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Close the Distance not the GateFather 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 ...

Language as Opening or Closing our Minds Father Ron Rolheiser

Thirty years ago, the American Educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book entitled, The Closing of the American Mind. This was his thesis: In our secularized world today our language is becoming ever-more empirical, ...

Healthy and Unhealthy Fear of GodFather Ron Rolheiser

As a theologian, priest, and preacher, I often get asked: "Why isn't the church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren't we preaching more about the dangers of going to hell? Why aren't we preaching ...

A Prayer for Stillness Father Ron Rolheiser

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, "All the miseries ...

Our Struggle with RichesFather Ron Rolheiser

A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He'd reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. ...

God's Command to Kill the Canaanites Father Ron Rolheiser

In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, shares very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol. At one point in his life, he admitted his addiction and ...

Achievement versus FruitfulnessFather Ron Rolheiser

There's a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world. What we achieve brings us success, gives us a sense of ...

Stuck in Traffic Father Ron Rolheiser

There's a famous billboard that hangs along a congested highway that reads: You aren't stuck in traffic. You are traffic! Good wit, good insight! How glibly we distance ourselves from a problem, whether ...