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Being Good-Hearted is Not EnoughFather Ron Rolheiser

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic, and political structures that ...

Going On, Ahead Father Ron Rolheiser

"I go on ahead to prepare a place for you!" Jesus speaks those words to his disciples on the eve of his death as he sits at table with them and senses their sadness as they grapple with his dying, his ...

When Does Faith Disappear?Father Ron Rolheiser

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that "God is dead" he added a question: What kind of a sponge does it take to wipe away a whole horizon? I often ask that question because just in my own lifetime there ...

Coming Full Circle -- From Storybooks to Spirituality Father Ron Rolheiser

My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved storybooks, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize poetry and loved the exercise. High School introduced ...

Despair as Weakness Rather than SinFather Ron Rolheiser

Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin. The simple notion was that neither God, nor anyone else, can save you if you simply give up, ...

An Extraordinary Book Father Ron Rolheiser

Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: Don't call me a saint; I don't want to be dismissed that easily! A new biography on her by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day - The World will be saved ...

Becoming a Holy BeggarFather Ron Rolheiser

With the exception of scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for our retirement years. It's not a mystery as to why. Until ...

Five Hundred Years of Misunderstanding Father Ron Rolheiser

The heart has its reasons, says Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history. Recently I signed a card for a friend, a devout Baptist, who was raised to have a suspicion of Roman Catholics. ...