Presence Podcast – Atomic #19 – Christ Through Potassium

Atomic #19 – Christ Through Potassium

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Potassium, atomic symbol K, is essential to the basic functioning of your body. It also was likely integral to the emergence of life on Earth. Christ, like K as it hits H2O, explodes into creation not by going up to the heavens, but by descending into humanity and the experience of being alive in flesh and bone.

Potassium in its pure, metallic form

The chemical symbol K comes from kalium, the Mediaeval Latin for potash, which may have derived from the arabic word qali, meaning alkali. Potassium is a soft, silvery-white metal, member of the alkali group of the periodic chart.

From “Chemical Properties of Potassium”

“What Does Potassium Do For Your Body?”

Top 14 Health Benefits of Potassium”

“Six Steps to Controlling High Potassium”

Presence Podcast – Barmen Today – Commitment to Equality and Dignity – Background and Introduction

Barmen Today – Background and Introduction

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A Washington Post article today quoting words against racism from a Catholic archbishop and words from a Baptist reverend saying Donald Trump isn’t racist illustrate the division in how Christians are responding to recent violent, hate filled shootings and “tweet-storms.” This episode begins reflection on “Barmen Today: A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration.”

Barmen Today – Read the Statement and Sign the Petition

5 Minutes in Church History – The Barmen Declaration

Barmen Declaration (Wikipedia)

Barmen Today: An Act of Divine Obedience

Archbishop of San Antonio Gustavo Garcia-Siller Video Response

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call of Love” – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism

“Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” The US Bishops Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life

Presence Podcast – Atomic #18 – Christ Through Argon

Christ Through Argon

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Argon, a noble gas is inert and inactive and thus is useful in various ways. Some think that God is inactive and uninvolved in the world. But Christ shows us that God is here and now.

A glowing set of the noble gases. Argon is the one in the middle.

Five Major Uses of Argon

Chemistry Explained: Argon

Argon: General Info and Uses

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Presence Podcast -87-Year 2- Presence in American Gun Troubles, Irish Fest and Made for Better

#87 -Year 2- Presence in American Gun Troubles, Irish Fest and Made for Better

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I recorded this episode at the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival after celebrating mass with our Bishop Robert Brennan. My heart is heavy and I’m angry too after 20 were killed by an American terrorist in El Paso yesterday and 9 murdered early this morning in Dayton – 90 minutes from here. I talked with a Northern Irish author and am struck by how this form of domestic terrorism we are facing isn’t too different than what he grew up with in Belfast. Any yet I am encouraged by the refrain from Bishop Brennan’s homily – We are made for better than this. God is here and ready to empower us to support life by enacting common sense gun laws. We pray for those lost and also MUST work to end this violence. There are solutions if we but have the courage to stand up and enact them.

This is Greg McVicker, whose powerful words about the Northern Irish “Troubles” I read in the episode.

Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Columbus preaching at mass.

He is the first active bishop of our local diocese to preside and preach at this festival in its decades of existence.

I was pleased to discover that this is a Zero Waste Festival. This is the most important way this Irish Festival can go green!

Presence Podcast – Atomic #17 – Christ Through Chlorine


Fritz Haber – Both personally oversaw the use of chlorine gas in WWI trench warfare and made positive contributions to humanity through his research on nitrogen as a fertilizer.

Presence Podcast – Atomic #17 – Christ Through Chlorine

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Facts about Chlorine

What is Chlorine?

How Does Chlorine Work to Clean Swimming Pools?