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A Slur that Cuts DeepFather Ron Rolheiser

He's a loser! You're a loser! Among all the hurtful slurs we mindlessly utter this particular one is perhaps the most hurtful and damaging. It needs to be forbidden in our public discourse and stricken ...

Mourning Father Ron Rolheiser

Our culture doesn't give us easy permission to mourn. Its underlying ethos is that we move on quickly from loss and hurt, keep our griefs quiet, remain strong always, and get on with life. But mourning ...

Stirring the Smoldering Ashes of our FaithFather Ron Rolheiser

Anyone who has ever watched a fire knows that at a point the flames subside and disappear into smoldering coals which themselves eventually cool and turn into cold, grey ash. But there's a moment in that ...

On Being the Beloved Disciple Father Ron Rolheiser

The Gospel of John presents us with a very powerful and rather earthy mystical image: As John describes the Last Supper scene he tells us that as they were at table the beloved disciple was reclining ...

Mercy, Truth, and Pastoral PracticeFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently a student I'd taught decades ago made this comment to me: "It's been more than twenty years since I took your class and I've forgotten most everything you taught. What I do remember from your ...

On Suicide and Despair Father Ron Rolheiser

For centuries, suicide was considered as an act of despair and despair itself was seen as the most grievous sin of all. In many religious circles, despair was seen as the most sinful of all acts and ...

Protest, Sanity, and a Christian ResponseFather Ron Rolheiser

Dreaming is sometimes the most realistic thing we can do. Or, is there still something else we might do, like public protest, or something else? In his book on prophecy, Commandments for the Long Haul, ...

Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in a Secular Age Father Ron Rolheiser

Cardinal Francis George was once asked what he thought of the radical pacifism of people like Dorothy Day and Daniel Berrigan, prophetic figures who believed in absolute nonviolence. How can this be practical, ...