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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...

Power in the Bible

Power in the Bible

by: Giancarlo Pani SJ - La Civilta Cattolica in Articles,

What does the Bible say about “power”? The subject is current and of great interest, but not at all simple. Anyone searching for the word “power” in the Old Testament would be disappointed: it does not exist in Hebrew. Is that because Sacred Scripture does not provide any cause for reflection about power? Far from it.

The Brother poet who inspires his sheltered community

The Brother poet who inspires his sheltered community

by: Françoise Siri, Nouan-le-Fuzelier - La Croix International in Articles,

As you leave the Beatitudes community in southern France, you drive through vast woods where you encounter brothers and sisters on bicycles in long white robes - their monastic habit – and you get the feeling that you have stayed much longer, probably because there is such immediate conviviality and fraternity here.


What does it mean "To Be Born Again"?

What does it mean "To Be Born Again"?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

What does it mean to “be born again, to “be born from above”? If you’re an Evangelical or Baptist, you’ve probably already answered that for yourself. However, if you’re a Roman Catholic or a mainline Protestant then the phrase probably isn’t a normal part of your spiritual vocabulary and, indeed, might connote for you a biblical fundamentalism which confuses you.

God's Finger in our Lives

God's Finger in our Lives

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

The problem in the world and in the churches, Jim Wallis suggests, is that, perennially, conservatives get it wrong and liberals (over-reacting to conservatives) then don’t get it at all. Nowhere is this truer, I believe, than in how we discern the finger of God in the events of our lives.

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.