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Have I Been Saved?

Have I Been Saved?

by: Ron Rolheiser in Articles,

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, I am still trying to figure out how to be spent!  His retort echoes a line from Theresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful?

 Rude words, not honest opinions, are welcome at the BBC

Rude words, not honest opinions, are welcome at the BBC

by: The Telegraph - Cristina Odone in Articles,

The BBC Trust's censure of John Humphrys over his welfare documentary reveals much about the corporation..... Rude words, not honest opinions, are welcome at the BBC. Today, the BBC couldn’t give two hoots about Bible-bashing (though it would draw the line at Koran-kicking). But it does want to censor a different kind of blasphemy: any opinion that opposes the liberal consensus.

 

Prayers for an unbeliever

Prayers for an unbeliever

by: The Tablet - Sally Read in Articles,

 Pope Francis said recently that everyone – atheists included – is redeemed by Christ’s blood. His words confirmed the thoughts of a convert to Catholicism who agonised over the question following the death of her atheist father.

That Eureka moment

That Eureka moment

by: Michael Kelly SJ - UCAnews in Articles,

Discovering a strategy for driving incompetence out of the Church. In societies run by religious leaders there’s only one way to do things and that is according to the book, whichever book might be invoked. This also applies to the totalitarian politics that keep Communist parties in power in several Asian countries.

Labour has forgotten its Christian roots

Labour has forgotten its Christian roots

by: Lord Maurice Glasman - published by The Tablet in Articles,
Labour peer Lord Glasman, former advisor to Labour leader Ed Miliband, has described his party as arrogant in its dealings with faith and neglectful of its inheritance. He gave the speech at a conference in Rome entitled 'Rethinking Solidarity for Employment: The Challenges for the Twentieth Century' which was organised by the Papal Foundation Centesimus Annus.
Always in a Hurry

Always in a Hurry

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Haste is our enemy. It puts us under stress, raises our blood pressure, makes us impatient, renders us more vulnerable to accidents and, most seriously of all, blinds us to the needs of others. Haste is normally not a virtue, irrespective of the goodness of the thing towards which we are hurrying.

Why stop at private GPs? Poles should run our schools and trains too

Why stop at private GPs? Poles should run our schools and trains too

by: Cristina Odone - Daily Telegraph in Articles,

Poles should run everything here. The latest issue of The Economist included a small story in its Britain section about My Medik, a low-cost, private GP clinic run by Poles. The clinic opened four years ago and has 30,000 patients on its rolls. Polish immigrants were fed up with NHS GPs who only gave them brief consultations and seldom worked 24/7.

Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

In a marvelous little book entitled, The Music of Silence, David Steindl-Rast highlights how each hour of the day has its own special light and its own particular mood and how we are more attentive to the present moment when we recognize and honor these "special angels" lurking inside each hour. 

The Wages of Celibacy

The Wages of Celibacy

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Recently an op-ed piece appeared in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, entitled, The Wages of Celibacy. The column, while provocative, is fair. Mostly he asks a lot of hard, necessary questions.

Guidelines for the Long Haul - Revisited

Guidelines for the Long Haul - Revisited

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Twenty-five years ago, I wrote a column entitled, Guidelines for the Long Haul. Revisiting it recently, I was encouraged that my principles haven't swayed during the past quarter-century, only taken on more nuance. I still recommend those same commandments, nostalgically revisited, somewhat redacted, but fully re-endorsed:

Struggling With Secularity

Struggling With Secularity

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

 We live in a highly secularized culture. Generally this draws one of three reactions from Christians struggling to live out faith in this context: First, a growing number of Christians of all denominations see secularity more as an enemy of faith and the churches than as an ally.

Lee Halpin's tragic story shows the terrible plight of the homeless - but does anybody care?

Lee Halpin's tragic story shows the terrible plight of the homeless - but does anybody care?

by: The Independent - Yasmin Alibhai Brown in Articles,

Right opposite Harrods last Saturday, an old woman sat on the pavement moaning for money. In her many tattered layers and hoods, she looked like a big, swaddled baby. Click, click, click went the heels around her. Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols bags swept past her face and nobody could be bothered to stop, take out a coin, bend down and hand it to her. By now someone will have swept her off that space – such an eyesore for tourists. 

The Passion of Christ and the Cross

The Passion of Christ and the Cross

by: Fr. Arnest Kharmawlong, CMF in Articles,

The symbol of the Cross is ubiquitous in our society. It is printed on bumper stickers and tattooed on forearms; it is spray-painted on concrete walls and stitched onto denim jackets. Will this symbol continue to devolve into a mere fashion statement, a cultural icon, or a religious trademark? There is a need to reclaim the true meaning of the cross and understand that it is something much more

Praying in a Crisis

Praying in a Crisis

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

How do we lift our darkest, most depressed, most lonely moments up to God? How can we pray when we are most deeply alone, helpless, and our whole world seems to be collapsing?

A new Pope, a new Primate and a new life for Christianity

A new Pope, a new Primate and a new life for Christianity

by: The Telegraph - Charles Moore in Articles,
The power of prayer is bringing Canterbury and Rome together after 500 years. The new Archbishop of Canterbury and new Pope bring renewed hope for the healing of Christianity's wounds. So far, the combined media knowledge of Pope Francis has not been impressive. When it comes to religion, our media are very provincial. We project on to it our Western obsessions, which are mainly sexual. We are alarmed by its breadth and its depth.
Women and the Church

Women and the Church

by: La Stampa in Articles,

« God, grant us a Pope who is holy, wise, competent, and strong". La Stampa has collected some comments from influential women on the conclave, and on what they’d like to see during the new papacy.