Backpacking and Faith

Today Pope Benedict XVI officially proclaimed the beggining of the year of faith with an inaugural Mass and a private note with reflections on Vatican II. During the Mass the Pope spoke about the importance of faith, in continuum with Vatican II and the teachings of the most recent Pope’s since then. IN concluding his […]

The Cardinal and the Atheist

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1QHO_AVZA] Here is an excellent debate on TV between Cardinal Pell of Sydeny and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Inevitably much of the argument ends up on different views on creation and evolution and Cardinal Pell (who has approached environmental issues before) does a good job of defending the intelligence of the Catholic position and maintaining his […]

Bees and Liturgy

Bees are back in Catholic Liturgy, on the most important celebration of all, the Easter exsultet. This is from an article from New Liturgical Movement. I have posted on Easter and bees here, and here. Soon I will post on Pope Pius XII message to beekeepers, though if you want a sneak peak see the full NLM article here. Below the […]

Easter, Bee’s and Honey

I have written before about the spiritual dimension of bees and how they can also be a source of solidarity. This Easter season, as bee keepers in the northern hemisphere are getting ready to start new hives and catch swarms, there are a few more interesting parallels. In yesterday’s Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter […]

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