Opinion From Herald columnists and readers
This winter has certainly brought us swinging temperatures. Snowing one day and in the sixties the next. Freezing temps for four days, two days of blissfully warm sunshine (no jacket needed), then more snow! Green grass peeking through on one side of the yard, and on the opposite side is frozen solid ground with a thin layer of ice. How does this effect our landscapes? Will they survive? What’s a gardener to do? Is there a prayer for that?
It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about 300 other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the Church’s outreach to the young.
I saw the film “1917” on the vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there’s a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me.
The snow has begun. It is expected to last 18 hours, piling nine inches high and crippling weekend plans. The streets are emptying, the collective dash to the grocery store completed.
But here in our cul-de-sac, the party is about to begin.
I’m beginning the new year with a clean office. It seems a good place to start, a practical way to set me up for any other resolutions I make.
Of all the books to select for review at the beginning of the new year, one would think the category we should most avoid is books on politics and culture. With a presidential election looming, international tensions mounting, and conflict in the Church, perhaps we are safer in probing mythic symbolism of the lilies of the field in the Sermon on the Mount. Is it really possible to identify some of the causal influences for the divisions in our society without tearing each other apart?
The year 2020 is here! Think green, recycle, reuse, eat clean, conserve water, grow organic, to bee or not to bee — all are worth pondering as we enter our new decade. Another way to be good stewards of the earth is composting. Consider these benefits:
The noted apologist and philosopher Peter Kreeft once observed the saints as ones who “had wandering minds, and to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home. They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer, like the Good Shepherd.” Let’s face it: our image of the saints tends toward the other-worldly — folks definitely not like we mere mortals, but rather “men and women that are amazing for their moral intellect, spiritual strength, and for the effects their choices and actions had on the birth of Europe and Western civilization,” (from Saints that Changed the World, Moderno, Italy). I always felt that we love and admire the saints simply because they are just not like us at all.
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