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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Monthly Round-Up: October's Collection Pt. 2 (maybe)

Q1- Why don’t you just move from Duluth to Grand Rapids and get it over with already? Q2- Why do you commute literally hundreds of miles a month to a job? 

A1- Upwardly-mobile, promotional moving that is driven primarily by monetary motive doesn’t solve much I’m afraid. The decision to move or not to move (or even to sell), must be made with the utmost care and delicacy folks. It demands thoughtful reflection along with an acceptable resolution between the love(s) for work, faith-community, relational-desire, and north shore environment. 

A2- As far as commuting to and from the workplace –that’s an even more sensitive topic with me these days. A topic so filled with complexity and competing priorities that I can’t even begin to illuminate how important it is, yet alone try to reconcile the issues like my increasing carbon foot print. Oh sure, there are many professionals who drive for a living. I respect all of you, especially those who deliver important packages. That’s not really what I mean. 

Ken Nordine often asked, “What’s he building in there?” 

He also echoes, “What’s he thinking about in there?…(in the vehicle)…in the time-commitment. Imagine fifteen-hours a week devoted to that drive… back and forth, every day… seems like one might need some snacks."

Perhaps the only really gratifying experience with long-distance work commuting is the simple fact that I have ample opportunity for prayer & dialogue. Perhaps it’s also the opportunity to observe a rare wildlife viewing event like this - October highway - morning encounter with an East Floodwood moose. I call him the “browsing adolescent”.  Intellectual for sure, but definitely an extrovert and a showboat! How many moose do you know who will pose for the camera? (music by Dustin O' Halloran- Opus 23)

Principles of Catholic Environmentalism: Because of the excesses associated with environmentalism in an increasingly pagan West, many Catholics shy away from formal involvement with the “environmental movement”. At the same time, Catholics are (or ought to be) by the very nature of their Faith deeply committed to responsible stewardship over nature, cultivating and even improving God’s patrimony for the common good. Read More

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For Reflection: Embrace suffering to foster a love for Creation

Rev. Bud Grant, Professor of Theology at St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA), not former Viking coach ed. proposes a solution to saving the planet that isn’t quite as marketable -- or simple -- as reduce, re-use and recycle.  His idea? Embrace suffering, out of love for both God’s creation and future generations.

 “I’m going to suggest suffering is an environmental virtue -- in fact, the environmental virtue,” said Fr. Grant, who specializes in environmental ethics.  In the opening keynote address entitled “Back to the Garden” at last Saturday’s diocesan Institute for Catholic Social Ministry in Peoria, IL, he outlined the “vast” scope of the crises threatening the earth, including global warming.  “If we’re going to save the planet, we have to start acting like doctors,” he said.  “We have a very sick patient,” he added, noting that 18 of the last 20 years were the warmest ever recorded. His prescription of “redistributive suffering” -- sacrificing our standard of living so that the impact of the environmental crises shifts away from the world’s poor and future generations -- is rooted in faith and family. Read More

1 comment:

Toni Dubuque said...

Love your moose...what personality.