And when they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there…and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever yet been laid…But on the first day of the week at early dawn, they came to the tomb…and they found the stone rolled back from the tomb…Two men stood by them in dazzling raiment…they said to them, Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.

The Good News

Heaven Is For Real

The Burpos are the perfect picture of small-town Americana: mom, dad, daughter, and son … until a serious illness lands young Colton in the hospital. Fearing they will lose their son, the parents cry out to God. While Colton’s amazing recovery should lead his family back to normalcy, they quickly discover nothing will ever be the same again. With childlike innocence, Colton begins talking about having visited Heaven and his incredible experiences there. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL tells one family’s story about Heaven and the impact it has on their community … and the world

In the News

National Arbor Day is April 25th

It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Discover ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community.


What is your state tree? And when does your state celebrate Arbor Day?




Looking for something free to do this weekend? Check out a national park.

Entrance fees will be waived at all U.S. national park sites this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 27.

With more than 400 National Park Service sites covering 84 million acres in the United States, there are plenty of spots to explore.

And if you think national parks are just places where you can take a hike or be one with nature, think again.


Picture of the Week

Lake Hillier is a pink-colored lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. From above the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink. It is such a significant distinguishing feature of the archipelago that air passengers often crane their necks to take a glimpse of it.

The lake is about 600 meters long, and is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. A narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separates it to the north from the Southern Ocean.

Ask Susi

What does Sacred Scripture actually tell us about the creation of the world, and was man’s creation somehow different in some way?


The Founder’s Pen

Lead Your Children to the Wonder of Nature: Create a New Steward of Creation

~by Susi Pittman

Bring your young children to God in the sanctuary of creation and give them the solid foundation they will need to be great stewards for The Creator.


In the Key of “G”

50 Days of Celebration

~by Mary Galvano-Bajohr

Mary shares her spiritual renewal from the 40 days of Lent, and invites all to the next 50 days of celebration.


Catholic Journeyman

Decorating for Easter

~by Louis Templeman

Louis speaks to the paradox that is our Easter celebration.


Good Books

April’s Recommended Read: Nurturing Paws, Edited by Lynn C. Johnston

~by Michele Gregoire

Michele has a book recommendation for this month sure to be a treasure in any pet lovers library…Nurturing Paws.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Meandering Along the River’s Edge

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Join Ginny in a spiritual journey into the “meandering” of a river.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Could This Year’s Weather Bring More Malaria to Africa/South America?

In a study of the mosquito-borne disease that infects around 220 million people a year, researchers from Britain and the United States found what they describe as the first hard evidence that malaria creeps to higher elevations during warmer years and back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool.



India’s Farmers Commit Suicide After Weather Destroys Crops

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars, activists and politicians said. The unusual weather struck parts of western Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, from late February and went on to badly damage crops.


Weekly Commentary

Nun Teaches Secret to Overcoming Fear of Death

~by Judith Valente

I have always had a tremendous fear of death. It arose, perhaps, from having had older parents. I worried my parents might die, leaving me bereft. Even now, I sometimes awake at night gripped by the terrible anxiety that I will soon die.

At this time of year when Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus — the promise that another life, an eternal life, flows from this one — I feel as though I need to slink in some corner and conceal my satchel full of doubts. I feel like a fraudulent Christian.

However, if we are lucky in life, we arrive at a moment that launches us on a journey of discovery. In the summer of 2008, seeking to live a more contemplative life as a married, professional woman, I began making regular visits to Mount St. Scholastica, a Benedictine women’s monastery in Atchison, Kansas.


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Geology and Earthquakes

Satellite Imagery Can Help Predict Which Volcanoes are Likely to Erupt

Satellite imagery can be used to predict which volcanoes are most likely to erupt, scientists have found. Volcano deformation and, in particular, uplift are often considered to be caused by magma moving or pressurising underground, researchers said. Magma rising towards the surface could be a sign of an imminent eruption, they said.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Bart Price

Bart Price was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1975 and grew up mostly in a rural area east of the city. In 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cumberland University. While there, he served as editor of the university’s newspaper, The Phoenix Review, and founded the university’s literary magazine, The Roving Eye. Also, while pursuing his bachelor’s, he completed an internship at Thomas Nelson Publishers, Inc. in Nashville, editing fiction and non-fiction books. After graduation, Bart worked as a city and county government reporter and occasional columnist for The Lebanon Democrat newspaper in Lebanon, Tennessee. While there, he also wrote for the city’s local magazine, Our Home. Later, he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, where he took a position as police and legal reporter for The St. Augustine Record newspaper. While at the newspaper, he earned two awards from Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism, one in the category of In-Depth News Writing and the other in Environmental Writing. After leaving the news business to pursue a career in finance, he occasionally wrote freelance articles for The National Catholic Register. In 2012, he had three poems published in the second volume of Open Mic Jacksonville, Vol. II, a poetry and short story collection featuring authors of northeast Florida. Currently, Bart is a manager in the Merrill Lynch division of Bank of America and lives in St. Augustine.

His new book, The Wild Woods Edge has garnered rave reviews. At times serious and sometimes playful, yet always rich with meaning, the poems in The Wild Woods Edge express a sense of hope and longing for the love and adventure we all seek in this world and in the next. PURCHASE HERE.

Bart is a member of the St. Johns Chapter of the Catholic Writers Guild.

Quote of the Week

Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our Ruler; she carried him in whom we are; she gave milk to our bread.

~St. Augustine~

Discovering Our Saints

St. Hilary of Poitiers

Art of Life

Kurt Wenner—3 D Artist

Kurt Wenner attended Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design before working for NASA as an advanced scientific space illustrator. In 1982, Wenner left NASA for Italy to pursue his love of classical art.

