Leonardo DiCaprio wins the "Best Actor" Oscar for his performance in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards. In his acceptance speech he addresses the threat of climate change:
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Paul Krugman writing in the New York Times - Planet on the Ballot:
NYT - We now have a pretty good idea who will be on the ballot in November: Hillary Clinton, almost surely (after the South Carolina blowout, prediction markets give her a 96 percent probability of securing her party’s nomination), and Donald Trump, with high likelihood (currently 80 percent probability on the markets). But even if there’s a stunning upset in what’s left of the primaries, we already know very well what will be at stake — namely, the fate of the planet.
Human caused global warming is the single most urgent issue facing all of humanity on a global level. We urge our readers to vote accordingly in the November elections. No other issue is more important.
If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.
Who are we, as men, to say our call from God is authentic,
but God’s call to women is not?
~Father Roy Bourgeois
Pope, Cardinals, and Bishops
you must stop obstructing authentic calls to the priesthood.
You are harming the Church when you refuse to ordain women.
ORDAIN WOMEN, Now.
~Community of St. Bridget
This is worth a quick read...
From The New Yorker - Looking Back By Jeffrey Toobin:
NEW YORK: Antonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed. Belligerent with his colleagues, dismissive of his critics, nostalgic for a world where outsiders knew their place and stayed there, Scalia represents a perfect model for everything that President Obama should avoid in a successor. read full essay
The Cleveland Plain Dealer just published an article on the ongoing priest “shortage” in the Cleveland Diocese. You can read that article if you wish. It’s largely a waste of time, valuable ink and paper.
Basically, a study was commissioned by the Cleveland Diocese. The conclusion was that the already precipitous decline in the number of Catholic Diocese Priests will continue in the coming decades and will inevitably cause continued significant decline in the vitality of the diocese.
The Bishop should have spent our money to help the hungry and sick rather than waste it on this study. Absolutely everybody who has been paying attention knows that the priest “shortage” in the diocese is bad and steadily getting worse. This is NOT new information.
We think there is a good reason for the priest “shortage”. The Roman Church is the largest organization in the world actively working to sustain and promote profound discrimination against women. We believe that this injustice, perpetuated by the church, represents a significant impediment to those seeking priestly ordination. Simply put, why would good people want to be affiliated with a seriously unjust institution?
Any person who feels called to the priesthood can and should seek to be ordained within a church which treats the priestly ordination of men and woman equally. Until the day when the Roman Catholic Church begins ordaining women, we ask all men considering priesthood to seriously consider AVOIDING ordination within the Roman Church.
For the good of this diocese, and for the spiritual growth of all Catholics, we call on Bishop Richard Lennon to immediately begin ordaining qualified women to the priesthood. Bishop, we can point you to a significant number of women in this diocese who are both qualified for and called to the priesthood.
Also, Bishop, if you continue in your refusal to ordain women, it will be clear that treating women as second class Christians is a priority for you - more important than the health and vitality of this Diocese.
The care of this diocese is your responsibility Bishop. The Plain Dealer article and our lived experience both indicate you are failing.
ORDAIN WOMEN - allow married priests.
It takes no faith to confess our imperfections.
It takes faith to declare what God says is true about you in spite of your imperfections!
~Grace and truth from escapetoreality.org
The Community of St. Bridget celebrated Ash Wednesday with the Brecksville UCC. We shared a simple soup supper followed by ashes and communion.
Ash Wednesday reflection
Joel 2:12-13, 15-16a, 18
Ashes have a long tradition as signs of atonement and sacrifice. Mordecai, Job and Jeremiah all covered themselves in ashes. In the Hebrew Scriptures, there are verses on top of verses explaining exactly how to prepare and burn a sacrifice and how to clean up and dispose of the ashes. continue reading
We are not called to be Christians. We are called to be Christs.
~ Madeleine L'Engle
Today, February 10th is the beginning of Lent. The Community of St. Bridget is celebrating with the Brecksville United Church of Christ. We will begin at 6:30 pm with a simple soup supper followed by a communion service and imposition of ashes at 7:00. Please join us downstairs in Pilgrim Hall
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Saturday 5:00 PM
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All are warmly welcomed
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