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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 […]

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 […]

Snakes, medicine and the mystery of evil

There is an interesting article today in O Globo from Brazil on a recent discovery of medical uses obtained from the jararaca (in tupi it means large snake) poison. The jararaca is the name of a very common poisonous and deadly snake in Brazil, and responsible for a large amount of snake attacks in the country. I remember growing […]

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