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A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

A Stroll through the Cherry Orchard with Fr. Rolheiser

Archetype, Christianity, Compassion, conflict, critical judgment, culture, doubt, epistemology, Ethics, faith, Freud, God, Human Condition, Ideology, Jesus, Jung, Kierkegaard, Literature, monotheism, Myth, Mythology, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Rationality, Religion, Scripture, Skeptic, The Divine, Theodicy, Theology, Uncategorized
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...
Mindful Monday: Projection: "What I see is who I am"

Mindful Monday: Projection: "What I see is who I am"

Buddhism, mindfulness, Spirituality
It's Labor Day, so I am shamelessly taking the day off and letting Cheri Huber speak for me with a great quote about projection. We all project, yet it can be a shock when we learn about projection and understand not only how often we do it [read: all the time] but how long we've lived without knowing that we do it. Mindfulness practice can bring it into increasingly sharper focus. I know someone who sits in harsh judgment of her family and former friends but doesn't realize that the reason she's doing it is because she can't stand to think how she's judged by others and, perhaps more to the point, how she judges herself. Having been in the same position for many years, I have compassion for another in this kind of pain, at the same time that being harshly judged myself makes me want to sc...