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Sacred Fire
A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
By Ronald Rolheiser

About the Book

When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful? —Teresa of Ávila

Beloved author Ronald Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality in this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing. With his trademark acuity, wit, and thoughtfulness, Rolheiser shows how identifying and embracing discipleship will lead to new heights of spiritual awareness and maturity. In this new book, Rolheiser takes us on a journey through the dark night of the senses and of the spirit.  Here, we experience the full gamut of human life, pleasure and fervor, disillusionment and boredom. But, as Rolheiser explains, when we embrace the struggle and yearning to know God we can experience too a profound re-understanding to our daily lives.

"What lies beyond the essentials, the basics?" Rolheiser writes. "Where do we go once some of the basic questions in our lives have been answered, or at least brought to enough peace that our focus can shift away from ourselves to others? Where do we go once the basic questions in our lives are no longer the restless questions of youthful insecurity and loneliness? Who am I? Who loves me? How will my life turn out? Where do we go once the basic question in life becomes: How can I give my life away more purely, and more meaningfully? How do I live beyond my own heartaches, headaches, and obsessions so as to help make other peoples' lives more meaningful? The intent of this book is to try to address exactly those questions: How can we live less self-centered, more mature lives? What constitutes deep maturity and how do we reach that place? And, not unimportantly, what constitutes a more adult, Christian discipleship? What constitutes a truly mature following of Jesus?"

As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke suggests, "Live the questions now." In Sacred Fire, Rolheiser's deeply affecting prose urges us on in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a deep and lasting intimacy with God. 

About the Author

Father Ronald Rolheiser was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, in 1947, the oldest of twelve children, to George and Matilda Rolheiser.Ronald's father George, along with his and other German- Russian families, emigrated from Saratov, Russia to settle, as homesteaders, near the Alberta border. In Canada, the immigrants established a community centered on St. Donatus Church in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan.  Ronald's mother Matilda was from a family of homesteaders in a nearby area.  After meeting George at a parish picnic, they married, acquired a farm, near Cactus Lake, within 5 miles of the original Rolheiser homestead.

For Ronald and his siblings, life on a mixed farm included chores before and after school, including seeding and harvesting. Driving farm machinery as a teenager was one of the more enjoyable tasks. The family was active and competitive, playing at the farm and at parish events. Ronald's love of sports has roots in these family times.