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May they rest in peace with the Creator in Eternity
This Memorial Day, take a few moments in prayer with your family to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
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A Marine’s Story From Lourdes
After nearly losing his life in combat nine years ago, retired U.S. Marine Paul McQuigg journeyed to Lourdes with his wife and son this month to pray for healing and restoration from chronically painful injuries. Currently living in Oceanside, California, Paul McQuigg spent more than 15 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before being forced to retire when he was severely injured in Iraq. The experience of healing in the pilgrimage is important for all military men who come “feeling that they’ve done what they were called to do, and that is to go forth and protect people that are in their lives,” he said. “They don’t ask for anything in return, they just go out there in selflessness…what we’re asked to do by the Lord and Jesus Christ is to give ourselves willingly for others.”
Gary Sinise supports Helping Veterans Get Jobs
Find out more about the GE Veterans Network HERE.
In the News
Elite Navy Seal Dog gets new role
A Navy SEAL canine has left the battlefield of Afghanistan and is now a part of the sheriff’s department.
Picture of the Week
Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.
So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involved in Operation Neptune Spear that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s killing, there was one dog — the elite of the four-legged variety. There should be little reason to speculate about why there was a dog involved: Man’s best friend is a pretty fearsome warrior. Above, a U.S. soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his dog leap off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior.
QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.
Susi Weekly Column
WAR DOGS: Quiet Americans, Once Forgotten Heroes
~by Susi Pittman
They are the quiet Americans, forgotten heroes forgotten no longer. Susi looks at the history of the American War Dogs.
HIS NAME IN THE VALLEY
~by Louis Templeman
Often times it is a Bible scripture used for funerals, but it is also a scripture for life and living fearlessly no matter the circumstances or the place, or the call of duty.
A Poet’s Voice
Mexican Jumping Bean
~by Paula Veloso Babadi
God created thousands upon thousands of plants and each one can teach us a spiritual lesson. Here’s one that not many of us may have thought about.
Book of the Month~May
The Way of the Mystics: Ancient Wisdom for Experiencing God Today (Lessons from Thirteen Holy Men and Women), by John Michael Talbot, with Steve Rabey
~a review by Michele Gregoire
Take your spiritual life one step deeper with insights into people just like you who followed their heavenly street signs and allowed God to drive their bus.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
GRAYS REPLACE GREEN
~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS
No one has seen more devastation to the natural beauty and resources of American land, than the Native Americans.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
Summer Weather Watch: Keep an eye on these 5 possibilities in the U.S.
It’s Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the U.S. summer season, and millions are wondering what kind of weather the next three months will bring. Seasonal predictions have their limits any time of year, and that’s especially true in summer, when upper-level winds are weaker and local influences play a larger role. Moreover, the largest single influence on year-to-year climate variability–the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO)–is often at low ebb in the northern summer. Not so this year.
Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good
Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good is the award-winning feature-length documentary that transcends genres and celebrates America’s heroes. This moving film chronicles the journey of Academy Award nominated actor, Gary Sinise who since 9/11, has vowed to never to forget those who are willing to give all.
By following Gary and his “Lt. Dan Band” around the world for nearly two years, including Kuwait and Iraq, we meet many of our brave men and women in uniform, our heroic first responders, their families, and the wonderful citizens that support them. In the process, we are inspired ourselves to actively participate in supporting America’s finest, and to also never forget. With an amazing soundtrack and special appearances by numerous celebrities, including Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, as well as many others, “Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good” combines star power, great music and an uplifting message that resonates with a wide audience. It is that rare film that entertains even as it inspires.
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Geology and Archaeology
USGS Projects in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is situated in a geologically active region of the world where there is an ever-present threat of strong earthquakes. Historical accounts dating back to the eighth century report destructive earthquakes in Afghanistan, and modern seismograph networks show that earthquake activity is widespread throughout much of the eastern part of the country. As Afghanistan’s infrastructure is being rebuilt and modernized and as its natural resources are being developed, critical facilities and major construction projects need to be located and designed to take into account the potential adverse effects of natural hazards such as earthquakes.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Father Ron Camarda, Retired Military Chaplain
Father Ron Camarda is a retired Naval Chaplain and author of “Tear in the Desert,” a powerful book containing his memoirs of life and death at the Battle for Fallujah. Father Ron appears on EWTN and recently won the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.
