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Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

~Pope Francis~

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Did you hear?

THAT May is the Month of Mary?

This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary. It is also the month in which from his throne descend upon us the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy.

In our own times, we Catholics, wanting to be close to her always, offer her special presents in May: pilgrimages, visits to churches dedicated to her, little sacrifices in her honor, periods of study and well-finished work offered up to her, and a more attentive recitation of the rosary.

God’s holy blessings be upon all mothers in the name of Jesus and Mary

Good News

The Top 10 Animal Moms

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love, and moms from the animal kingdom are no exception. Check out the top 10 creatures that go all out for their kids, from putting “dinner” on the table every night to even sacrificing themselves. These offspring really need to make sure they mail their Mother’s Day cards in time this year!

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In the News

Crows may rival chimps in their intelligence

Corvids, the family of birds that includes crows and ravens, give a whole new meaning to the term “bird brain.” They show the same level of self-regulation when faced with potential rewards as chimps do, according to a study published last week in the journal Royal Society Open Science — suggesting that these birds may be just as clever as chimps, despite having smaller brains.

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Picture of the Week

White Alligator

With its piercing blue eyes and pale skin this rare Alligator stands out like a sore thumb. Weighing over 500 pounds, 22 year old male Bouya Blan is one of only 12 white alligators in the world. The 500lb, 22-year-old male alligator, Bouya Blan, whose name means white fog, is kept at the Gatorland theme park in Florida.

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

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Susi Weekly Column

Living life simply

~by Susi Pittman

A very personal look at a very spiritual journey spanning 10 years.

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Catholic Journeyman

Getting my worship on

~by Louis Templeman


Grouchiness can be revealingsometimes in hindsight it brings great insight!

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A Poet’s Voice

Where Daniel Prayed

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Can you imagine how holy it would be to be standing at the tomb of Daniel the Prophet in the ancient, dusty town of Shushtar, Iran? Paula did and she shares the moment.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Sauntering With My Creator

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

Not a morning person? Ginny can relate. However, there is a remedy that guarantees a huge return on rising up early.

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Weekly Commentary

Happiness and Hell in The Twilight Zone – by Nicholas Senz


I am fairly confident that a deep theological reflection could be written about nearly every episode of The Twilight Zone (and I may make it a life project to do so). Rod Serling was known for his strong convictions, and that core was manifested in the morality plays he put on in that series. Here we will examine one episode that gives us a look at the afterlife, with a twist, and teaches us something about the nature of human desire; and, to add a twist of our own, we’ll apply the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas to the themes in the show.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

NANCY MURRAY


As a girl, I grew up in two worlds. In the summer, my family moved to the beach. We lived in an two story shake-shingle house on the ocean. There were endless sand castles to build and candles to light up the dark old house during late afternoon thunderstorms. There were evening walks down the beach with my uncle. He would point out to sea and show me where Germans sneaked ashore during World War II. The best part of summer was drinking chocolate milk, going barefoot and not having to go to school. Summertime was for dreaming.

So here I am today, a writer. It’s been a long trip and I’ve done many other things in-between.

I continued my acting in Little Theater, became a Registered Nurse, served at the Lourdes shrine in France, and helped build the log cabin I live in. One of the best things I did was to have four children! Always reading, always writing, I launched an online news journal. But when a little black cat shoved me into storytelling, I began writing fiction. At last, I’m a writer of books. Welcome to my world. I hope you like it!

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Recommended Read

The Madonnas of Saint Augustine – by Nancy Murray


Madonnas of St. Augustine – A Remarkable History is an account of St. Augustine, Florida’s history, as framed by three centuries old Virgin Mary statues revered in the city. Each one of three sections focuses on a different statue, the peoples response and their interaction with the significant events of their time. The Madonna’s unique perspective, dating from 1565 to the present, chronicles St. Augustine’s faith journey with Christianity.

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Quote of the Week

From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things.

From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone.

From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God.

~Pope John Paul II~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Damian de Veuster – Damian of Molokai, the Leper Priest

Geology & Archaeology

Luray Caverns – Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley


Cold air rushing out of a limestone sinkhole atop a big hill west of Luray, Virginia, blew out a candle held by Andrew Campbell, the town tinsmith, on the morning of August 13, 1878. So began the discovery of Luray Caverns.

