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Mother Nature is one unreliable lady Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Conservation International has sponsored a series of videos that have become YouTube sensations, garnering millions of views.

They feature famous actors -- Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford, and others -- voicing different aspects of the natural world, from the ocean, to the rain forest, to redwood trees. The most striking is the one that presents Mother Nature herself, given voice by Julia Roberts.

Nature’s indifference

They all have more or less the same message, namely, that nature finally doesn't give a fig for human beings, that it is far greater than we, and will outlast us. Here are some highlights from the Mother's speech:

Theme four: Two Become One Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Veronica Arntz

To prepare for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September, the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Madison is providing a monthly series on a particular theme on marriage and family. Each theme is a chapter in the preparatory catechesis developed for the event entitled Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, available in paperback from or for free online at

How low can society go? Print E-mail
Making a Difference
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products -- from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations -- it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.

But dismembering and vacuuming babies out of their mother's wombs, and then selling their body parts, is as low as it gets.