanse the chalice and cups after communion? 

'Out-of-date' Catholic church must listen to its late cardinal

'Out-of-date' Catholic church must listen to its late cardinal

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Gurdian in Articles,

Cardinal Carlo Martini has denounced the church's conservatism from beyond the grave – he's right on some counts. So was Martini right about the church being quite so out of date? Indeed, is it the place of the church to adapt wholesale to the spirit of the age? Or rather, does it not have a role to speak out against the ideas of the times, to be prophetic? 

Our Attitude Towards Wealth

Our Attitude Towards Wealth

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

The rich are getting richer, and we are almost beyond surprise at how rich that is. Every day, our newspapers, our televisions, and the internet, report financial compensations that, even just a generation ago, were unimaginable. And what's our reaction? Difficult to judge. We express indignation and protest that this is out of proportion, even as we nurse a not-so-secret envy: I wish it was me!

In Paradox There Is Virtue

In Paradox There Is Virtue

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

In religious discernment, how we recognize God's voice in our lives.? Does God speak in whispers or in thunder? Does God speak in pain or in blessing? Does God call us out of this world or more deeply into it?

Nurture the inner athlete

Nurture the inner athlete

by: The Tablet - London 2012 in Articles,

What sportsmen and women need are facilities, encouragement from an early age, expert training and coaching, and a climate that breeds excellence. Financial rewards are incidental.

 A vital link between science and theology

A vital link between science and theology

by: Lucetta Scaraffia -L'Osservatore Romano in Articles,

In recent times there has been a great deal of talk about “the God particle”, mixing cosmology and religion, often with a touch of irony. This definition seems to allude to a recomposition of science with God, with a formula that seems to want to resolve the issue without problems.

Syria’s unpredictable future

Syria’s unpredictable future

by: The Tablet - Editorial 4th of August in Articles,

The innocent victims are at present the citizens of Aleppo, Syria’s second city. The rebels held important districts until the Syrian army launched overwhelming force against them. As ever, women and children are particularly at risk.Aleppo has a significant Christian population, and no doubt Pope Benedict had them in mind when he called for an end to the bloodshed. 

The Church will be an Olympic winner

The Church will be an Olympic winner

by: Vladimir Felzmann - Catholic Herald in Articles,

A priest involved in preparations for the Olympics says the Games will be an extraordinary moment for Catholics in Britain. Viewed with the optic of faith the Olympic Games (July 27 to August 12) and the Paralympics (August 29 to September 9) may reveal the glory of God that is, as St Irenaeus of Lyon said, humanity fully alive.

Our Misunderstandings About Suicide

Our Misunderstandings About Suicide

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

When someone close to us dies by suicide we live with a pain that includes confusion ("Why?"), guilt ("What might we still have done?"), misunderstanding ("This is the ultimate form of despair") and, if we are believers, deep religious anxiety as well ("How does God treat such a person? What's to be his or her eternal destiny?") 

Saudi Arabia To Send Women Athletes To London Olympic Games

Saudi Arabia To Send Women Athletes To London Olympic Games

by: Brian Murphy - Associated Press in Articles,

 While Saudi rulers found room to accommodate the demands of the International Olympic Committee to include women athletes, they also clearly acknowledged that – in their view at least – this did not merit billing as a pivotal moment of reform in a nation that still bans women from driving or traveling without the approval of a male guardian.