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A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

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First of all, please understand up front and in no uncertain terms that I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for Fr. Ron Rolheiser. I have taken classes from him at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and have met him and talked with him in social settings outside the classroom. I have found him to be invariably charitable, witty, intelligent, approachable, possessed of a mischievous sense of humor, as well as prodigiously gifted as a teacher. What strikes me most about Fr. Rolheiser are two things:  (1) his great compassion toward victims of suicide and the ones they leave behind – he writes a column on this every year – and (2) he has a vanishingly rare sense of what I can only call the tragedy of human finitude, alluding often to Fr. Karl Rahner’s rem