RonRolheiser,OMI

Books

Fr. Ron’s writing isn’t limited to a weekly column. He has written numerous feature articles and has written Daybreaks: Daily Readings for Advent and Christmas (Ligouri Publications 2005 & 2019) and Daybreaks: Daily Readings for Lent and Easter (Liguori Publications 2004 & 2020)

The following is a list of Fr. Ron’s published books.  

The Shattered Lantern
The Shattered Lantern

The Shattered Lantern

A hundred years ago, Nietzche had his mystical madman smash a lantern in the marketplace and announce to Western Culture that “God is dead!”. Few people took him seriously. Today, we would. Faith, if not shattered, is shaken by cultural values.

The Shattered Lantern drew from a variety of stories and experiences to offer a spiritual antidote. The author suggests that “The way back to a lively faith is not a question of finding the right answers, but living in a certain way.” The existence of God, like the air we breathe, need not be proven. It is a question of developing good lungs to meet it correctly.

Ronald Rolheiser shines a new light on the contemplative path of Western Christianity. He offers a way back home.

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Against an Infinite Horizon
Against an Infinite Horizon

Against an Infinite Horizon

The popular columnist presents a far-flung overview of our contemporary lives. He enables us to see over the horizon of our time and in doing so gives quieter, sane advice through these perceptive and often humorous essays. He writes with compassion and wit on such subjects as marriage, family life and the presence of God, loneliness and sexuality, death and birth, social justice and humility, the unconditional love of God, language and prayer to present a companion volume to his award-winning “Forgotten Among The Lilies”.

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The Holy Longing
The Holy Longing

The Holy Longing

“A master weaver is at work here…I found my soul on every page. At last, we have a guide who helps us know what to do with the fire of desire within us. At last, a comprehensive, life-giving approach to sexuality. At last a dynamic understanding of how the paschal mystery plays in our own lives. At last, a way to weave love for the poor and struggling people with the highest mystical love of God…I love this book” – Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking

“Without a doubt, Ronald Rolheiser’s The Holy Longing is one of the best books about Christian spirituality that has been published in many a year. Its insights are just what all of us need at this moment in history. It blends the old and the new in ways that few others can do” – Most Reverend Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., Archbishop of Milwaukee

This book was originally published in Great Britain as “Seeking Spirituality”. 

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The Restless Heart
The Restless Heart

The Restless Heart

Loneliness is not a rare and curious phenomenon. It is at the center of every person’s ordinary experience. It is most dangerous when it is not recognized, accepted and worked through creatively. Conversely, it is a tremendously creative and humanizing force when it is recognized and lived correctly.

Examining current theories on the causes of loneliness and using modern-day parables from literature, the cinema and his own experience, Ronald Rolheiser identifies different types of loneliness: some are to be avoided, some endured and others have positively taken up and entered into. This outstanding book offers a distinctively Christian approach to the subject and will reassure and free many to live more meaningfully.

“The Restless Heart” won the Winnifred Sanford Award in the United Kingdom in 1990 as the best book on spirituality.

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Forgotten Among the Lilies
Forgotten Among the Lilies

Forgotten Among the Lilies

In The Restless Heart, Ron Rolheiser addresses the problems of loneliness and isolation in the present age. In Forgotten Among The Lilies, he takes readers to the next step by focusing on the obsessions that can dominate our modern lives.

Using his trademark blend of humour, insight, compassion and honesty, Rolheiser provides solid guidance for moving beyond the obsessions, restlessness, fears and guilt that seem to be emblematic of the 21st century. “This book”, says the author, “is for those who struggle to make this life, such as it is, enough.”

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Secularity and the Gospel
Secularity and the Gospel

Secularity and the Gospel

In the recent past, “missionary work” often meant bringing our familiar Gospel to faraway places and other peoples. In secular America today, however, even our own children know little about the Gospel. In this major volume, Ron Rolheiser offers original chapters on the question of secularity and introduces leading voices in Catholic thought to show how the Christian faith can thrive in a secular world. Contributing authors: Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S; Michael Downey; Mary Jo Leddy; Gilles Routhier; Robert Barron; Reginald W. Bibby; Ronald Wayne Young, OMI.

