As we live in a world of change, we need to reflect on the two significant changes humans have experienced: The Agricultural revolution and the Industrial Revolution, to see how the “technology” of each era shaped and molded their thinking and actions. We should not forget the “technology” of the Agricultural and Industrial ages shaped […]Read more "Are People of Religion Social Engineers?"
The expansive use of plastics in modern society is due to the many different properties of these materials and their low cost. It is important to keep in mind that plastics are made from fossil fuels, petroleum and natural gas, which took millions of years to form. While just a handful of plastic polymers have been […]Read more "“Save the Fish From Plastic.” By Julie Peller Ph.D"
The month of may marked the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. “In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our […]Read more "Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home. By Julie Peller Ph.D"
I had the wonderful opportunity to take a nature walk at a local park, which included hiking through grassy fields and along beautiful areas of wildflowers. These fields are allowed to grow naturally; they are not manipulated by the input of chemicals to eliminate plants that are not grass, the more common scenario when it […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 13 JULY 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PHD."
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"
I would like to introduce a column we will be adding called the “Green Junction” by Julie Peller PhD. 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 […]Read more "Green Junction: By Julie Peller PhD"
“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"
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"
The Second Vatican Council’s third major category is called ‘Revelation‘. Not only through scripture but also through tradition and history. In the documents, there is an emphasis on scripture. The Latin rite history was less accustomed to placing emphasis on scripture than on canon law. Revelations, if you think about it is God speaking to […]Read more "God Speaks to Us….Are We Listening?"
This blog and subsequent blogs for the next few weeks, that I will write, will center on the Documents of Vatican II. An event in the Catholic Church with attendance and participation by mainline protestant denominations back in the 1960s. John XXIII, a pope, chosen because many believed, at the time he would be a […]Read more "Vatican II. Are you there?"