Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide.


Fr. Rolheiser can be reached at his website, www.ronrolheiser.com

Several years ago Hollywood made a movie, City of Angels , about an angel named Seth whose job it was to accompany the spirits of the recently deceased to the afterlife.

Faith: Confessing both sin and praise isn’t easy

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The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow and regret for having taken a wrong turn.

Faith: You don’t have to look far to find God

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“To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.”

Faith: Being good-hearted is not enough

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Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more.

Faith: Churches in the West can overcome ‘noon-day fatigue’

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There’s a popular notion which suggests that it can be helpful to compare every century of Christianity’s existence to one year of life. That would make Christianity 21 years old, a young 21, grown-up enough to exhibit a basic maturity but still far from a finished product. How insightful is this notion?

Faith: Social issues all part of one seamless garment

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John of the Cross teaches that within spirituality and morality there are no exempt areas. Simply put, you cannot be a saint or a highly moral person if you allow yourself a moral exemption or two.

Faith: Preparing for death offers us a lesson about living

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“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 going away.

Faith: Ceasing to believe is not the same as losing faith

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When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead” he added a question: What kind of a “sponge” does it take to wipe away the entire horizon?

Faith: Coming full circle, from story books to spirituality

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My first love was literature, novels and poetry. As a child, I loved story books, mysteries and adventures. In grade school, I was made to memorize poetry and loved the exercise. High School introduced me to more serious literature: Shakespeare, Kipling, Keats, Wordsworth, Browning. On the side, I still read story books, cowboy tales from the old West taken from my dad’s bookshelf.

Faith: Light still shines in darkest moments of despair

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Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin.

An honest look at Dorothy Day’s remarkable life

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Dorothy Day is alleged to have said: “Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily!”