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Dual CitizenshipFather Ron Rolheiser

I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups. I was raised a conservative Roman Catholic, and conservative in most other things ...

When is our Life Fulfilled? Father Ron Rolheiser

When is our life fulfilled? At what point in our lives do we say: "That's it! That's the climax! Nothing I can do from now on will outdo this. I've given what I have to give." When can we say this? After ...

Faith and LevityFather Ron Rolheiser

Shusaku Endo, the Japanese author of the classic novel, Silence (upon which Martin Scorsese based his movie) was a Catholic who didn't always find his native land, Japan, sympathetic to his faith. He ...

Beyond Criticism and Anger -- The Invitation to a Deeper Empathy Father Ron Rolheiser

Recently I attended a symposium where the keynote speaker was a man exactly my age. Since we had both lived through the same cultural and religious changes in our lives, I resonated with much of what ...

The Search for an IndubitableFather Ron Rolheiser

In a book, 12 Rules for Life -- An Antidote to Chaos, that's justifiably making waves in many circles today, Jordan Peterson shares about his own journey towards truth and meaning. Here's that story: At ...

Chastity and Love Father Ron Rolheiser

Woe to chastity that is not practiced out of love, but woe to love that excludes chastity. These are the words of Benoit Standaert, a Benedictine monk, and I believe they can be profitably read in our ...

An Ode to the ChurchFather Ron Rolheiser

Carlo Carretto was an Italian monk who died in 1988. For many years he lived as a hermit in the Sahara Desert, translated the scriptures into the Tuareg language, and from the solitude of the desert wrote ...

How to Respond Father Ron Rolheiser

Sometimes all you can do is to put your mouth to the dust and wait. That's a counsel from the Book of Lamentations and while perhaps not the best response to the recent revelations of clerical sexual ...