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Our Shadow and our Self-UnderstandingFather Ron Rolheiser

What is meant when certain schools of psychology today warn us about our "shadow"? What's our shadow? In essence, it's this: We have within us powerful, fiery energies that, for multiple reasons, we ...

Nothing is Ever Really OursFather Ron Rolheiser

Everything is gift. That's a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality, and every commandment. Everything is gift. Nothing can be ultimately claimed as our own. Genuine moral ...

Of Virtue and SinFather Ron Rolheiser

There's an axiom which says: Nothing feels better than virtue. There's a deep truth here, but it has an underside. When we do good things we feel good about ourselves. Virtue is indeed its own reward, ...

Judge notMichael Pakaluk

We have all heard that "Catholic" means, literally, "according to the whole." That one idea has many consequences. A Catholic university, for example, looks at the world "according to the whole" -- not ...

Of Winners and LosersFather Ron Rolheiser

Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don't often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor on what it means for us as Christians. What does it ...

Welcoming the StrangerFather Ron Rolheiser

In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, ...

Overturning Roe v WadeMichael Pakaluk

(The following are edited remarks by Michael Pakaluk to the Massachusetts Caucus at the March for Life, Jan. 27, 2017. -- Ed.) My first car was an AMC Matador made in 1973. Perhaps because Matador means ...

God's Power as PowerlessnessFather Ron Rolheiser

The French novelist and essayist, Leon Bloy, once made this comment about God's power in our world: "God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a ...

Acedia and SabbathFather Ron Rolheiser

Early Christian monks believed in something they called, Acedia. More colloquially, they called it, the Noonday Devil, a name that essentially describes the concept. Acedia, for them, was different from ...

Taking our Wounds to the EucharistFather Ron Rolheiser

Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul. What surprised me initially was that, while he was deeply wounded, he ...