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Our Most Common SinFather Ron Rolheiser

Classically Christianity has listed seven sins as "deadly" sins, meaning that most everything else we do which is not virtuous somehow takes its root in one these congenital propensities. These are the ...

Faith and Superstition Father Ron Rolheiser

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. ...

Overcoming the Divisions that Divide UsFather Ron Rolheiser

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 ...

Can You Lose Your Vocation? Father Ron Rolheiser

Recently I received a letter from a man who shared that he was still deeply haunted by a story he'd heard in grade-school many years before. One of his religion teachers had read them a story about a ...

How Can it All have a Happy Ending?Father Ron Rolheiser

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 ...

My Top Ten Books for 2017 Father Ron Rolheiser

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 ...

Fear of God as WisdomFather Ron Rolheiser

Why don't we preach hellfire anymore? That's a question asked frequently today by a lot of sincere religious people who worry that too many churches and too many priests and ministers have gone soft on ...

The Real Tragedy of Sin Father Ron Rolheiser

The real tragedy of sin is that often the one who is sinned against eventually becomes a sinner, inflicting on others what was first inflicted upon him or her. There's something perverse within us whereby ...