• The best one can do in the circumstances

    Recently I led a weeklong retreat for some 60 people at a renewal center. Overall, it went very well, though ideally it could have gone better.

  • A primal understanding of the Eucharist

    Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, grew up in a Roman Catholic family in France. On the day of his First Communion he said to his mother: “I don’t understand what I’m doing.” She answered simply: “It’s OK, you don’t have to understand it now, later you will understand.”

  • The deepest secret inside wisdom

    Everyone longs to know something that’s secret, to know something that others don’t know and the knowledge of which gives you some insight and advantage over others who are outside the inner circle of that secret.

  • Inordinate attachments: Moral flaw or struggle with divine energy?

    The renowned spiritual writer, Father Henri Nouwen, made no secret about the fact that he was emotionally over-sensitive and that he suffered, sometimes to the point of clinical depression, from emotional obsessions.

  • Contemporary writers in spirituality

    Among those who write in the area of spirituality today, who’s being read? Here’s my list of spiritual writers who are highly influential today in the English-speaking world ...

     

  • Artificial light

    What’s the use of an old-fashioned, hand-held lantern? Well, its light can be quite useful when it’s pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. Still, this doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.

  • Evolution’s ultimate wisdom

    Evolution, Charles Darwin famously stated, works through the survival of the fittest. Christianity, on the other hand, is committed to the survival of the weakest. But how do we square our Christian ideal of making a preferential option for the weak with evolution?

     

     

  • Who am I to judge?

    Perhaps the single most often-quoted line from Pope Francis is his response to a question he was asked vis-à-vis the morality of a particularly dicey issue. His infamous/famous reply: “Who am I to judge?”

     

     

  • Principles for interfaith dialogue

    We live inside a world and inside religions that are too given to disrespect and violence. Virtually every newscast today documents the prevalence of disrespect and violence done in the name of religion — disrespect done for the sake of God (strange as that expression may seem). Invariably, those acting in this way see their actions as sacral — justified by sacred cause.

     

  • Where to find resurrection

    Everything that’s good eventually gets scapegoated and crucified. How? By that curious, perverse dictate somehow innate within human life that assures that there’s always someone or something that cannot leave well enough alone, but, for reasons of its own, must hunt down and lash out at what’s good.

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Voices

Human nature — is it somehow all wrong?

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

An American humorist was once asked what he loved most in life. This was his reply: “I love women best; whiskey next; my neighbor a little; and God hardly at all!”

 

 

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September 4, 2015

  • Friday, September 4

    “Rejoice and Be Glad”: 44th Annual SCRC Catholic Renewal Convention, Opening liturgy: 7:30 p.m, Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave., Anaheim. The largest Catholic charismatic renewal convention in the U.S. and Canada begins Friday night and continues through Sunday afternoon, featuring over 40 speakers, dynamic daily liturgies and Young Adult conference. Presented by Southern California Renewal Communities. Register online at scrc.org.

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