Fr. Ron Rolheiser will be a leader at the 2017 National Catholic Mission, addressing the theme “Our final gift,” based on Fr. Henri Nouwen’s thesis that death can be our final gift to others. Fr. Rolheiser addressed that concept in a 2001 column reprinted here with his blessing.

Suffering Servant is a model for service

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Passion (Palm) Sunday, April 9 (Year A) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66

Speaking and acting on behalf of God is not for the fainthearted.

Searching for light within our shadow

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What is meant when certain schools of psychology warn us about our “shadow”? What’s our shadow?

God’s love has the power to give new life

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Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2 (Year A) Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

How can someone be dead and living at the same time?

Recognizing our blindness gives us sight

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Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26 (Year A) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Samuel must have been perplexed and exasperated.

Nothing is ever really ours to keep

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Everything is gift. That’s a principle that ultimately undergirds all spirituality, all morality and every commandment.

Living water can satisfy our deepest thirst

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Third Sunday of Lent, March 19 (Year A) Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42

Doubt and fear are very powerful negative forces. All hope, joy, peace and faith flee before them.

God’s sacred energy powers our lives

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All things considered, I believe that I grew up with a relatively healthy concept of God.

Our challenge is to put total trust in God

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Second Sunday of Lent, March 12 (Year A) Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9

When we depart on a journey, preparations and planning are the order of the day.

There’s honest sin and dishonest sin

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There’s an axiom which says: Nothing feels better than virtue.

Lent shines a light on our path to renewal

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Andrew and Martha sat glumly. They were stuck in the same argument they’d had so many times before in their life together as a couple. One stabbed using sharp words, the other stonewalled using the silent treatment.