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  • Ronald Rolheiser Essential Spiritual Writings

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    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.

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  • After Suicide: Seven Things for Catholics to Know

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    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 are 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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  • The Fire Within: Desire, Sexuality, Longing and God

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    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 as 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 channeled. 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 on us.

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    Daybreaks for Advent and Christmas

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    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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    Domestic Monastery

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

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    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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  • Bruised & Wounded

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    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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  • Aging Gracefully Living Fruitfully

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    Aging Gracefully Living Fruitfully

    We go through three major phases of growth and discipleship during our lives. Early on in life, we struggle to get our lives together. During our generative years, we struggle to give our lives away. Later on in life, we struggle to give our deaths away. This journey, the final stage of our lives, is what mystics call “the dark night of the spirit”. How do we do this so that our aging and death becomes our final gift to our loved ones? How do we age and die gracefully and fruitfully?

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  • Mysticism: The Heartbeat of God

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    Mysticism: The Heartbeat of God

    How do we live a mystically-driven life? What does it feel like? Your head tells you want you think is wise to do and your heart tells you what you’d like to do. Your mystical center is in a deeper part of you that tells you what you have to do. Mysticism is being touched and it’s being held and compelled by something that’s deeper than your head, your heart, your feelings, and your imagination.

    We all have mystical experiences, but we’re not all mystics. Father Rolheiser shares examples of others such as Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen and Ruth Burrows, OCD as well as some major world religions that benefit from getting in touch with their mystical souls. Father Rolheiser shows how living out of mysticism is what frees us up to live true lives, to live noble lives and ultimately to live meaningful lives.

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  • The Passion of the Cross

    The Passion and the Cross

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    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 invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers 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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  • Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity

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    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 fervor, 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 peoples’ lives more meaningful? The intent of this book is to try to address exactly those questions: How can we live less self- centered, 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 on in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a 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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  • On Blessings

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    On Blessings

    This video tells us why we should offer blessings and support to those younger than ourselves, how to do it, and about the rewards for those giving and receiving blessings. As Fr. Rolheiser says, “When you act like God, we get to feel like God”.

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  • Many Faces of Fear: Exploring the Roots of Religious Fear

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    Many Faces of Fear: Exploring the Roots of Religious Fear

    All of live with religious fears, fears about God, about life, and about our eternal destiny. What are the origins of those fears? Are they healthy, a sign of faith, or are they unhealthy, a sign of neuroses and timidity? Should we be preaching more fear in our churches or are people staying away because we have already preached unhealthy fear? These talks will examine the origins and the complexities of religious fear and, after giving it its proper due, will examine some biblical principles that invite us to live with less fear.

    Upper high school through adults
    3 parts approx 50 minutes each

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  • Keeping Incarnate the Paschal Mystery

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    Keeping Incarnate the Paschal Mystery

    In his insightful presentation on the Paschal Mystery, renowned theologian, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI describes and explains two kinds of death, two kinds of life, and the distinction between “life” and “spirit.” He also investigates what he calls, five distinct moments in the paradigm of the Paschal Mystery. In his clear language and approachable style, Fr. Rolheiser gives us a practical understanding of how the Paschal Mystery plays into our own lives.

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  • The Incarnation: Keeping God in the Flesh

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    The Incarnation: Keeping God in the Flesh

    God didn’t come to earth in the flesh for just 33 years. Christ didn’t leave us when he ascended into heaven. We, the Christian community, continue the Incarnation. We are the Body of Christ. We do not represent Christ, replace Christ, or become merely his mystical body. We ARE the Body of Christ and we continue to give physical flesh to God. This has astonishing implications for how we pray, seek healing, look for guidance, understand religious experience, and for how we “bind and loose” our loved ones. As only he can, Fr. Rolheiser brings the incarnation into focus and brings clarity to it’s meaning for you.

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  • Dark Nights and Doubts In Our Lives: A Failure of Faith-Or Imagination?

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    Dark Nights and Doubts In Our Lives: A Failure of Faith-Or Imagination?

    Doubt and darkness do not necessarily mean that we are struggling with faith. They can just as easily mean that we are struggling inside our imagination and that God is purifying us. What is faith and why does it sometimes feel like its opposite? Dark nights of doubt – their origin, their meaning, their invitation.

    Join Fr. Rolheiser on this journey out of the darkness so many of us have experienced recently, back into the light.
    Leader’s guide for groups available.

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