As a vegan Catholic, during Lent I take an approach to plant-based cooking that is simple and modest. But vegan recipes can also be incredibly indulgent and celebratory — when Lent is over, and the church is feasting.
Rain is beautiful and nourishing, to be appreciated and celebrated. Rain can also be inconvenient and destructive in our climate-challenged world. What is it that enables some people to see the same phenomenon as something to endure, while others see it as something to celebrate?
Religious institutions were present at the international summit on climate change in Egypt, to lend their moral influence. But one of their most significant contributions to the cause is more tangible: church finances.
At the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes stands a weathered, gray rock near the holy spring, called "Mother Seton's Rock." St. Elizabeth Ann Seton sat on this rock on Sunday afternoons and taught the children.