Articles by Fr. Ron Stanley

THIS IS MY BODY WHICH IS FOR YOU 

 

A reflection on love as self-giving.

ARROGANCE OF POWER 

 

Jesus teaches us that power is to be used only to serve the needs of those who are being governed.

MAKE REAL FRIENDS WITH THE POOR 

 

Regular face-to-face interaction with, and service to, the needy must be an integral part of our busy lives.

SOCIAL JUSTICE vs. CHARITY: THROUGH OUR FINGERS 

 

Charity feeds the hungry. Social justice dares to ask: Why are so many people hungry?

HOPE: NEW WAYS OF LIVING 

 

Whether it deals with drunk drving or second hand smoke, the Iron Curtains or women's rights, God is always surprising us, raising us up to new ways of living and relating.

DRUG ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS POSSESSED BY A DEMON 

 

In Jesus' time there were people possessed by demons. The demons that possess people today are alcohol and drugs.

DO PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW JESUS TO BE SAVED? 

 

Billions of people have never even heard of Jesus. Do Christians believe that God condemns all nonbelievers to hell?

SEEING IS EMPOWERING 

 

We have eyes in our heads, our minds, and in our hearts. Sight, and insight, empower us to do wonderful things.

IS ORIGINAL SIN ORIGINAL GUILT? ARE WE BORN DAMNED? 

 

No one enters the world a sinner, but we all enter into a sinful world.

TRUE HUMILITY 

 

Being humble does not mean putting ourselves down.

THE COSMIC STORY 

 

The evolution of the universe. The cosmic story is our story.

THE NEW ASCETICISM WALKING SOFTLY ON THE EARTH 

 

We are all responsible before God for how our choices either worsen or lessen the ecological crisis.

(This article was originally published in the Feb. 26, 2000 issue of America magazine.)

PURGATORY, HEAVEN, AND HELL 

 

What happens when we die? What are purgatory, heaven, and hell like? Does God really damn people to hell?

HAVE YOU BEEN "BORN AGAIN"? 

Do we need to be "born again" in order to be saved?

OUR CRUCIFIED FRIEND 

 

How can we honor and befriend a crucified criminal?

GOOD NEWS: THE REIGN OF GOD IS AT HAND! 

 

Jesus' message was simple: "The reign of God is at hand!"

WHIPSPERINGS OF GOD 

The story of one person's call by God to the priesthood.

DO CATHOLICS PRAY TO SAINTS? 

 

Aren't we supposed to pray only to God? Why do Catholics pray before statues? Isn't that idol worship?

A GOOD LIFE DOES NOT EARN HEAVEN 

Aren't we saved by faith? Then what is the role of good deeds in our salvation?

THE INDIVIDUAL & THE COMMUNITY 

 

In trying to develop our identities, as individuals and as parts of the community, there is no one right solution for everyone.

THE DUST UNDER OUR BEDS HAS SOMETHING TO SAY 

 

The composition of dust teaches us that we and the stars are all ONE, truly a UNIverse.

LET YOUR ALMS SWEAT 

 

Is a Christian expected to give alms? Not always.

FATAL FLAWS 

 

If we fail to deal with our flaws, they can become fatal.

BE RECONCILED! 

Miracles of reconciliation are the works of God's hand.

I GIVE YOU MY HEART 

 

Jesus gives us His heart.

THEN CAME THE STORM 

 

Life's storms can crush us, or enhance us. Read a diologue in which two people weather their storms very differently.

GOOD FRIENDS 

 

Why are good friends sacred, vital for our growth and happiness?

JESUS IS COMING! 

 

Is the world about to end soon? How would you feel if you learned that Jesus had just returned?

SALT OF THE EARTH 

Christians are not supposed to be just like everybody else.

TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH? 

 

Are there ever situations when we should not tell the whole truth?

GRIEVING 

 

Why is grieving a painful but integral part of life?

THE BIBLE ALONE? 

 

Does the Bible alone teach us all we need to know to be saved?

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 

 

When it comes to racism, should we be color blind? A Catholic perspective on this controversial issue.

AWE 

 

When was the last time your gasped "WOW!"

PERSEVERANCE 

 

Read this brief reflection and you too will be touched by Firefighter Jim's heroic perseverance.

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME 

 

It's not enough to love only our family and friends.

COMMANDED TO LOVE?
 

Isn't love a feeling? How can love be commanded by God, or promised to newlyweds? Read this brief reflection on true love.

COME AND SEE 

 

You are invited to know Jesus, to experience God's love for you, through the Church He founded. Read this to learn more.

FORBIDDEN FRUIT

 

Is there an activity or a relationship you would love to pursue, but which is destroying you?

I NEED TO PRAY

 

Read this to learn more about why we need to pray, what is prayer, 6 billion ways to pray, and how to pray well.

WHO NEEDS GOD? 

