Four years ago, I proposed a topic for a master’s thesis in a journalism program. The topic was Catholic Social Teaching on Care of Creation, and how the church had communicated – or failed to communicate – the message. The idea to research this topic came on a Florida balcony as I looked out over … More Pope Francis’ Encyclical: The Culture of Care
In honor of the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton When I first encountered a book about the man who become my primary spiritual guide, I put it on a shelf unread for 15 years. I was not ready when I first heard of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and writer. I was 25 and on … More The Seeds of Thomas Merton
In avoiding malls and present-buying in the days before Christmas, I discovered a great gift. Instead of finding bargains or new gadgets that I didn’t know existed, I encountered for the first time two poems: “Annunciation” by Denise Levertov and “Hagia Sophia” by Thomas Merton. Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest and master teacher at the Living … More Celebrating the Feminine Divine
I have belatedly discovered Krista Tippett’s radio interview program, “On Being.” In listening to a recent program with Joanna Macy, a Buddhist, ecological philosopher and translator of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, I felt in the company of kindred spirits.
[Note: Below is the text of a speech I gave at the NC Conference on Religion and Climate Change Oct. 13, 2014. I decided to publish it on this blog after several people asked for copies and our pastor, Fr. Steve Patti, OFM, based part of a recent homily on it.] Consider this quote: “Our … More Why We’re Called to Protect the Gift of Creation: The Catholic Church and Climate Change