What is Ecotheology? I found this to be spot on…as the saying goes, and it is from Portland Seminary: “Ecotheology is a form of study and thinking that combines the disciplines of ecology (the study of organisms and their environments) and theology (the study of God and religious beliefs). Ecotheology examines creation through the lenses […]Read more "Ecotheology: It’s time for a hermeneutic"
Lord, as we start out each day, nudge us to be kind, to say only that which builds up one another. To reach out to those in need and be a source of comfort. Each day I reflect on the writings of my favorite Patristic teacher, Ephrem. “Scripture brought me to the Gate of Paradise, […]Read more "Reflections 6.19.19"
Julie Peller PhD, is an environmental chemist (Professor of Chemistry at Valparaiso University ) and she leads the Environmental Ministry at Nativity of Our Savior in Portage IN. Julie has been writing a weekly column for church bulletins for the past ~5 years called the Green Junction and is helping to move the call of Laudato Si […]Read more "Green Junction: by Julie Peller PhD."
Aristotle’s philosophy stresses biology, instead of mathematics like Plato. We as humans have distinct built-in patterns of development, similar to what we are discussing here in construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction. (Martin Buber) The understanding we have today of the universal Christ as part of creation is something Aristotle was discussing in his own way, even […]Read more "Reflections: Trinity, Aristotle, and Self"
“God is the unconditional love and forgiveness that Jesus reveals, but God is also the energy that lies at the base of everything that is.” – Ron Rolheiser, OMI We often forget that God loves us way before we ever come to meet God. The Greater Good in life is achieved with action. The price […]Read more "Reflections: 5 June 2019"
“The saints are what they are, not because of their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else.” -Thomas Merton The gift of sainthood is the acceptance, recognition, and belief in the Universal Christ. Because we meet the Living God in the […]Read more "Reflections: 27 May 2019"
“The only really absolute mysteries in Christianity are the self-communication of God in the depths of existence, which we call GRACE, and in HISTORY we call CHRIST.” – Karl Rahner, SJ As I fed the birds this morning four enormous rabbits showed up and ate with the birds side by side, no fear of each […]Read more "GRACE, HISTORY, and CHRIST"
As we come to the close of another academic year, and just a few months away from the start of another, the question comes to my mind: How do we as non-clerical and clerical people of God, understand our 3R’s; Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships to seminary education? What do we or can we do to […]Read more "Seminarians"
Click on the link and watch this eleven minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL6eNmGxnbQ&fbclid=IwAR1yzcSvxAkAjC8reGQl6CDN-IGtf0l7LnN5BYCmMISueWlLKMHqht8Brq4&app=desktop I watched and listened to the words in this video clip, Merton speaks to all of us who understand the Universal Christ, and the journey we all take in the modern world as a path of contemplation, and as Merton says “God is […]Read more "On The Road…A reflection on the thoughts of Thomas that went to the soul of who we are as humans"
Our world is all about ourselves. The journey of the Disciple is to make it all about the Universal Christ. We rarely discern God’s will among the nitty-gritty of daily life, (at least I know I haven’t) and we often make spirituality more difficult for ourselves along the journey. How often have we misunderstood our […]Read more "Our world is all about ourselves"