The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality, by Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., 1999

257 pages

Thoughts on The Holy Longing:

Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. has a high, initially irritating voice.  He speaks with a bit of a Canadian accent because he was born and raised and mostly educated in Canada.  His parents were very poor immigrants from eastern Europe who settled in an “obscure little hamlet on the vast Canadian prairies” (p. 164).  They struggled to learn English but blessed their son Ronald in his continuing pursuit of philosophy, first in Ottawa, then in Edmonton, then in San Francisco, then in Belgium.

His curriculum vitae describes him as a “community builder, lecturer, and writer.  He has been a theology and philosophy professor and is ordained as a priest by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  Since 2005 he has been the president of the Oblate School of Theology in…

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Elusive Peace

June 19, 2014

Authentic Freedom Academy

Today’s blog comes to us from reader, John Backman (bio below).  John and I have had several conversations about Emerging Church and we seem to be of the same mind on this topic.  I appreciate the way John continues to remind me of the things of value in the traditional church and things not to be left behind as we allow space for the Church that is trying to be born!  John, thank you for keeping me grounded and humble!   

Where Will the Future Church Meet? Not in Church

My wife and I raise guinea pigs. That makes us part of an obscure hobby with maybe 1,000 other folks across the U.S. We meet at shows, often in barns, wearing jeans and sweats sprinkled with animal hair.

A hobby this small has its own dynamic, and it’s much like a family. We attract colorful eccentrics and needy people. We gossip, fight, and disagree about…

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