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Struggling for SustenanceFather Ron Rolheiser

We all struggle to not give in to coldness and hatred. This was even a struggle for Jesus. Like the rest of us he had to struggle, mightily at times, to remain warm and loving. It's interesting to trace ...

The Double Message of Christmas Father Ron Rolheiser

I've never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: May the Peace of Christ Disturb You! Can't we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without ...

Outside the CityFather Ron Rolheiser

God, it seems, favors the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders, and refugees with no resources or place to go. That's why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside ...

A Lesson in a Parking Lot Father Ron Rolheiser

Our natural instincts serve us well, to a point. They're self-protective and that's healthy too, to a point. Let me explain. Recently I was at a football game with a number of friends. We arrived at ...

Our Lack of WelcomeFather Ron Rolheiser

"Widows, orphans, and strangers", that's code in scripture for the three most vulnerable groups within a society at any given time. And both the great Jewish prophets and Jesus, himself, assure us that ...

Dual Citizenship Father 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 Levity Father 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 ...