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From the Beginning to Baptism

by Linda Gibler, OP

In From the Beginning to Baptism, Linda Gibler takes readers on a journey-from the depths of space and the beginning of time through sacred Scripture and church history-to discover the origins and creative power of water, oil, and fire. She traces the lives of those elemental entities through their cosmic history, to the point at which they are poured over the head and light the way of one being baptized. These elemental sources of all life are the substances through which new life in Christ begins in the sacrament of baptism. The journey through space and time, through the birth of the Universe and of life, and Gibler's reflections on this drama, help readers to enter into the "cosmocentric spirituality" at the heart of all things. No one who reads this book will ever again look at a drop of water, an olive, or a candle with the same eyes.

Linda Gibler, PhD, a Houston Dominican Sister, is currently associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. She has several years' experience as a parish minister and is the science editor and a contributing author for the Collins Foundation Press, which hosts conferences on the significance of recent scientific revelations for faith, meaning, and the well-being of Earth and all her species.

160 pages
Liturgical Press
March 15, 2010


Evolutionary Epic

edited by Russell Genet, Briane Swimme, Linda Palmer, Linda Gibler, Cheryl Genet

These essays take you from the struggles of our hominid ancestors on the savannah's of Africa to a mountain climber’s epiphany on the snowcapped heights of a stratovolcano in Mexico, from the mysteries of the quantum world to the vast reaches of the universe. Begin with a story of humanity’s evolution from primeval stardust to planetary stardom. Then explore the emergence of the story through scientific research and wonder. View the multi-faceted epic through unexpected lenses and follow it as it is engages education, becoming a vital part of the enlightenment of young minds. Finally, experience the evolutionary epic as it shifts our scientific and cultural paradigms, serves our quest for a brighter future, and enriches humanity’s imaginative and spiritual dimensions.

Collins Foundation Press, 2nd edition
January 1, 2009

Since the time of St Dominic, more than 800 years ago, Dominicans have been living and sharing the message of the Gospel. Today thousands of sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity serve in more than 100 countries around the globe.
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