Thursday March 16, 2017

Mary and Ecological Spirituality

By James R. Koelsch Doctoral Student

Mary is a mother, and like all good mothers, she teaches her children virtue and warns them about excess. These lessons would surely include not wasting the precious gifts that God has given us in Creation. Now, Mary might not have admonished Jesus for wasting food while the poor children went without, as my grandmother did to my mother. But I’m sure that the Blessed Mother had other lessons for him about respecting his Father’s gifts in Creation. And I’m sure that she has something to say to us, her spiritual children, on how Christian ecology can promote a more human life that more closely reflects the plan of God.

I’ll be looking to learn some of these lessons at IMRI’s upcoming Marian Forum on April 7, where the topic will be Mary and Ecological Spirituality. Two of our top professors will be presenting papers that will take us well beyond our childhood training. Dr. Deyanira Flores will be tracing how authors in the Tradition have connected Mary to Creation, and Fr. Johann Roten will be describing what an ecologically inspired Marian spirituality might look like.

The registration deadline has been extended to Monday, March 20. Register and learn more.

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