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Our One Great Act of Fidelity
Our One Great Act of Fidelity

Our One Great Act of Fidelity

More so than anything else, the Eucharist is what anchors many peoples’ life, prayer, and ultimately the way they live their lives. In this deeply personal book, Father Ronald Rolheiser delves into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition, drawing upon the insights of various scripture scholars, theologians, and church teachings. With personal warmth and great insight, he reflects on his own particular Roman Catholic upbringing and the centrality that the Eucharist has within that tradition. At the same time, he looks at other denominations’ traditions around the Eucharist. Our One Great Act of Fidelity is an investigation into the ways people secure their faith and belief and discover true intimacy with God and each other. Ultimately, however, it is a spiritual and personal statement of how Ronald Rolheiser understands the Eucharist and why he celebrates it every day.

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Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing looks at the issues facing people of faith in today’s culture, and offers a way of more effectively dealing with them by seeking out opportunities for prayer. With simple, down-to-earth language, Rolheiser illustrates the importance of prayer and offers techniques on how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers. He delves into the places that we fear going with our issues about prayer, encouraging us with gentle kindness and words of hope and inspiration.

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Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity

Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity

When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful?

– TERESA OF ÁVILA

Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity.  In this new book, Rolheiser takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit.  Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervour, disillusionment and boredom.  But, as Rolheiser explains, when we embrace the struggle and yearning to know God we can experience too a profound re-understanding to our daily lives.

“What lies beyond the essentials, the basics?” Rolheiser writes. “Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, or at least brought to enough peace that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others? Where do we go once the basic questions in our lives are no longer the restless questions of youthful insecurity and loneliness? Who am I? Who loves me? How will my life turn out? Where do we go once the basic question in life becomes: How can I give my life away more purely, and more meaningfully? How do I live beyond my own heartaches, headaches, and obsessions so as to help make other people’s lives more meaningful? The intent of this book is to try to address exactly those questions: How can we live less self-centred, more mature lives? What constitutes deep maturity and how do we reach that place? And, not unimportantly, what constitutes a more adult, Christian discipleship? What constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus?”

As the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke suggests, “Live the questions now.” In Sacred Fire, Rolheiser’s deeply affecting prose urges us to pursue the holiest of all passions—deep and lasting intimacy with God.

– Named one of 2014 Best Spiritual Books, Spirituality and Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys (www.spiritualityandpractice.com)

– First place winner in the Spirituality Hard Cover category, Catholic Press Association’s book awards for 2015

– Shared first place for “Book of the Year”, Association of Catholic Publishers 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards

– First place in the “Prayer and Spirituality” category, Association of Catholic Publishers 2015 Excellence in Publishing Awards,

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The Passion and the Cross
The Passion and the Cross

The Passion and the Cross

Ronald Rolheiser, one of the most influential spiritual writers of our day, offers profound reflections on the central mystery of our Christian faith. His beautifully written meditations on the passion and the cross invite you to a new understanding of redemption and offer insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering. Take a journey into the deeper meaning of pain with guidance from a trusted spiritual advisor.

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Bruised & Wounded
Bruised & Wounded

Bruised & Wounded

Recognizing that there is still a stigma, in both the Christian and secular world, surrounding death by suicide, Fr. Rolheiser takes his spiritual understanding of the woundedness of those whose lives end in this pain, and “breathes out the compassion and peace of God”.

Many, many people in the world have been touched by suicide. Fr. Rolheiser’s writings provide hope, consolation, and empathy to those left behind.

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Wrestling With God
Wrestling With God

Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human

In his latest book, Ronald Rolheiser provides an inspiring message of hope and perseverance for all of us struggling with our faith in tumultuous times.

The last few decades have rapidly birthed a modern world that would have been unrecognizable fifty years ago. As long-held beliefs on love, faith, and God are challenged by the aggregate of changes that have overhauled our world, many of us are left feeling confused and uncertain while old norms are challenged and redefined at breakneck speed.

In Wrestling with God, Ronald Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the beloved author of Sacred Fire examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.

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Domestic Monastery
Domestic Monastery

Domestic Monastery

What is a monastery? A monastery is a place set apart—a place to learn the blessings of powerlessness, and that time is not ours but God’s. Our home and our duties can, just like a monastery, teach us those things. The vocation of monastic men and women is to physically withdraw from the world. But the principle is equally valid for those of us who cannot go off to monasteries. Certain vocations offer the same kind of opportunity for contemplation and provide a desert for reflection.

