Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick: Home, Community, Church

From the podcast: “We are called to be pilgrims in this world. But if you have ever gone on a pilgrimage, you know the experience is dominated by place — whether it’s the destination, or the journey to it. One cannot be a pilgrim and be nowhere. The pilgrim is where he is. He is changed by the place where he is, and his presence changes it. ”

Good stuff and worth a listen. Visit Fr. Andrew’s blog Roads from Emmaus.

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  1. Thanks for the plug!

  2. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    I liked too the section where you gave the history of place-names in your area. I’ve noticed when I’ve traveled across the country all the small towns named Bethlehem, New Zion, Bethel, and the like. I wonder about the courage it took to settle in a small spot on the prairie and elsewhere and start farming and build towns. No doctor. No electricity. When it got dark only the moon and stars gave light. Schools and small churches were often the buildings first built after the home. Not knowing whether it would rain this season. Dependent only on yourself, your neighbors, and God. I think those biblical place-names reflected that dependence and hope.

  3. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Just read your latest post Fr. Andrew. Record your talk. If AFR publishes we will link here. If it doesn’t, we will publish it here. (Do you “publish” or “post” or “air” a podcast? I don’t really know.)

    • I’m planning to record it and put it in the queue for RFE. In front of it is a talk I did at Bucknell University a few weeks back, entitled “This Holy Earth: Ecological Vision in the Cosmic Cathedral.”

      As for what the operative verb for podcasting is, I really have no idea. I think post is probably used the most, though launch seems to be the AFR-preferred term for the first episode.

  4. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    I couldn’t find a podcast for the Bucknell talk. Is it available yet?

    • No, not yet. My guess is that its first half will probably post this next Monday (Mar. 8). We’ve got episodes spaced to at least two weeks between. (One can’t be a localist and be in a hurry.) 🙂

  5. Fr. Johannes Jacobse :

    Shoot me an email when it is up. (“Global community” localism.)

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