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Lost in Cyberspace! Or at Least on the Arizona 101 Loop. — 2 Comments

  1. Father James;
    My thanks for all you did to make FAW 2019 so memorable; certainly the very special Mass you celebrated under the night sky in the Arizona desert, but also the gentle and insightful perspectives you provided. A question-if my memory serves me correct, you had mentioned something about the Eastern Orthodox (perhaps it was another) tradition viewing our relationship with and appreciation of the gift of the natural environment as an ‘8th’ sacrament. Could you clarify my admittedly faulty memory and amplify?

    Also, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about technology and appreciation of the natural gifts around us. I was astounded when I read that more than 50% of school students in a survey stated that watching a DVD on a national park was ‘as good’ as actually visiting one of these marvels. It’s by outreach that we lead others to the sense of wonder and connection. One quote I frequently use in my presentations came from the Senegalese conservationist Baba Dioum-‘People will not conserve what they do not love; they cannot love what they do not understand; they cannot understand what they are not taught’. Substitute ‘exposed to’ for ‘taught’, and I believe that fits into your thoughtful post.

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