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Book of nature and Scripture have the same source

ASK THE BEASTS: DARWIN AND THE GOD OF LOVEElizabeth A Johnson; Bloomsbury; $39.99 (hardback) By Br Brian Grenier CFC IN her latest book Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York, explores the theological meaning of the ecological world in the light of the Christian tradition. She does this by means of a sustained dialogue between Charles ... Read More »

Children flourish when they are loved

By Sr Elvera Sesta EVERY so often, an event occurs that makes you stop and take stock. Let me tell you about one that happened to me recently. It was with my Year 10 Religious Education class – 14 to 15-year-old girls. One girl in particular, Mary (not her real name), was not really interested in anything that I had ... Read More »

Holistic approach to youth evangelisation

Bring Forth Hope: Pope Francis Speaks to the Youth of the World. Fr Christopher Ryan, MGL; St Maryís Press, Christian Brothers Publications, Winona, MN, USA 2014 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn THIS recent small book by Fr Chris Ryan invites young people into a guided faith experience developed over 52 weeks using as a focus messages given by Pope Francis to youth ... Read More »

A clean heart create in me, O God

By Anthony Esolen MY father was the least prudish man I’ve ever known, taking the ordinary goodness of the body completely for granted. That meant, of course, that he turned away from prurient things with sheer indifference, or bemused contempt. One day I was watching on television the BBC’s production of The Tempest, a silly affair featuring an androgynous soft-bellied ... Read More »

Living in a world of wonder

By Peter Holmes  MY earliest memory is of my father introducing me to snow. Snow was a rarity in our part of the world, only falling once or twice in a lifetime. As soon as he saw the flakes falling through our kitchen window, my father swept me, a two-year-old boy, into his arms and stepped out into the cold ... Read More »

Dragon tale returns to flight

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Rated PG, Fantasy themes, violence, 102 minutes. By John McCarthy MAKING excellent use of 3-D technology, the 2010 animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon earned two Oscar nominations and a large payoff at the box office. Although it may seem like an eternity to eager young fans, four years is not an overly long ... Read More »

Action plan for participation in the sacraments

THE SACRAMENTS IN SCRIPTURE: LECTIO DIVINA BIBLE STUDY. Stephen J. Binz; Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division. Our Sunday Visitor Inc. Huntington, IN. USA 2011.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn “OVERWHELMING religious illiteracy… revealed by people’s incomprehension of the place of the Church and the seven sacraments in making Christ’s work of salvation present and accessible today” was reported in The Catholic Leader ... Read More »

A spirit of self-sacrifice

EDGE OF TOMORROW: Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson. Directed by Doug Liman. 114 minutes. Rated M (Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language). By John Mulderig THE coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one. That boiled-down version of a duo of lines from Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar – quoted in its more compact form ... Read More »

Who is the human person?

By Bernard Toutounji THERE is a cartoon image which shows Kermit the frog visiting the doctor. The doctor is examining an X-ray of Kermit which shows that it is actually a human hand animating the frog’s body. In the speech bubble the doctor is seen to say “Have a seat Kermit. “What I’m about to tell you may come as ... Read More »

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