 

While many believe in the existence of God, not everyone feels the need for God. Read this and see what you think.

TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE 

 

The difference that really defines people is how we choose to deal with our weaknesses. Read this to help you make the right choice.

PLEASE DON'T CALL IT "LOVE"

 

We can "kill people with kindness." Read this to learn more about tough love, guilt trips, and self-love.

NO ONE FALLS IN LOVE
 

Does one fall in love? Or grow into love?

AFFIRM YOUR NEIGHBOR 

 

Jealousy can kill us. Affirmation helps us to come alive.

ALCOHOL, COLLEGE, & YOU
 

We all need to have a very sober awareness of the place of alcohol. Read this to help you clarify the role of alcohol in your life.

ASHAMED OF YOUR FEELINGS? 

 

Our feelings do not make us good or bad. We are only responsible for what we do with our feelings. Reading this can help you find healing.

CHERISHING OURSELVES

 

Learning to love ourselves can be difficult. Reading this can help.

CONFESSION: THE BITTERSWEET SACRAMENT

 

How is it that confessing our sins can be so difficult, yet bring us so much peace and joy? Read this to help reconsider your attitude towards confession.

A CULT AT RUTGERS: CAMPUS ADVANCE, a k a, INT'L CHURCHES OF CHRIST
 

Mind control cults do exist on campus. What they do is very bad, but they are very good at doing it. Read this to learn what a cult is, how it tries to attract and entrap you, and what cult recruiters won't tell you.

DRUGS ON CAMPUS: P LEASURE IS NOT HAPPINESS

 

Drugs provide a shortcut to intense pleasure, but it is happiness we seek. Read to learn more.

WHAT ON EARTH WILL WE LEAVE THE CHILDREN?

 

What is our Christian attitude towards the earth? Read this reflection on our environment.

FORGIVE! ...AND FORGET?
 

Many of us have been badly hurt by someone. Is forgiveness really possible? desirable? Read about this painful issue.

FUNDAMENTALISM

 

Fundamentalists of various stripes are in the news almost daily. Read this to learn about the nature and origins of fundamentalism, particularly Biblical fundamentalism.

GOD IS DEAD
 

The "god" of hellfire, inquisitions, and wars needs to die. Has this false god killed the God of love in your heart? Read this and reflect on the image you have of God.

GREED: THE SCANDAL OF SCANDALS
 

Greed kills and maims billions of people.

LIVING IN GRATITUDE
 

The only reasonable response to the gift of life is gratitude. Read this and find out why.

HATE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOU HATE YOURSELF
 

We cannot love our neighbor unless we love ourselves. Read this to learn more.

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER 

 

Does honoring your parents always mean obeying them? Read about one of college students' most common problems.

MANY FACES, ONE SMILE 

 

Read this to find our what the Catholic Church teaches about multiculturalism?

MIGHT DOES NOT MAKE RIGHT
 

Does the power to do something give us the right to do so? Read this to see how much suffering is caused by such false thinking.

PREMARITAL SEX
 

This is an issue almost every young person faces. Read this to better understand our Christian tradition in this important area.

QUESTIONING YOUR FAITH
 

College is a time to question why we believe what we do. Read this for guidance.

RELIGION AND SCIENCE
 

Can a Christian accept evolution? Do religion and science contradict each other? Here are some helpful reflections.

SATANIC CULTS

 

Are all satanic cults equally dangerous? Read and learn more.

WHY DOES GOD LET PEOPLE SUFFER?
 

How can a good and all powerful God let people suffer? Here are reflection on the mystery of suffering.

AREN'T WE THE TRUE CHURCH? 

 

Can people outside the Church be saved? Read how Catholic teaching respects religious differences, without encouraging religious indifferentism.

I AM A CATHOLIC BECAUSE...
 

Read here a personal reflection on why one person chooses to be Catholic.

THE PASSIONATE CENTER 

 

The passion of extremists is polarizing us. Can we be passionate about finding common ground? This essay expresses belief that we can, and must.

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Where'd we come from? Who are we? Where'd the Bible come from? What's its importance? Read this article to learn more.

CLARIFYING VALUES 


 

This essay is about the need to clarify our moral values.

I NEVER SPEAK ILL OF ANYONE 

A brief reflection on how we speak about others.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? 

This essay recounts one person's journey towards the use of inclusive, rather than sexist, language.

TWO EYES TO SEE

 

This essay explores the value of seeing our culture, ourselves, and our neighbor from different points of view.

EVERYONE HAS THEIR STORY

 

This article explains how understanding a person's background can give us patience and compassion towards that person.

YOU GOT AN ATTITUDE
 

 

A one page article on how the attitude we chose can make things better or worse.

VIRGIN HEARTS

 

Physical virginity can never be recovered. Read here to find out why virginity of the heart matters most.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Articals writen by Ronald Stanley, O.P. unless otherwise noted.

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