Campbell, three other men, and his 13-year-old nephew, Quint, were exploring the area, looking for a cave. With the help of local photographer Benton Stebbins, the men dug away loose rocks for four hours before, candle in hand, Campbell and Quint slid down a rope into the cave. They could scarcely believe what they saw. The party had discovered the largest series of caverns in the East, an eerie world of stalactites and stalagmites seen by the light of a candle.

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World Climate Issues

Climate change impacting African antelopes

Climate change could put certain species of African antelopes at risk of extinction, particularly those with the smallest geographic ranges, says a study released Thursday. Antelopes are already a subject of concern. One-third of the world’s 87 species are listed as threatened, said the findings in the April 28 edition of the journal Current Biology. In the future, global warming will “cause a disproportionate decline in African antelopes with the smallest geographic ranges, placing the most-threatened taxa in ‘double jeopardy,’” said the study.

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Global Weather

Canadian wildfires evacuate town of 88,000


A massive wildfire in the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray that forced the evacuation of 88,000 residents has resisted efforts to bring it under control, officials said on Wednesday, with more hot, dry winds forecast for later in the day.

Fuel shortages and heavy traffic snarled the departure of residents from Fort McMurray, located in the northeastern part of the province of Alberta in the heart of Canada’s oil sands region, as the fire destroyed much of one neighborhood and badly damaged others.

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Sustainability

FOOD COWBOY


U.S. company Food Cowboy has developed an app that allows food companies to donate surplus food to nearby charities and organic waste to composters, farmers and biogas generators.

Currently, the app has over 400 charity users and 200 donors. While the donor list is made up of growers, shippers and wholesalers, co-founder Barbara Cohen said the app also can be used to support food recovery programs bringing food from stores, restaurants or other food establishments to local charities.

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God’s Green Earth

Song of the Four Seasons

Farm News

FARM MOMS


The American Agri-Women have selected five incredible moms whose dedication to their family, farm, community, and industry is unmatched. She is the one who balances her life at home and on the farm with a passion for community and agriculture. The voting has just been completed and the five finalist await the announcement of who will be the 2016 Farm Mom of the Year.

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Steward Alerts

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  • Largest Catholic mutual fund family in the U.S.
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  • Value investors utilizing proprietary criteria to screen out companies that promote or support activities contrary to the core moral teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Place equal emphasis on investment performance and moral criteria in selecting securities
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Steward Activities

The Catholic Catalogue

Being Catholic means living a life. The practice precedes the theology. The Catholic Catalogue is a field guide, a list of far ranging topics, that should aid any Catholic – whether steeped in the tradition or just discovering spirituality for the first time – to come and see the daily acts that make up a Catholic life. Our site is a collection of curated as well as original content. We are your source for Catholic practice and esoterica, from the trivial to the profound.

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Song Before the Lord

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman

Environment

The War on Zika

Scientists deliberately gave mosquitoes the Wolbachia bug and then later exposed them to Zika virus. They found mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia had less Zika virus in them and in some cases the virus had been inactivated.

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Gardening

GARDENING JOURNAL: Tell your gardening story

A video presents the new Gardening Journal dedicated to gardening enthusiasts. Information on plants, pots, hardiness zones, grids and spaces for plant care. 5 designated sections to be filled out and 5 that can be personalized with adhesive labels for your green thumb. Icons and information to makes notes on plant types, suggested positioning, watering requirements and other special characteristics. When and how to fertilize, prune or plant depending on whether the plants are evergreens, seasonal plants, curative and medicinal plants, fruit-bearing plants, climbing plants or indoor or outdoor plants.

Wellness & Nutrition

Recognizing common signs of aging in your dog

Has your dog begun bumping into things, falling uncontrollably or displayed signs of eye discomfort (eye redness, cloudiness, etc.)? Has he started urinating inside the home due to increased urination activity? These and several other common health issues arise as dogs move into their senior years

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Stargazing

Mercury transists the Sun on May 9th

It happens only a little more than once a decade – and the next chance to see it is Monday, May 9. Throughout the U.S., sky watchers can watch Mercury pass between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. Mercury will appear as a tiny black dot as it glides in front of the sun’s blazing disk over a period of seven and a half hours. Three NASA satellites will be providing images of the transit and one of them will have a near-live feed.

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Sure to make you Smile

SPRING AT LAST !!!

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