Highlights from Pope Francis in chapter 6 of Fratelli Tutti: Approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another, and to find common ground: all these things are summed up in the one word “dialogue”. If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue. (198) We need constantly […] […]Read more "Pope Francis on Universal Values and Dialogue — Millennial"
Upon the passing of October, we become bombarded with advertisements intended to convince us to buy holiday gifts. The message is the purchases will lead to holiday bliss. Of course, gift-giving is admirable, but to what extent when it is intertwined with consumerism? Older holiday movies offer a view into a modest level of holiday […]Read more "It’s that time of the season. By Julie Peller Ph.D."
December 4 – 8, 2020 “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I would like to take this opportunity to introduce all my followers to the third annual conference presented by the Center for Christogenesis. Join others of like mind and soul […]Read more "Center for Christogenesis Third Annual"
“I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” ~ Viktor Frankl I did my thesis work on the relationship in Viktor Frankl and Aristotle’s discovery process and how the two arrived at the same understanding […]Read more "Aristotle, Viktor Frankl, and Nicolas Cole."
Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation, and political action are interwoven as a seamless garment. This is what we call Church. We see this in Thomas Merton, Thomas Keatings, Richard Rohr, and yes, Pope Francis. The Hank Center and the various lectures they present help us understand what is happening at the intersection […]Read more "Justice, Ecology, Social Action, Contemplation and a lecture from Steven Millies"
An area of my research focuses on microplastics, especially as they relate to the contamination of water environments. Synthetic microfibers are a class of microplastics and are the tiny fibrous pieces that make up much of today’s fabrics. The synthetic textiles are used in the manufacture of clothing, carpet, blankets, toys and so much more. […]Read more "Microplastics, and water by Julie Peller Ph.D."
The autumn season is an excellent time of the year for people to connect with nature and realize their full dependency on creation. An understanding of humanity’s reliance on the natural world was necessary for survival in the pre-industrial ages, unlike the present time. Similarly, indigenous people have always been united with nature, knowing they […]Read more "Autumn is a time to connect by Julie Peller Ph.D."
I am a big fan of the work of the Hank Center at Loyola University in Chicago. Many of the themes we all discuss on this site address issues we see in the encyclicals of Pope Francis and his homilies and other writings including speeches.Yesterday the Hank Center had a panel discussion(short intro below) discussing […]Read more "The Hank Center Panel Discussion"
The reality of our changing climate and the need for earthly healing are playing out in full force amid this year’s Season of Creation’s Jubilee theme for the Earth. The enormous devastation caused by wildfires and hurricanes, in addition to other extreme weather events, likely generates feelings of despair instead of a celebratory mood. Current […]Read more "The reality of our changing climate. By Julie Peller Ph.D"