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THAT…Vice President Mike Pence received two new fur-family members for Father’s Day?

Vice President Mike Pence celebrated Father’s Day by welcoming two new furry friends to his family. Pence’s wife, second lady Karen Pence, announced Sunday that the family got two new pets while on a weekend trip to their home state of Indiana: a dog named Harley and a cat named Hazel.

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Good News

Labradoodle left at shelter with “pleading” note

Henry County Humane Society in Illinois, was surprised to find a Labradoodle crammed inside a tiny cage without food or water — on May 21. A heartbreaking note left with the dog read, “loved and cherished — I hope I can bring joy to my new family.”

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In the News

Dog Rides Bus To Dog Park By Herself


We usually don’t see pets on city buses, unless they’re therapy or service dogs. In Seattle, however, passengers on one particular route are very familiar with Eclipse, a beautiful Lab who rides solo to the local dog park most days. So, how is she getting on the bus if her owner isn’t around? She has her own bus pass and it’s attached to her collar, that’s how. If you’re wondering why this is happening, the answer is simple: because she wants to go to the park.

Eclipse was given her own bus pass, and of course her dad still meets her at the dog park when he catches up, but Eclipse evidently doesn’t like to wait on anybody when she’s going to meet her friends.

Picture of the Week

The Gopher Tortoise population which used to flourish across the South is now limited to the state of Florida where they are in steep decline. Gopher tortoises are one of the few species of tortoise that dig burrows. These burrows can be up to ten feet deep and 40 feet long, and are as wide as the length of the tortoise that made it. The burrow is integral to the tortoise’s survival. Gopher tortoises are herbivores. They eat grasses, the flowers, fruits and leaves of herbaceous plants and shrubs like asters and legumes, daisies, clover, peas, cat briar, blueberries and palmetto berries, as well as stinging nettle, prickly pear cactus and pine needles. Because they get water from plants and dew, tortoises rarely drink water.

Ask Susi

Q: 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.

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Susi Weekly Column

The Countryside Drop-Offs

~by Susi Pittman

Driving down country lanes can be an inspiring experience, the beauty of creation beckons to the inner yearnings of the heart…but sometimes that drive means an unwanted pet gets tossed out like yesterdays garbage. That is and has been where divine providence and I are tightly linked, and I believe it to be inherited.

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Catholic Journeyman

SIMPLE, ENDURING, HEROIC

~by Louis Templeman

Family is a gift from God, and living life together through the good and bad brings lessons and blessings that allow us to truly see God in the moment in this world.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

How Do You Do It? I Need to Know

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The noise pollution in the world can leave the mind yearning for an oasis of peaceful silence.

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Weekly Commentary

Defend the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity

~by Mary Kochan


Every time we make the sign of the Cross we make an invocation of the Holy Trinity: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Those who grew up as Catholics, or in other religious communities with an orthodox understanding of this Triune nature of God, may take this doctrine for granted and not comprehend the extent to which it has historically been assaulted and still is attacked today.

In many cases those who attack the doctrine do so without ever really understanding what the Church teaches about it to begin with – they are attacking some caricature or misrepresentation of the doctrine of the Trinity. I know that because I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 38 years and I learned to pounce ferociously on the doctrine of the Trinity with arguments that were all based upon the Watchtower’s false depiction of the doctrine in substance and origin.

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Catholic Writers

Susie Lloyd

Susie Lloyd is the youngest of a big Catholic family. Her early education came from reading good books (the TV broke) and from her parents who made her memorize the Baltimore Catechism. She is a wife, mom of seven, and a homeschool lifer. She has an existential crisis towards the end of each school year whether she needs it or not. She is the surprised recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Her first two books, Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, for I Have Kids (Sophia Institute Press) bring comic relief to Catholic homeschooling families in the modern world. Her latest book, Yes, God! draws parenting lessons from the home lives of young priests and religious. Her articles have appeared in Faith and Family, Catholic Digest, Latin Mass Magazine, Crisis, Catholic Match Blog, Catholic Answers Magazine, Franciscan Way, TAN Homeschool Blog, and National Catholic Register. She writes from the middle bench of her beat up minivan.

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Recommended Read

YES, GOD!

~ by Susie Lloyd

By profiling ten men and women on their journeys to the priesthood and the convent, award-winning author Susie Lloyd discovered lessons that can be used by every parent who wants to raise faithful children—children who say “yes” to God.

In a culture that is often dark and discouraging, where can parents look for help in raising their children? Here are the heartwarming stories of five priests, five nuns, and the parents who raised them to be open to God’s call. In Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn About Parenting from Today’s Vocation Stories, Lloyd relates some of their joys and setbacks, reveals their guiding principles and rallying cries, and passes along tips from the “master” parents. The mother of seven, Lloyd also shares some of her own (often-humorous) parenting tales, and helps readers understand the various dynamics of Catholic family life and the diverse factors that influence a child’s decision to say “yes” to God.

