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I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even if he die, shall live; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Did you know?
THAT…this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated in all the Catholic parishes of the world?
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:
A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.
B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.
C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.
This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.
Check YOUR parish listings for time of celebration.
World Oceans Day–June 8th
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as the central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.
Overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017:
Our Oceans, Our Future
Conservation action focus: Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future
Despite the huge challenges facing the world’s ocean, by working together we can support a healthy ocean that is able to sustainably provide for the billions of humans, plants, and animals that depend on it every day. On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. We hope you will be a part of this growing global celebration!
In the News
Think Twice Before Rescuing Wild Baby Animals
A mild winter and early spring have moved up baby animal season by about a month, and wild babies are already showing up at animal rescues, according to Claudia Supensky, who runs For Heaven’s Sake Rescue and Rehabilitation in Thurston County.
“We have a lot of squirrels, rabbits and opossums already,” Supensky said. They also have two baby barn owls. No fawns yet, but once deer begin giving birth, the rescue could get as many as 30.
Picture of the Week
White lions are a rare color mutation of the African lion. They are not albino; they are leucistic, which is lack of dark pigmentation. They get their coloring from a recessive gene known as a color inhibitor. To produce a white lion, both parents must possess the recessive gene.
Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?
A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.
Susi Weekly Column
That God may be all in all
~by Susi Pittman
It is the Great Promise of those who love the Lord!
“I AM here”
~by Louis Templeman
Knowing that you matter to the One Creator God of All that was, is and will come is not only humbling but healing!
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
One Lucky Pooch
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
She’s small and her fearlessness almost spelled disaster.
A Night In The Holy Sepulchre—by David Torkington
I was so overcome by the realization that I was actually praying in the very place from which Jesus had risen from the dead that I began to wish I that could spend the rest of my life in that friary. This would enable me to return again and again, night after night, to what must be the holiest place on earth. Then suddenly, in a matter of moments, I had a spiritual experience that changed everything. I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, but the words of God spoke to me in a way that they had never spoken to me before or since. In one sense it was nothing spectacular, but in another sense it irrevocably changed my whole attitude to the Resurrection that I’d believed in since I was a child, but which had never really touched me in the way that it touched me that night. I don’t claim that the words came directly from God; they most certainly came from my subconscious, but I’m sure God gave them a bit of a push.
Notker Wolf, OSB
Notker Wolf OSB (born June 21, 1940 in Unterallgäu, Bavaria) is the current Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict. He was elected to his position as Abbot Primate in 2000.
He lives at the Confederation’s headquarters at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. The position is largely honorary as the Benedictines are not a centralized order. He acts as a roving ambassador for them and speaks on Benedictine or Catholic issues.In November 2009 the Abbot Primate received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Saint Anselm College.
He has written at least 19 books, with his latest (April 2012) concerning the issue of living an environmentally sustainable life for both a good future for the earth as well as for the individual in a spiritual/holistic fashion.
Wolf is also interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
On September 21, 2012, the Congress of Abbots reelected the 72-year-old Wolf to serve another term as Abbot Primate.
Faith Can Give Us WINGS: The art of letting go
~by Notker Wolf, OSB
“Why do you look so happy?” people have been asking Notker Wolf for years, now. So he set out to answer them in this lively book.
So he set out to answer them in this lively book. A relationship with God, he explains, can feel like falling in love, when it seems that butterflies are fluttering around in your stomach. Then, beauty, joy, belief, trust, and forgiveness are his subjects, all in an effort to show his readers how it is possible to have wings of faith _ and fly!
“Notker Wolf is a gift to the monastic community, the Church and the world in Christ. This book brings out the best of his multifaceted spiritual and natural gifts. I recommend it highly.”
—John Michael Talbot
“This insightful book can speak to the emptiness we all experience at times and perk us up so that we take notice of what really matters. By reading and reflecting on these ideas, you might just discover the beauty and fullness a faith perspective has to offer. You may even learn to soar!”
—Sister Judith Ann Heble, OSB, Moderator, Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum, Sacred Heart Monastery, Lisle, Illinois
Quote of the Week
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.
~St. John Chrysostom~
Discovering Our Catholic Saints
Saint Mark the Evangelist
Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.)
Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long.
Geology & Archaeology
Remains of Medieval Priest From 700 Years Ago
Archaeologists from the University of Sheffield uncovered the rare find at Thornton Abbey in Lincolnshire, which was founded as a monastery in 1139 and went onto become one of the richest religious houses in England.
The priest’s gravestone was discovered close to the altar of a former hospital chapel. Unusually for the period, it displayed an inscription of the deceased’s name, Richard de W’Peton – abbreviated from ‘Wispeton’, a medieval incarnation of modern Wispington in Lincolnshire – and his date of death, 17 April 1317.
The slab also contained an extract from the Bible, specifically Philippians 2:10, which reads; “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.”
Plants may not protect us against climate change
Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it. But a new study finds that limited nutrients may keep plants from growing as fast as scientists thought, leading to more global warming than some climate models had predicted by 2100.
Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN)
The Sustainable Commodity Initiative is a joint initiative managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dedicated to assisting the international community, the SCI aims to discover ways to ensure that sustainable practices are adopted into commodity production and trade to enhance social, environmental and economic welfare on a global scale.
God’s Green Earth
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Improved infrastructure is a competitive advantage
I’ve always known that moving food from farm to fork depends on excellent infrastructure — but until about fifteen years ago, I took a lot of it for granted.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Turns 90
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday in the Vatican, saying the Lord has always guided and rescued him on a journey of life that has included trials and hard times.
“My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years that God has given me,” Benedict XVI said in the grounds of his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican Gardens (see his full remarks below). “There have been trials and hard times, but always He has guided me and pulled me out, so that I could continue my journey.”
Chew on this: Family meals are a sign of a healthy home
Would you like your children to have a side dish of resiliency to go along with their risotto? Or how about a slice of ham glazed with good grades? You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can dish up when your family breaks bread together. A growing body of research suggests family dinnertime does much more than satisfy hunger. Family meals can expand the mind and protect the spirit, too.
A Song Before The Lord
Yahweh I Know You Are Near
Physicists have created negative mass
Physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass”, which accelerates towards you when pushed.
In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion.
But in theory, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be positive or negative.
Welcome the “guard dog” of the gardener into your garden
If I were a wasp, I would be stinging mad! Those honeybees get all of the credit in the garden!
Yesterday, I was delighted to find that paper wasps we’re out scouting for this year’s nest sites under the eaves of our home. A well-protected corner near my kitchen door has been a popular construction site over the past three years, and the wasps have returned to use it again. It’s a rather high-traffic area, but we’ve been coexisting rather peacefully and without incident…
Wellness & Nutrition
First Aid For Your Pet–FAQ’s
Emergencies with pets happen every day, and being prepared is important. When in doubt about the need to seek medical attention for an injured or sick pet, always err on the side of caution and ask your veterinarian. Don’t delay in seeking veterinary care if you think there could be a problem. Better to be dead wrong about a minor medical problem than to have a pet who’s worse off due to a delay. Peace of mind is priceless.
Mystic Mountain inside the Carina Nebula
Mystic Mountain is a term for a region in the Carina Nebula imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The view was captured by the then new Wide Field Camera 3, though the region was also viewed by the previous generation instrument. The new view celebrated the telescope’s 20th anniversary of being in space. The nebula is about 7500 light-years away from Earth. The pillar measures three light years in height; nascent stars inside the pillar fire off gas jets streaming from towering peaks.
DADDY’S HOME !!!!!
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