A hundred years ago, Nietzche had his mystical madman smash a lantern in the marketplace and announce to Western Culture that "God is dead!". Few people took him seriously. Today, we would. Faith, if not shattered, is shaken by cultural values. The Shatterd Lantern drew from a variety of stories and experiences to offer a spiritual antidote. The author suggests that, "The way back to a lively faith is not a question of finding the right answers, but living in a certain way." The existence of God, like the air we breathe, need not be proven. It is a question of developing good lungs to meet it correctly. Ronald Rolheiser shines a new light on the contemplative path of Western Christianity. He offers a way back home.
Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In addition to being a popular speaker and writer whose books (over ten in print) are popular throughout the world and whose weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide, he is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.
Rolheiser is among the most popular and inclusive spiritual writers today. Although rooted in the Catholic faith, he is able to transcend denominational boundaries and religious language to appeal to both practicing Christians and unaffiliated seekers.