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Let us make every day an Earth Day Print E-mail
Seeing with Jesus' Eyes
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

On clear mornings from my apartment window which faces Platteville's Mound, I enjoy watching the morning sun, like a huge orange-red host, rise majestically from earth's chalice, inspiring me to offer a new day to God.

Beautiful sunrises deepen my respect for God's gift of creation. Celebrating Earth Day on April 22 reminds me of my responsibility to care for this gift.

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Startling news of the resurrection Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Just a few weeks before the most significant Christian holy day of the year, British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking on an evangelical radio program, articulated what, for him, is the meaning of Easter.

He explained that the central message of Easter is "kindness, compassion, hard work, and responsibility." I'm for all of those virtues, but so, I would venture to guess, is any decent person from any background, religious or non-religious. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, fair-minded agnostics, and atheists would all subscribe to that rather abstract and harmless description of the significance of Easter.

In a sense, we shouldn't blame the prime minister for his characterization, for the Christian Churches in general, but especially the Anglican Church, have not distinguished themselves for the crispness of their doctrinal formulations.

But if that's all Easter is about, not to put too fine a point on it, the jig is up.

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Easter and evangelism: learning from St. Paul Print E-mail
The Catholic Difference
Thursday, Apr. 09, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Galatians 1:15-18 is not your basic witness-to-the-Resurrection text.

Yet St. Paul's mini-spiritual autobiography helps us understand just how radically the experience of the Risen Lord changed the first disciples' religious worldview, and why an evangelical imperative was built into that experience.

St. Paul's story

Here's the Pauline text:

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