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

A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life.

Commitment means killing off demons

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In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, writes very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol.

Faith: Fruitfulness defines true success

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There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world.

Faith: Finding fault starts with looking in mirror

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There’s a famous billboard that hangs along a congested highway that reads: You aren’t stuck in traffic. You are traffic!

Faith: Rituals keep our lives on a steady course

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I don’t always find it easy to pray. Often I’m over-tired, distracted, caught-up in tasks, pressured by work, short on time, lacking the appetite for prayer or more strongly drawn to do something else.

Faith: Youthful faith does not have to die

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The complexity of adulthood inevitably puts to death the naiveté of childhood. And this is true too of our faith.

Faith: Separating the angel from the mammal

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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?