This, my final work has been in the germination stage for a decade. It is based on the Christian insight that a Triune God is manifested throughout the physical, chemical and biological worlds, and most especially in the social, artistic, musical, caregiving, and global collaboration of human beings. Click here to access.
Water tells its own story, and we are immersed in it. Our Appalachian region is blessed with plentiful water in rivers, creeks, and springs, in showers, rainfall, snow, ice, mist, and clouds. We greet water individually when we drink, bathe, shower, float, swim, and do a variety of essential and other activities. Water invites sociability when we perform water sports together or offer work for others who tap ground water, store cistern water, channel streams, pipe it, and conserve it in our homes. Appalachian Water Reflections invites us to reflect on our many water experiences. Let?s be mindful of the need to preserve and protect the fragile quality of our water for it is a gift without which we would surely die. Water embellishes our lives, defines and beautifies our landscape, conditions us to act, lifts our spirits, and reveals to us a merciful Creator and an upcoming messianic age. Through a combination of photo and text we reflect on our region?s valuable lifeblood. We must drink or we die of thirst; we must respect the commons of which water is part and not become selfish and wasteful. We are to go and grow with the flow, maturing by not taking water for granted. Water points us to a sense of neighborliness, for we learn to share its quality and availability with all living beings. Truly, water has much to tell us, teach us, and guide us -- if we only take time to reflect. May these photos and texts help all of us on our life voyage.
Jesus Christ Activist is mainly directed to traditional Christians who do not regard themselves as activists. By reviewing the story of Jesus we get a different impression of his mission: Jesus aggressively establishes the Kingdom of God and invites us to help save our wounded Earth from an outdated and unsustainable political/economic System.
This is the evolution in my own attitudes on guns from that of youth in rural gun-carrying country to eight decades later also in quite red gun-loving Kentucky. Many changes occurred over those decades in which guns intruded numerous times, each with a narrative and an appropriate reflection from gun handling, ownership, maintenance, national attitudes such as bullying, control measures, and finally to stress from Environmental Gun Threats (EGT). This last reflection is a breakthrough akin to what happened in the 1970s when citizens became aware that tobacco smoke affected those around smokers (the ETS phenomenon); smoking became a social and environmental issue. Today in a nation with as many weapons as people, guns threaten the mental health of people now bullied into silence, a new consideration in the ongoing gun control debate. Current discussions make GUNS a work in progress that can be found and downloaded on
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More "Special Issues"
We are now launching our "Special Issues" series on this website. Our basic title is open to at least three interpretations: the series is produced by greens who are graying; the subjects require some additional gray matter to assimilate; and the green or environmental issues are not always black and white, but do contain some gray areas. We include controversial subjects in order to stimulate comments from our readers -- the uncovered gray areas we have not yet thought about (a possible fourth interpretation). We welcome your comments and suggestions.
ECOTOURISM IN APPALACHIA: MARKETING THE MOUNTAINSby Al Fritsch and Kristin Johannsen
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Global Catholic Statistics: 1905 and Todayby Al Fritsch, SJ
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The Call of the MagnificatA DVD by Seescapes in highdef video featuring meditations adapted from The Little Blue Book by Fr. Al Fritsch, S.J.
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Healing Earth — Our Common BlessingA DVD by Seescapes in highdef video featuring 7 meditations inspired by the writings of Al Fritsch, S.J.
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The Year of the ButterflyFeaturing the photographs of Sally Ramsdell
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Additional Print Publications
The following publications may be ordered by contacting:
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
316 Fifth Street
Ravenna, KY 40472-1312
Down to Earth Spirituality
Albert Fritsch, S.J., with photos by Warren Brunner, Sheed & Ward. Through word, photo and quiet reflection you are invited to change your way of life. Ecology meets social justice, and the two are found to be one. 1992, paperback, 208 pp., AB1 $9.95
ECO-CHURCH An Action Manual
Albert Fritsch, S.J., with Angela Iadavaia-Cox,
Resource Publications, INC. Your church can become more sensitive to
the needs of the Earth. Eco-Church shows you how!
1992, paperback, 126 pp., AB2 $14.95
Renew The Face of the Earth
Al Fritsch, Loyola University Press. Explores the
basic theological foundations for Earth renewing actions. Directed
to a variety of environmental concerns and pursuits. References.
1987, 307 pp., AB3 $4.00
APPALACHIA: A Meditation
Loyola University Press. Reflections by Al Fritsch
with biblical quotations, punctuated with the penetrating
photographs of Warren Brunner.
1986, 159 pp., AB4 $7.95
Ecology and Religion: Scientists Speak
John E. Carroll and Keith Warner, OFM, editors.
Franciscan Press. 1998. Includes selections from a dozen scientists
including Al Fritsch.
Greenspace: A Citizen's Guide to Proper Land Use
Al Fritsch surveys various land use practices and
problems, outlining the broad perspective in an age of rapid land
1982, 115 pp., AB5 $24.00
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