While based in Rome, Italy Wenner studied the works of the great masters and drew constantly from classical sculpture. The drawings he made brought him in touch with the language of form in Western figurative art and provided him with the neoclassical training necessary for the style he was

pursuing. During these first years abroad he experimented with traditional paint media such as tempera, fresco, and oil paint. In order to finance his travels and studies he became a madonnaro and created chalk paintings on the streets of Rome.

In 1984, Wenner invented an art form all his own that has come to be known as anamorphic or 3D pavement art. A form of perspective, known as anamorphism was used by the great European

Masters to give the illusion of soaring architecture and floating figures in ceiling frescoes.

Inspired by this use of perspective, Wenner invented a new geometry to create compositions that appear to rise from, or fall into the ground. In traditional anamorphic perspective painted forms appear correct when viewed from one point in space. Wenner’s geometry corrects the specific distortion caused by viewing his large images at an oblique angle. This type of geometry has come to be known as Wenner’s hyperbolic perspective.

Every work of figurative art, even a picture in a frame, employs some illusion. The two major types of illusion are conventional and optical. A framed picture is a conventional illusion. The viewer can choose to see the frame as a window, a starting point from which to visually enter the painted world. This is referred to as “a willing suspension of disbelief.” The viewer recognizes the work as a painting on a wall long before looking at the subject. Optical illusions blur the distinction between the real and the imaginary, literally fooling the viewer (trompe l’oeil).

Looking for Sustainability

Mercury Found in Waters of U.S. Pristine National Parks

More than 1400 fish were collected between 2008-2012 from hard to reach, high elevation lakes and streams in 21 national parks in the western U.S. and Alaska.  Sixteen species were sampled, with a focus on sport fish such as brook trout, rainbow, cutthroat, and lake trout; as well as smaller prey fish eaten by birds and other wildlife.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Raising Chickens: Is Raising Chickens Cheaper Than Buying Eggs?

With sustainability gaining a foothold in the popular imagination, raising chickens in the backyard holds a certain appeal. There’s the steady supply of fresh eggs from a flock of hens, for one, the natural grooming of the landscape when the brood roams free, and the general thrill that comes with money-saving self-sufficiency. But a word to the wise: Before forging ahead, check local zoning regulations and health codes. The raising of livestock, which may or may not include chickens, is subject to local control in many communities.


Steward Alerts

The Movie: Heaven Is For Real

~Review by Patti Maguire Armstrong

When a four-year-old boy almost dies and later reports having visited heaven, it’s easy to brush it off as a child’s feverish imaginings. But when he knows things that no one ever told him and reports that he learned about it in heaven, it is hard to brush off.  In the movie, Heaven is for Real, from the 2010, #1 New York Times best selling book with the same name, Colton Burpo, age 4 almost died when his appendix burst.  After his recovery, he revealed to his parents that he had visited heaven while he was on the surgery table.



Carmelite Priest in Film Debuting April 25th

Fr Thomas Chakkalamattath, a member of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, has enacted the role of a priest in the movie titled “Christmas Cake.”

The film that narrates the story of a bond between a clergyman and a visually impaired boy abandoned by parents was shot in Kerala and Malaysia. It is to hit screens on April 25, five days after Easter.


Steward Activities


The Power of The Divine Mercy Novena

It is available in abundance to everyone if only we would embrace it.  It is an endless and unfathomable gift that flows most profusely on the Sunday after Easter.  It is the devotion of the Divine Mercy and it offers each of us a wonderful chance to begin anew through the Divine Mercy Chaplet Novena.  Begun on Good Friday and completed on Divine Mercy Sunday, this powerful novena offers us a chance to change our lives forever! It is also a powerful way to intercede for our loved ones and the entire world by bringing all before the merciful gaze of Christ.



Pope John Paul II to be Canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday

Not only did he establish this Feast of Divine Mercy, but by God’s Providence, he died on the vigil of that feast, just five years later on April 2nd 2005.  His last written words, recorded from his deathbed, called for a greater acceptance and understanding of Divine Mercy.  He had written these words to be read to the public on Divine Mercy Sunday, which were read on that very day, and ended with the words “Jesus, I trust in You, have mercy on us and on the whole world”.

Environmental Education

Lack of Vitamin B1 Killing Great Lakes Fish

Great Lakes fish in the salmon family that rely on the fish “alewife” as part of their diet face a major obstacle in restoring naturally reproducing populations, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology.

For more than a decade researchers have been trying to unravel the mystery of why Lake Trout and other salmonids that consume alewife produce spawn that die young.  Although researchers have recognized the connection between thiamine and the death of the young fish for a decade, the new study provides an additional clue; fish that survive the initial impact of thiamine deficiency are experiencing changes in immune function that resemble those occurring in humans with inflammatory diseases.


Youth Stewardship

Hollow Trees Food & Farming Day—Ipswich, Suffolk

Wellness & Nutrition

10 Super Foods for Spring

There’s a food movement afoot: Eating well to look, feel, and perform our very best is hot. And as Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama alike are showing us, this isn’t a matter of choking down foods because they’re good for you. It’s about filling your plate with delicious fare.

“Food, if it’s chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better,” says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. It can also improve our mood, focus, energy, skin, and metabolism. Here’s how to graze your way to a supercharged you.



20 Unusual Decorating Containers for Your Spring Flowers and Plants

Reuse and recycle household items right into your backyard decorating scheme. Here are some unusual considerations that are sure to start the conversation at your next backyard cook-out.



It’s International Dark Sky Week!

Back in 2002, a Virginia high-school student named Jennifer Barlow decided to do something about this, at least in her hometown of Midlothian, Virginia. First, she encouraged her friends and neighbors just to enjoy the beauty of a star-filled night sky — then she urged them to take some modest, common-sense steps to reduce the light pollution that outdoor lighting creates.


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