And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us...

A few weeks ago, an organization for which I serve on the Board of Directors sponsored a keynote speaker for our annual conference. He's a philosopher who leans far to the left and makes no bones about it. In many ways, he reminds me of my oldest brother, whom I love dearly, even with our philosophical differences.

Anyway, much of what the speaker said about ecology was good. But his understanding of Christianity was simplistic and, as such, far off the mark. One statement was particularly troubling. He said that Catholics learned to appreciate the natural world only when John Paul II re-read the Book of Genesis.

I have since been in communications with him. I hope our dialogue helps him understand the great link between divinity and creation that we Catholics have always accepted and, today, celebrate and proclaim during the Solemnity of the Annunciation.

I’ll be posting more about my meeting with this philosopher, but for now, I’d like to simply acknowledge the great gift of Mary’s Fiat, and the immense implications it had for the beginning of God’s recreation of His dearly loved creation.

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Catholic Ecology posts my regular column in the Rhode Island Catholic, as well as scientific and theological commentary about the latest eco-news, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. What is contained herein is but one person's attempt to teach and defend the Church's teachings - ecological and otherwise. As such, I offer all contents of this blog for approval of the bishops of the Church. It is my hope that nothing herein will lead anyone astray from truth.