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Quote of the Week

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

~2 Corinthians 13:14~

Catholic Saints

Saint Anthony of Padua

Geology & Archaeology

How domestic cats conquered the world – DNA through history


Domestic cats live on all continents except Antarctica, and thrive in Earth’s most remote regions. The evolutionary success of cats is unquestioned, and yet few major differences appear to exist between these furry dynamos and their wild counterparts.

New genetic analysis of domestic cats spanning the last 9,000 years helps to explain how a few sleek wildcat lineages discovered humans, outcompeted other animals, expanded across the globe, and became the seemingly tame couch surfers common today to many homes.

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Climate

Deadly Forest Fires At Fatima


A wildfire that killed 64 people last weekend has been brought under control, Portuguese authorities said Wednesday as a minute of silence was held in memory of victims of the country’s deadliest natural disaster in decades.

“The fire is no longer progressing,” Civil Protection Agency spokesman Vitor Vaz Pinto said, adding that hundreds of firefighters would remain on the scene to prevent it from reigniting.

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Global Weather

How is the “largest” of hurricanes defined


When hurricanes develop into large systems, how is their largeness defined? Are they determined by wind speed, value of damage, most deaths?

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Sustainability

Freshwater from salt water using only “solar energy”


A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded a direct solar desalination technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to heat salt water for membrane distillation. The technology could provide off-grid water treatment for some of the 1 billion people who lack access to clean water.

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Conservation

Ratty returns in U.K.


The biggest reintroduction of water voles in the UK began this week, with 325 voles released into Kielder Forest in Northumberland, and 350 more to follow later in the summer.

Water voles hold a special place in Britain’s natural history, providing the model for Ratty, the much-loved character in The Wind in the Willows. But the species has suffered catastrophic declines over several decades, driven by loss of habitat, the pollution of waterways, increased urbanisation, and rampant populations of American mink, originally farmed for their fur but which escaped into the wild and proved a voracious predator on the native vole.

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Environment

Beauty industry now has its own GREEN Seal of Approval


t may soon be easier for shoppers to find beauty products without toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group nonprofit launched a new label this month called EWG Verified, which certifies personal care products as free from chemicals of concern.

The program is an extension of the group’s work with the Skin Deep database, which for more than a decade now has given tens of millions of visitors information on the chemical contents and relative safety of their favorite cosmetics and shampoos.

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God’s Green Earth

The Majestic Beauty of the Cosmos

Farm News

Women Who Farm


Imagine an organic farming revolution. One that builds soil rather than depletes it and saves seed rather than destroys it. Right now, millions of women are behind this work. They believe in tomorrow. And their work is changing the world.

Women Who Farm supports and celebrates those who do this necessary work. We bring resources, community, and shared story.

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Steward Alerts

Cardinals Carlo Cook Cafferra, Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Joachim Meisner ask Pope Francis for audience, RE: Amoris Latitia; The whole letter of request


We wish to begin by renewing our absolute dedication and our unconditional love for the Chair of Peter and for Your august person, in whom we recognize the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Jesus: the “sweet Christ on earth,” as Saint Catherine of Siena was fond of saying. We do not share in the slightest the position of those who consider the See of Peter vacant, nor of those who want to attribute to others the indivisible responsibility of the Petrine munus. We are moved solely by the awareness of the grave responsibility arising from the munus of cardinals: to be advisers of the Successor of Peter in his sovereign ministry.

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Steward Activities

MOVIE REVIEW: The Mummy


Clumsy horror flick charts the dire consequences that follow when a shady soldier (Tom Cruise) and an archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis) unwittingly revive an evil Egyptian princess (Sofia Boutella) who was put to death for her crimes in the days of the pharaohs. Pagan mumbo-jumbo aside, there’s not much to bother grown viewers in director Alex Kurtzman’s film, which has a sketchy but respectable good-vs.-evil theme. The film contains occult and nonscriptural religious ideas, much harsh violence with fleeting gore, numerous gruesome images, partial nudity, some sensuality, occasional sexual references and humor, a couple of mild oaths and crude words and several crass terms.

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Song Before the Lord

Yahweh, You Are Near

Gardening

Top 10 Tomato Growing Myths

Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable to grow in the United States. There is nothing like a tomato ripe from the vine! Many people started gardening by way of the tomato. They were the very first vegetable we grew. Many gardeners have the techniques they swear by to get the biggest and best tomatoes. Here are some tales that are not necessarily true.

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Wellness & Nutrition

The 5 Most Effective Mosquito Repellents

Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best mosquito repellents and, of the 15 they tested, five measured up as products worth trying. While most of the other repellents on this list contain picaridin as their leading active ingredient, Off! includes deet. It comes as an aerosol spray. The 10 other products that Consumer Reports tested were only effective against mosquitoes for up to three hours, with many lasting a mere half hour.

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Stargazing

A Space Tug?


Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces. This same magnetic attraction or repulsion is also being considered as a safe method for multiple satellites to maintain close formations in space. Such satellite swarms are being considered for future astronomy or Earth-observing missions.

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Sure to make you Smile

Junior Birdman Candidate Drop-Out

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