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Daybreaks
Daybreaks

Daybreaks for Advent and Christmas

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to us,” John 3:16.

Drawing from Scripture, literature, and personal experience, Fr. Rolheiser shows God’s love in such abundance that our souls yearn for that love. God lies inside us as an invitation that fully respects our freedom, never overpowers us, but also never goes away. The invitation lies there precisely like a baby lying helpless in the straw, gently beckoning us, but helpless in itself to make us pick it up.

For each day of Advent through the Octave of Christmas, Advent Daybreaks provides an opportunity for prayer and reflection on the coming of the Messiah, the word made flesh.

Also available in Spanish.

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The Fire Within
The Fire Within

The Fire Within: Desire, Sexuality, Longing and God

For most religious people, the words God and sex never go together.

God is conceived of as holy, pure, sexless, and morally above the raw desires that so powerfully beset us. Sex, on the other hand, is conceived of as earthy and unholy, something we must snatch, and not without guilt, from the gods. Christianity has struggled mightily with sex; so too have most other religions. And yet when we look at sexual desire and ask where it comes from, there can be only one answer. It comes from God.

This is a book on desire, its experience, its origins, its meaning, and how it might be generatively channelled. Sexuality is inside us to help lure us back to God, but dealing with this fire inside us is a lifelong struggle. Ron Rolheiser sheds light on this mystery and the journey it takes us on in these tantalizing fragments that help give us permission to feel what we feel and know that God is still smiling at us.

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Healing from the grief of suicide
Healing from the grief of suicide

After Suicide: Seven Things for Catholics to Know

Is your parish or organization equipped to provide adequate support after suicide? When someone dies by suicide, an entire community is affected by the trauma. Loved ones and community members left behind after this tragedy need to know how to process the devastation, reconcile their own feelings of powerlessness, and find comfort in the mercy of God. Yet there is a lack of faith-based resources on the subject, and many Catholics are confused about how to process their feelings—sometimes contributing to their grief and pain. Author and renowned spiritual teacher Ronald Rolheiser has worked pastorally in the area of suicide for decades, and he wants to help affected communities heal by clarifying misconceptions about suicide and offering the hope and comfort of God’s mercy. In this booklet designed to provide comfort to parishes, support groups, prayer circles, and loved ones, Rolheiser addresses seven things we should know about suicide that can help communities heal together with unity and compassion. This booklet is sold in packs of 10.

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at  800-273-8255.

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Essential Spiritual Writings
Essential Spiritual Writings

Ronald Rolheiser Essential Spiritual Writings

Ronald Rolheiser, a Catholic priest and theologian, is one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers today. Through such bestselling books as The Holy Longing and Sacred Fire, as well as his syndicated column, “In Exile,” he has shown an ability to outline a healthy Christian spirituality that relates to the deep desires, anxieties, and hopes of ordinary people living in the world.

This collection of his essential writings, which draws in large part on his columns, first outlines the “holy longing” that underlies all spirituality. He then outlines the elements of a “generative,” or fruitful spiritual life, including prayer, suffering and death, love and justice, faith and doubt.

  • The Association of Catholic Publishers awarded this book second place (tied) in the category of Spirituality
  • Catholic Media awarded second place in the category of Spirituality: Contemporary

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Chastity and the Soul
Chastity and the Soul

Chastity and the Soul

You Are Holy Ground

These days, it’s hard to say the word “chastity” without a cringe. But in this book, beloved teacher Fr. Ronald Rolheiser boldly champions the notion of chastity in its fullest meaning: respect, patience, reverence, and a God-given gift of propriety in every area of life—not just in the area of sex.

In twenty-four power packed chapters, Fr. Ron compassionately and eloquently elaborates on how we can reclaim the lost virtue of chastity. He spells out the reasons for the death of chastity in our culture, the negative consequences of that has had on our souls and in our lives, the need for a healthy chastity in all areas of our lives, what constitutes that healthy chastity, and its positive consequences—so that we can say the word chastity without a cringe.

This is a book not just for those believers seeking to live a holier life, but for all those who seek to live the fullest, most authentic life possible. Chastity and the Soul is the guide we all need to come to the realization that in God’s eyes, each one of us is holy ground.

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