Essay: To capture more fully the force of Dorothy Day's life, vision, and voice for our age, it is essential that we seek beyond the usual platitudes.
The deer showed up three times last week. Being half Irish, and therefore always primed for “signs” -- mystical or otherwise -- I suspected they had something important to say, especially so close to Earth Day.
As it turned out, they did.
In one of their appearances, the deer came as bearers of grief, arriving April 19 through a Columbus Dispatch obituary.
Eco Catholic: "These women are digging gardens and offsetting carbon. They're as well-versed in solar and geothermal technology as they are the Gospels of Luke and John."
Eco Catholic: St. Francis was the champion of the destitute but also the patron saint of ecology, and the pope might invoke that part of his namesake's legacy.
In Guatemala, I am a guest of the Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia (Sisters of the Holy Family). They are a sister community to my Loretto community. These are great Guatemalan women, tracing their community roots to Belgium, and they now have sisters in Africa. (Yes, Mary Ann McGivern is a Loretto friend and NCR blogger, as well!)