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Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin by Ursula King; Orbis Books

Throughout this easy to read and inspiring book, the reader is captivated by the courage and commitment of this Jesuit priest as he pursues his academic and mystical search for the origins of human life. He roams the earth doing scientific research while asking profound questions about the meaning and goal of both human life and the life of the entire cosmos. One can observe in his writings that his scientific pursuits led him to see clearly the presence of God in all of creation, affirming his Christian faith in the incarnation. As the author says, it was this presence that Teilhard “strongly felt, fervently believed in, and portrayed with a spiritual power rarely matched by other writers.”  Thomas Berry says of him, “From the viewpoint of our present understanding of the universe it could be said that Teilhard is the most significant Christian theologian since Saint Paul…” He was clearly ahead of his time and suffered much for it. Today his thinking is mainstream in many circles, and his powerful vision sheds light on the concerns of our time.

Bright Ideas

Decrease Electronic Waste

Discarded electronics now account for 5 percent of the municipal solid waste stream worldwide and about 70 percent of the hazardous heavy metals (including lead, chromium, cadmium, and mercury) in U.S. landfills. E-waste is now the fastest growing component of the municipal solid waste stream because people are upgrading their mobile phones, computers, televisions, audio equipment and printers more frequently than ever before. Mobile phones and computers are causing the biggest problem because they are replaced most often. You can rein in this e-waste by: repairing or upgrading current technology rather than buying new; buying one device that takes the place of two or more (like a printer with copier and scanner); donating working electronics to a school, church, or non-profit; recycling electronics in municipal or commercial recycling programs; returning electronics to the manufacturer or store “take-back” program. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year. For every million cell phones we recycle, 35,000 lbs. of copper, 772 lbs. of silver, 75 lbs. of gold, and 33 lbs. of palladium can be recovered. For recycling locations in your community go to:

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Resources / Links
Ethical Eating: This booklet in the “live simply” series from Franciscan Media offers facts, encouragement and practical tips for seeking simplicity in the food we eat.  It helps with choosing more wholesome foods, appreciating the land, animals and farmers that provide it, and understanding the social, economic and environmental ties between physical and spiritual nourishment.  You can order it at
Wholly Healthy: This booklet of the “live simply” series from Franciscan Media offers tips to help you live a simpler life, and to balance your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Cost is $1.99.  Order from Franciscan Media at .
Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: In this booklet, the author, Albert Haase, OFM, reflects on each phrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, offering the reader ideas of what it means to truly be a peacemaker. He challenges us to look beyond ourselves and toward God and all of humanity. Published by Franciscan Media. Cost is $8.99. You can order it at .

The Holy See
National Catholic Conference of Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Franciscan Media
Zenit: Catholic News from Rome
Order of Friars Minor (OFM) International Web Site
Consistent Life (formerly Seamless Garment Network)
Earth Ministry
Secular Franciscan Order’s Ecology Commission
USCCB Environmental Justice Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Web of Creation
St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University
Franciscans International at the United Nations (Geneva and New York)
Bread for the World
Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
National Right to Life Committee
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Global Peace Services USA
The Institute for Peace and Justice
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pax Christi USA
1,000 Years of Peace, sponsored by St. Anthony Messenger Press
Teaching Tolerance
Los Alamos Study Group