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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 […]

“That Mountain which is Christ”

I have written about the spirituality of mountain climbing before, for which Pope John Paul II has a beautiful reflection, posted here. Recently a friend brought to my attention an official Catholic prayer for the blessing of tools for rock climbing, approved by Pope Pius XI. Here the Church recognizes the spiritual dimension of our […]

Lent and Nature II: From Creation to the Cross

This year Pope Benedict XVI launched Lent with a homily for Ash Wednesday that offered several insights into the Catholic view of creation and the environment. His homily centered on the “ashes”, the central symbol for Ash Wednesday and an important one for the Lenten season. Following the trajectory of ashes from creation, through sin to […]

Africa, Reconciliation and Environment

During the Pope’s trip to Benin in Africa there have been a few statements relevant to the environment. Most of the message of the trip has centered on “hope”, as well as moral and spiritual matters. Pope Benedict XVI insisted throughout his trip, and especially in his Apostolic Exhortation Africae munus, that Africa is a sign […]

Lent and Nature Part I: Preamble for Reconciliation

I have spoken before about the relationships between the season of Lent, that precedes Easter, and the environment: last year Pope Benedict XVI spoke of conversion, related to the ecological conversion. This year the reference to the environment is somewhat more explicit. Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of lent, and in yesterday’s catechesis […]

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