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NDA Environmental Club Update

4 Jun

6-4-2013

The NDA Environmental Club tripled its composting capacity this year and planted 40 trees in a Gallatin National Forest in Montana through the Arbor Day Foundation.

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NDA Environmental Club – Recycling Efforts

15 Nov

11-15-2012

 

The NDA Environmental Club was fortunate enough to be part of a special recycling effort for the Kenton County Government.  Also, we are engaging in a recycling program for the NDA Advancement Office.

NDA Environmental Club – Arbor Day Donation

14 Jun

The NDA Environmental Club donated $25 to the Arbor Day Foundation this past year planting 25 trees in US National Forests.

Holy Thursday Reflection

5 Apr

I got this reflection from Creighton University’s Online Ministry page by Rev. Rich Gabuzda:

New Life

As these Holy Three Days unfold for us once again, we are drawn into the silence of the Upper Room, where Jesus speaks carefully chosen words to his chosen friends.  In view of the events to follow on Good Friday, he offers them a gift—a gift that is at once ancient and at the same time completely new.  He celebrates this meal with them, recalling the ancient covenant which gave the Jewish people their identity as the “chosen.”  But now he infuses this ritual with new life and mysterious meaning:  Over the cup he says, “This is the new covenant in my blood.”

To his hearers, the words “blood” and “covenant” would have had a familiar ring.  The Jewish mind was trained to know that “where there is blood, there is life.”  But here Jesus shapes the meaning of this ancient connection so that this blood communicates his life, divine life. No longer the blood of goats and calves (Heb. 9, 12), but his own blood, the fruit of his sacrificial love, given as the New Covenant.

We want to allow ourselves to be drawn by the awe of hearing those words from the altar, day after day.  Jesus’ blood, his sacrificial love, offered again and again.  We are invited to place in the cup all that threatens to divide us from this holy communion:  our fears, our desire to live life on our own terms, our unforgiveness, our doubts.  His death means death to all that separates us from him; his life conquers all death.  Drink, be cleansed, be renewed!  In this blood, there is new life!

Regarding Kony 2012

18 Mar

Regarding Kony 2012, I think the video is a great case study in how videos and movements can go viral in our era. I also think it is a good case study in caution. The more research I have done the more I have seen that Invisible Children has links to the Ugandan Military (not the best track record of protecting people). Also, it is a stealth Evangelical group that likely views Catholics with suspicion. Finally, the filmmaker’s recent public breakdown betrays a sort of instability that I am guessing has its root some form of narcissism. For me, the most uncomfortable part of his video was his use of his son. As a parent, it seemed self-serving, perhaps manipulative and definitely not something in which I would involve a child of that age.

I do think the idea of getting involved should be something you are fired up about in life. Contacting leaders of government and industry as well as taking direct action regarding issues that are important to you is always advisable. I will say the notion of caution on this was present from the outset in the faculty lounge. We did research and the findings are mixed at best about Invisible Children. We do however have a direct link to Uganda in the form of our sister school and the personal failings of one celebrity activist should not deter any good will and solidarity we feel toward the people of Uganda. We can just do it in a more reliable manner. Those are my $.02. – DM

Robert Barron responding to a Viral Video

2 Feb

http://www.wordonfire.org/WOF-TV/Commentaries-New/Fr-Barron-comments-on-Why-I-Hate-Religion,-But.aspx

This is a good commentary on that viral video of last month.   I agree w/ Barron that Jesus engaged in religious behaviors, the New Testament was composed by people engaging in religious behaviors and that the New Testament in Acts and Paul’s letters uses words such as “deacon”, “priest” and “bishop” that don’t make any sense outside of a religious context. Therefore, I thought the viral video was incoherent.

Vatican Solar Panels

2 Sep

I thought this might be of interest

 

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=9227