The Holy Longing

I wish to focus on what I believe is the most fundamental essence of who we are and how we navigate this world. One of the most influential books about this question of what is driving me and you, what makes church appealing is Ronald Rolheiser’s book, The Holy Longing, published in 1999. Rolheiser is a Catholic priest, now 71 years old. He was born in rural Saskatchewan, in central Canada. The Holy Longing is his most popular book. Rolheiser’s premise is this: We are all born with a fire, a desire. As a result, our most fundamental decisions are about what to do with that desire.

Kathleen R. Smythe loves teaching history, globalization, and sustainability at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also excited about working with The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies project. Her third book, Whole Earth Living: Reconnecting Earth, History, Body and Mind is due out next year with Dixi Books. She works to promote a local (particularly food) economy and loves hiking, biking, cooking, eating, and hanging out with friends and family. You can check out some of her writing at: