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

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!”

Imagine retiring to life as a holy beggar

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With the exception of scripture and a few Christian mystics, Christian spirituality, up to now, has been weak in presenting us with a vision for our retirement years.

All Christians share the bond of faith

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The heart has its reasons, says philosopher Blaise Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history.

Violence in God’s name is never justified

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The 17th-century theologian and scientist Blaise Pascal once wrote: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”

Resurrection is a reality on every level

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Believers and non-believers alike have been arguing about the Resurrection since the day Jesus rose.

Look deep to discover the good in Good Friday

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Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances.