Day: April 22, 2010

VTS environmental lecture online tonight

Today is Earth Day and to honor its importance we are holding the Third Annual Kreitler lecture this evening at 7:00 pm in the Lettie Pate Evans Auditorium. Tonight’s speaker is William C. Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

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Statement by Catholic bishops of England and Wales

Our first thoughts are for all who have suffered from the horror of these crimes, which inflict such severe and lasting wounds. They are uppermost in our prayer. The distress we feel at what has happened is nothing in comparison with the suffering of those who have been abused.

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Earth Day spiritual practices

“Everything in nature has a trademark, God’s trademark: the stripes on a shell and the stripes on a zebra; the grain of the wood and the veins of the dry leaf…”

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Rehabilitating the image of the Magdalene

Veronese’s painting of a remorseful (but bare-breasted) young woman? Donatello’s statue of a hideously aged but spiritually purified hermit? What about the many film versions of Jesus’ life that depicted Mary as a prostitute? They could all be traced back to the sixth-century sermon in which Pope Gregory I conflated Mary of Magdala with other women in the Gospels, and identified her as an iconic repentant sinner.

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Creation’s plan

The world, we are told, was made especially for man—a presumption not supported by all the facts. A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything, living or dead, in all God’s universe, which they cannot eat or render in some way what they call useful to themselves.

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