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A Rare Victory for Beaglekind!

The competition was ruff, but it didn’t matter: Miss P, 4-year-old beagle extraordinaire, took down all comers at the Westminster Dog Show. “She is a princess,” handler Will Alexander told the Associated Press. The AP said the crowd “seemed to loudly gasp” when P’s name was announced as winner at MSG. That’s because beagles, like the Philadelphia Eagles, are rarely in the spotlight. Indeed, the first time — and last time — a beagle took Westminster was in 2008, when Uno, P’s great-uncle, stormed the competition, breaking the breed’s losing streak that began in 1907.


The Good News

Couple and their dog saved in dramatic rescue

Two people and a dog were pulled from an icy pond in Lyndon on Tuesday afternoon. First responders said the dog fell through the ice and its owners decided to go out onto the ice and both fell in. First responders said the woman was talking only about her dog, Lady, as she was loaded into the ambulance. At that time, Lady, surrounded by ice, was still trying to get herself out of the pond. After the people were rescued, rescuers turned their attention to the dog.


In the News

Royal Australian Air Force Military Working Dogs

Military working dogs and their handlers are responsible for providing security, crime prevention patrols, emergency response and intruder detection, both on RAAF Bases and in deployed locations around the world. The two main breeds of military working dogs used by RAAF are the German Shepherd and the Belgian Shepherd Malinois. The dogs are often from Air Force’s own breeding program, and members of the public can volunteer to foster Air Force puppies. Dogs and handlers are carefully matched to ensure they can work well together. Once matched, handlers and their dogs work together to maintain a high standard of fitness and training. Both handlers and their dogs are tested regularly to ensure they are ready to deploy at any time. Handlers are responsible for the care and welfare of their dog on a daily basis, including feeding their dog and cleaning their kennels. Over time, they form a strong bond. Where possible, military work dogs will retire to their handler’s home at the end of their Air Force service. A number of checks are undertaken to ensure the dog can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement after their loyal service. 


Picture of the Week

Patrick, the world’s oldest and perhaps largest known living Wombat. What is thought to be the world’s oldest wombat turned 29 this week. The animal, which looks a bit like a large gopher or a giant hamster, lives in a wildlife park in southeastern Australia. Patrick is also quite large, weighing in at about 40 kilograms (88 pounds), the maximum known weight for the animal—though most don’t get this big.

Ask Susi

Pope Francis has been in the news lately, as global media wipes the egg off their face crediting him with a remark given by Pope Paul VI regarding animals in heaven. TV morning shows marveled at the fact that any Pope would even believe such, stating that Catholic theology doesn’t believe animals go to heaven. I know that I’ve been told by my priest that animals don’t go to heaven. Does our Catholic faith teach that animals don’t go to heaven?

Susi answers with a special column on, Of Popes And Animals


Susi Weekly Column

Jesus in the wilderness

~by Susi Pittman

This weekend, our Mass Gospel reading came from the book of Mark. Jesus in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. He was in the company of wild animals and the angels. What would be the importance of mentioning the animals, and what type of animals might He have been with?


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

I know many of you have followed Louis’ wonderful column, finding inspiration and peace in the stories he has shared. Today, Louis is in for the fight of his life. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This is the fourth week of Louis sharing with us his journey into his uncharted waters of dealing with the early onset and its spiritual and physical challenges. Have you ever needed a hero?


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Rain, the providential hand of God made visible for the joy of humankind.


Book of the Month~February

Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small, by Rita Mae Brown

~review by Michele Gregoire

A book for the true animal lover in all of us! Funny and heartwarming stories of real life animals who blessed the life of the author.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Dinner on Planet Earth

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The cycle of life in the wild world, though harsh, is still amazing in its natural order and its ability to perpetuate life and renew the Earth.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

It’s cold, but it could get colder across U.S.

The National Weather Service warned that even colder weather could come later in the week as another cold front drops from Canada. That weather could be some of the coldest since the mid-1990s for parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, forecasters said. Here’s a look at how people are handling the weather:



CAT 5 Tropical Cyclone Marcia Slams Queensland

HOUSES have been torn apart and roofs blown away as Cyclone Marcia, one of the fiercest storms to hit Queensland, unleashed its fury today. Marcia, only the sixth recorded category five cyclone Australia has seen, left a swathe of destruction through Central Queensland as wild 285km/h winds whipped through the coastal town of Yeppoon. It was still at category three level when it hit the much bigger city of Rockhampton in the afternoon, leaving residents to marvel at the noise and venom of the storm. But while some low-lying houses were destroyed, roofs ripped off and trees torn apart, emergency personnel could still sigh a sense of relief as the damage was far less than first feared.


