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Reticence and Secrecy as VirtueFather Ron Rolheiser

In all healthy people there's a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. Too often we judge this as an unhealthy shyness or, worse, ...

Playing Loose With the Truth Father Ron Rolheiser

It can be quite disheartening to watch the news these days. Our world is full of hatred, bigotry, racism, and over-stimulated greed and ego. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and random, senseless ...

God's ClosenessFather Ron Rolheiser

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 ...

A Threat to our Decency Father Ron Rolheiser

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor Here's how Bryan Stevenson, ...

Paralysis, Exasperation, and Helplessness as PrayerFather Ron Rolheiser

Several years ago I received an email that literally stopped my breath. A man who had been for many years an intellectual and faith mentor to me, a man whom I thoroughly trusted, and a man with whom I ...

A Plea for the Soul Father Ron Rolheiser

It's hard to find your soulmate in someone who doesn't believe you have a soul. Recently on The Moth Radio Hour a young woman shared the story of her breakup with her boyfriend, a young man for whom ...

Kathleen Dowling Singh, RIPFather Ron Rolheiser

No community should botch its deaths. That's a wise statement from Mircea Eliade and apropos in the face of the death two weeks ago of Kathleen Dowling Singh. Kathleen was a hospice worker, a psychotherapist, ...

Close the Distance not the Gate Father Ron Rolheiser

Nobel-prizing winning author, Toni Morrison, assessing the times, asks this question: "Why should we want to know a stranger when it is easier to estrange another? Why should we want to close the distance ...