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Our Ache for Earthly Immortality

Our Ache for Earthly Immortality

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We share the world with more than seven and a half billion people and each of us has the irrepressible, innate sense that we are special and uniquely destined. This isn’t surprising since each one of us is indeed unique and special. But how does one feel special among seven and half billion others?

Celibacy Revisited

Celibacy Revisited

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Writing in the first person is always a risk, but the subject matter of this column is best done, I feel, through personal testimony. In a world where chastity and celibacy are seen as naïve and to be pitied and where there’s a general skepticism that anyone is actually living them out, personal testimony is perhaps the most effective protest.

 

 

Staying in love and the secret of being beautiful

Staying in love and the secret of being beautiful

by: Prof. Bonifacio Tago - UCANews in Articles,

I am convinced more and more that the secret of remaining young and beautiful is to stay in love like my friend, who remains beautiful inside and stays the same after so many years despite her weakening body.

Faith and Superstition

Faith and Superstition

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

The power of a subordinate clause, one nuance within a sentence and everything takes on a different meaning. That’s the case in a recent brilliant, but provocative, novel, The Ninth Hour, by Nina McDermott. She tells a story which, among other things, focuses on a group of nuns in Brooklyn who work with the poor. 

Remember that you are dust, and repent

Remember that you are dust, and repent

by: Fr William Grimm, MM-La Croix International in Articles,

We must look closely at the direction our lives are taking, at the social, psychological, cultural, economic and other influences that draw us away from our vocation as Christians. And then, we must turn from them. That is easier said than done. In fact, we cannot do it. We need the grace of God, a grace we embrace by believing the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God forgives sin.

How does God act in our world?

How does God act in our world?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s an oddity in the gospels that begs for an explanation: Jesus, it seems, doesn’t want people to know his true identity as the Christ, the Messiah. He keeps warning people not to reveal that he is the Messiah. Why?

Overcoming the divisions that divide us

Overcoming the divisions that divide us

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

We live in a world of deep divisions. Everywhere we see polarization, people bitterly divided from each other by ideology, politics, economic theory, moral beliefs, and theology. We tend to use over-simplistic categories within which to understand these divisions: the left and the right opposing each other, liberals and conservatives at odds, pro-life vying with pro-choice.

How can it all have a happy ending?

How can it all have a happy ending?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s a line in the writings of Julian of Norwich, the famous 14th century mystic and perhaps the first theologian to write in English, which is endlessly quoted by preachers, poets, and writers: But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. It’s her signature teaching.

My Top Ten Books For 2017

My Top Ten Books For 2017

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Taste is subjective. Keep that in mind as I share with you the ten books that most touched me this past year. That isn’t necessarily a recommendation that you read them. They may leave you cold, or angry at me that I praised them. Be your own critic here and one who isn’t afraid to be critical of my taste.

The Christ-Child of the Year

The Christ-Child of the Year

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,
Every year Time magazine recognizes someone as “Person of the Year”. The recognition isn’t necessarily an honor; it’s given to the person whom Time judges to have been the newsmaker of the year – for good or for bad. This year, instead of choosing an individual to recognize as newsmaker of the year, it recognized instead a category of persons, the Silence Breakers, namely, women who have spoken out about having experienced sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Polarization in the Church and the crisis of the Catholic mind

Polarization in the Church and the crisis of the Catholic mind

by: Massimo Faggioli - La Croix International in Articles,

It was not too many years ago the dominant narrative of the Catholic Church was its fight against atheism, Communism, and secularization. The sub-narrative was the institutional Church’s battle against liberal theologians.But now the overriding narrative seems to concern the Catholic Church’s war with itself. In an increasingly divided world, the Church appears to represent something very different from a community of unity and reconciled diversities.

Nightmare on Downing Street: An enfeebled Government face political challenges on an unprecedented scale

Nightmare on Downing Street: An enfeebled Government face political challenges on an unprecedented scale

by: Julia Langdon - The Tablet in Articles,

It is impossible to predict what might happen next. Working all these years at Westminster, I have witnessed many crises, sat on the edge of my seat many times, wondering how each in a succession of prime ministers will weather the political trials they face – but doing so somehow always with a confident sense that right will prevail.

The toots of Jewish humour go back to the bible

The toots of Jewish humour go back to the bible

by: Jeremy Dauber - The Tablet in Articles,

If laughter is based on knowledge and understanding (you can only truly laugh at a joke if you’re in on it enough to get it), then it seems to follow that the kind of laughter the Bible does prize is that of those who are in sync with the divine plan for the world, and who are on the right side of God’s covenant. 

The role of Parents in relationships education

The role of Parents in relationships education

by: Robert Colquhoun - 40 Days for Life in Articles,

 “Since they have conferred life on their children, parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate them… in conformity with their moral and religious convictions”

God’s counter-revolution: faith in the Soviet Union

God’s counter-revolution: faith in the Soviet Union

by: Dominic Erdozain-The Tablet in Articles,

Shortly after the Russian Civil War, Leon Trotsky, the People’s Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs, sent a vexed note to the Soviet Politburo: “There is a church outside my window. Out of 10 passers-by … at least seven, if not eight, cross themselves when they walk past. And many of those who walk past are Red Army soldiers.”

God's Closeness

God's Closeness

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

There’s a growing body of literature today that chronicles the experience of persons who were clinically dead for a period of time (minutes or hours) and were medically resuscitated and brought back to life.  Many of us, for example, are familiar with Dr. Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as Prayer.

Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as Prayer.

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 When we are exasperated and driven to our knees by a tragedy which is too painful and senseless to accept and absorb our groans of helplessness are in fact the Spirit of God groaning in us, suffering all that it isn’t, yearning for goodness, beseeching God in a language beyond words.

From Scotland to Sicily: A Protestant appreciation of catholicity

From Scotland to Sicily: A Protestant appreciation of catholicity

by: William Storrar-La Croix Internationale in Articles,

 Amongst the greatest evils of our century must be counted the fact that the churches are so divided one from another that there is scarcely even a human relationship between us; at all events there is not the shining light of that holy fellowship of the members of Christ, of which many boast in word, but which few seek sincerely indeed.

A plea for the soul

A plea for the soul

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

To be more in touch with our souls we might examine an older language, the language that religion, poets, mythologists, and lovers used before today’s dominant materialism turned our language about the soul into the language of chemistry and mechanism. We cannot understand the soul through any scientific description but only by looking at its behavior, its insatiability, its dissatisfactions, and its protests. A soul isn’t explained, it’s experienced.