Monthly Web Picks

Given the environmental issues computer disposal presents, this month's picks focus on environmental stewardship.

As in so many other areas of activity, the Holy Father often knows best. Read the message he gave for the 1990 World Day of Peace, “Peace with God the Creator, Peace with all of Creation” at www. vatican. va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/pea ce/index.htm.

The Catholic Conservation Center at conservation.catholic.org is a project of the Environmental Group of St. John the Baptist parish in Wading River, N.Y. The online center provides an opportunity for Catholics and all people of good will to learn about the Catholic tradition as it relates to ecology, environmental justice and the stewardship of creation.

The Catechism has something to say here as well. See Nos. 2415 through 2418 at scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a7.htm as well as No. 339.

Catholic-Animals, The Catholic Study Circle for Animal Welfare, can be found at catholic-animals.org. The president of the study circle is the bishop of Nottingham, England. Three times a year it publishes The Ark, a 62-page journal covering every aspect of the study group's interests.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the Environmental Justice Program in 1993. Their Web site tells us: “EJP seeks to educate and motivate Catholics to a deeper respect for God's creation and to engage parishes in activities aimed at dealing with environmental problems, particularly as they affect the poor.” See details at nccbuscc.org/sdwp/ejp/.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.