His book, Tear in the Desert is the story of Father Ron being recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Marines during the Battle for Fallujah, Iraq (2004). At Bravo Surgical (Marine equivalent to a M.A.S.H. unit)he received over 1500 casualties and 81 deaths. When he returned home he found his work was not done. Walking with the widows and families left behind has been filled with great love and compassion. This is a walk with God into the war in the desert, only to find that the real war is within the human heart. The Afterward is by Colonel Mike Shupp, USMC Commanding Officer, Regimental Combat Team-1, Fallujah 2004-2005.
Quote of the Week
We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
Discovering Our Catholic Saints
Saint George—the soldier
CIA shuts down program using spy satellites to track climate change
For most of the past two decades, a handful of climate change scientists have had the CIA’s MEDEA (Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program as an ace in the hole: they could draw on classified info from spy satellites and subs to study global warming in extreme detail. However, they’ll now have to make do with alternatives. The agency has shut down MEDEA, saying that its projects to study the security implications of climate change “have been completed.” While the CIA says it’ll still “engage external experts” on the subject, it won’t be providing consistent access to its extremely accurate and rare data.
Looking for Sustainability
Green Jobs for Veterans and a Whole Lot More: Connecting Veterans with Real Solutions for Real Jobs
As the green economy revs up and more military servicemen and women enter the civilian labor force, green jobs and environmental careers offer a natural fit for quality, long-term jobs for veterans. Education, training, and job information geared to support veterans making this natural transition to green careers provide next steps and support for real solutions. Matching veteran jobs with the fast-moving, emerging green sectors is also a win for employers who gain a field-tested employee with proven skills and leadership, ready, willing and able to do the work.
God’s Green Earth
America’s Heroic Military Dogs
A National Tribute to the Dogs of World War II
FARMER VETERAN COALITION: Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America
We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We aspire to lead the national effort connecting veterans to agriculture.We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems for all.We believe that food production offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits.
St. Michael’s Soldiers
Every day, brave men and women of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard deploy to forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places around the world. They leave family, friends, and simple creature comforts that we take for granted. St. Michael’s Soldier’s is a faith-based, not for profit ministry that provides a “little bit of home” to the deployed men and women of the US military. We do this through “Home Sweet Home” boxes, filled with basic, personal items that are used everyday, but may not be readily available to those who have volunteered to protect our freedom; items like tooth brushes and tooth paste, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, t-shirt, socks, blankets, food items, and prayer.These men and women dedicate their lives for the freedoms that too many take for granted. Won’t you help make it a little more comfortable for them?
SUPPORT the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA
The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children.
This is the Vet’s directory of national jobs available. Find jobs, post resumes, job fairs and more.
KIDS IN SUPPORT OF SOLDIERS
Kids In Support of Soldiers Inc. (K.I.S.S), was founded with the desire of children to support our men and women in the armed forces by providing them with the simple things in life. Things we take for granted, or don’t even think of, are priceless commodities to those serving. K.I.S.S. is a program run by children, with the help of some adults, that want to make a difference in a soldiers life no matter what state they are from, or what branch of service they are in. All decisions are made by the children allowing them to comprehend the difference they are making and that this is THEIR program. Each package that is sent is sent to a particular soldier and is packaged by the children with love and appreciation for what the soldiers are doing for our freedoms.
TREES FOR TROOPS
Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families, through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Christmas Tree growers have been providing free trees for military families for years. In 2005, FedEx contacted the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association, and wanted to be involved in the foundation’s mission. Together the two organizations expanded the idea of providing Christmas Trees to military families, and Trees for Troops was born. READ MORE…
Wellness & Nutrition
VETS ADOPT PETS for better mental health
A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people. Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Vets Adopt Pets has researched many service dog providers and believe the following are true to their word about providing you with a qualified service dog. We have contacted them by email and or phone, have made referrals to some that were specific to peoples needs.
SIRIUS THE DOG STAR
Sirius – in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings. Whenever you see Sirius, you’ll recognize it easily because it is our sky’s brightest star. Although white to blue white in color, Sirius might be called a rainbow star, as it often flickers with many colors.
If I Die Before You Wake
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