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The Power of a ComplimentFather Ron Rolheiser

Thomas Aquinas once suggested that it's a sin to not give a compliment to someone when it's deserved because by withholding our praise we're depriving that person of the food that he or she needs to live ...

One Catholic ChurchMichael Pakaluk

The headlines last week proclaimed that Pope Francis had changed the Church's teaching on the death penalty, causing consternation among some Catholics. Why? They were reacting not simply to the evident ...

Why I Believe in GodFather Ron Rolheiser

Some of my favorite authors are agnostics, men and women who face life honestly and courageously without faith in a personal God. They're stoics mostly, persons who have made peace with the fact that ...

Standing on New BordersFather Ron Rolheiser

A particularly powerful Gospel story recounts Jesus meeting with a Syro-Phoenician woman. Central to that story is where their encounter takes place. It takes place on the borders of Samaria. For Jesus, ...

Policy needed to address bishops' violations of the vows of celibacyCardinal Sean P. O'Malley

For the past several days, articles in the national media have reported accusations of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's sexual improprieties with several adults and his criminal violations of the sexual ...

A Slur that Cuts DeepFather Ron Rolheiser

He's a loser! You're a loser! Among all the hurtful slurs we mindlessly utter this particular one is perhaps the most hurtful and damaging. It needs to be forbidden in our public discourse and stricken ...

MourningFather Ron Rolheiser

Our culture doesn't give us easy permission to mourn. Its underlying ethos is that we move on quickly from loss and hurt, keep our griefs quiet, remain strong always, and get on with life. But mourning ...

Stirring the Smoldering Ashes of our FaithFather Ron Rolheiser

Anyone who has ever watched a fire knows that at a point the flames subside and disappear into smoldering coals which themselves eventually cool and turn into cold, grey ash. But there's a moment in that ...

Time for tough loveFather Eugene Hemrick

''Get that idea out of your head!" While growing up, my mother was forever shouting out commands like this to keep me on the right track. When I complained, she would reply, "That's tough love. Some ...

On Being the Beloved DiscipleFather Ron Rolheiser

The Gospel of John presents us with a very powerful and rather earthy mystical image: As John describes the Last Supper scene he tells us that as they were at table the beloved disciple was reclining ...