Vermont priest's 160-square-foot house has all the comforts of home

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. - Father Peter Williams built himself a house that has all the comforts of home: a full kitchen, a bathroom with a flushable toilet and shower, a dining area, a living area with a drop-down television, a propane furnace and even electric radiant heat under the laminate wood flooring.

Tending to each other and our common home

The old farmers used to say you should leave a field better than you found it. Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at the field’s edge.

‘Laudato Si’’ and Romano Guardini

In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany. The focus of his research was the great 20th-century theologian and cultural critic Romano Guardini, who had been a key influence on, among many others, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger. As things turned out, Bergoglio never finished his doctoral degree, but his immersion in the writings of Guardini decisively shaped his thinking.

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