Weekly Commentary

Extraordinary Human-Animal Bonds, by Susi Pittman

God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth all kings od living creatures: cattle, crawling creatures and wild animals.’  And so it was. God made all kinds of wild beasts, every kind of cattle, and every kind of creature crawling on the ground. And God saw that it was good. God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image and likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, over all the wild animals and every creature that crawls on the earth…God also said, ‘See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the earth and every tree which has seed-bearing fruit to be your food. To every wild animal of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to every creature that crawls on the earth has the breath of life’…And God saw that all he had made was very good. And there was evening and morning, the sixth day.


The animals upon the earth and mankind were both brought into existence within the “sixth day.” That has always spoken significantly to me of the importance that animals were to play in our lives as companions on the journey. After all, God NEVER does anything without meaning, purpose and love. He doesn’t randomly shoot from the hip. He Creates…by “Creating” a relationship is formed. The animals existed as the first companions for the first man…an “intended” relationship of sharing in creation as a family of God. This week, these special stories of animals intervening to aid humans spoke to me on how important that human-animal bond is, whether people wish to acknowledge it today or not. It is very special and could not be more prominent than in our domesticated animal family.

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Geology and Archaeology

Ancient tablets reveal life of Jews in Nebuchadnezzer’s Babylon

A Jerusalem museum puts tablets dating back to 500-600 BC on display for the first time in an exhibition that reveals the life of Judeans in ancient Babylon.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Tim Muldoon

Tim Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian of the new evangelization. Tim is the author of The Ignatian Workout, an excellent book introducing Ignatian spirituality to young adults. Early next year, Loyola Press will publish his new book, Longing to Love: A Memoir of Desires, Relationships, and Spiritual Transformation. Tim was chair of  the Department of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa.  He and his wife have two children.

The Ignatian Workout For Lent is a follow-up to his wildly popular The Ignatian Workout. Tim applies the principles of discernment, reflection, and action to guide readers to grow in love and transform their Lenten experience. This bite-sized volume provides forty brief exercises—organized according to the four “weeks” of prayer from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius—and can be used by anyone during Lent to help readers become both hearers and doers of the Word of God.


Quote of the Week

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
~Carl Reiner~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Polycarp


California Drought

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.


Looking for Sustainability

Sustainable Dairy Project

The goals of the project are to: identify opportunities to increase the sustainability of dairy production systems common in the Great Lakes region; further develop decision-support tools for use by  producers at the farm scale; and to educate farmers, the agricultural industry, policy makers, teachers, students, and the general public on sustainable management practices for dairy.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Alternative Farming Information Center

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA’s effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.


Steward Alerts

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops open new store

A seamless, innovative user experience! Valuable resources for every ministry! For your print or digital needs, our store and myUSCCB have you covered.


Steward Activities

I WILL FOLLOW–From Ascension Press

I Will Follow, is a powerful 10 minute film by Ascension Press featuring the testimonies of Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson and their journey to the priesthood. I Will Follow is taken from the study, Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed. Our hope is that I Will Follow will spark an interest in the priesthood by allowing viewers to identify with the priests in the film, seeing them as “real men” from the real world who heard God’s call to the priesthood and were courageous enough to say yes. The joy they have experienced in their vocation is a moving and powerful witness for the priesthood.

We hope I Will Follow will be a valuable resource for the Church.

Environmental Education

Audubon Society Environmental Education Center of Rhode Island

The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay ’s marine life, visit a rare blue lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center’s interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.


Youth Stewardship


A service and mentoring program in honor of Pat Trainor. Pat’s Paws Members will donate a minimum of 4 hours each month caring for the animals housed at IndyHumane. Members will act as mentors while working with young students in IndyHumane’s Paws & Claws Club, which is a camp for students who are 10-15 years of age. Members will participate in service projects to spread the word about IndyHumane and to raise funds for the thousands of animals IndyHumane houses each year.




There are many beneficial wildlife helpers in the garden. From natural predators that feed on pests and good garden bugs that pollinate plants to other garden friends likes frogs and birds, learning how to make your garden an inviting spot for them can help your garden flourish. In the following pages, you can find useful information on how to create garden friendly areas for beneficial insects and other garden friends.


Wellness & Nutrition

10 Ways To Ease Eyestrain

Itchy eyes, killer headaches, constant eye fatigue … do these symptoms sound familiar? If so, you might be suffering from severe eyestrain. The term eyestrain is perhaps something we’ve been conditioned to take a little too lightly. In today’s technology-centered world, eyestrain is very common, and plenty of people go to bed each night with tired, aching eyes after staring at computer (or tablet, iPad, smart phone, television — you name it!) screens all day long. But just because something is common, doesn’t mean it should be ignored! Severe eyestrain is uncomfortable and can lead to more damaging problems with your overall health. Give your eyes the break they deserve! Here are 10 optometrist-approved tips to beat eyestrain.



First Humans Chosen for Mars Mission

One hundred people from around the world have been shortlisted for a mission to Mars. Fifty men and fifty women are all hoping to become the first human beings to walk on the red planet.



Dreaming of  those summer days…they can’t come soon enough!

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