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by Ted Schmidt

The earth dries up and withers,
The world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
Isaiah 24: 4,5
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures…
Ps. 104: 24
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork…
Ps.19: 1
To him who can see, nothing is profane.
Teilhard de Chardin

James Carroll in his provocative little book Toward a New Catholic Church sets out five proposals to renovate the institution he loves. His first suggestion he titles "A New Biblical Literacy." His point is well taken and one which I can readily appreciate. For years I have taught teachers and found this well-educated group lamentably lacking in understanding scripture. Now if this is true for teachers, how much more true is it for the average person in the pew? It should be obvious that grasp of how the sacred story came to be would be
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