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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.
Did You Know?
Wednesday, February 10th is ASH WEDNESDAY?
Yes indeed, the Lenten season has an early arrival this year. Ash Wednesday is the Wednesday after Quinquagesima Sunday (which means fifty days before Easter Sunday). Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten fast. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
Sniffer dogs stop Elephant ivory traffickers in Africa
Ivory detection dogs deployed at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport led authorities to ivory hidden in luggage on four separate occasions last week. Trained by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and part of Kenya Wildlife Service’s (KWS’s) Canine Detection Unit, the dogs and their handlers found smuggled ivory in the luggage of four passengers, all traveling to China. Three of the arrested were en route to Guangzhou, where the Chinese government destroyed six tons of confiscated ivory last year. At least two of the travelers were transiting through Kenya from Ghana and Mozambique.
In the News
New Zealand Legally Recognizes Animals As Sentient Beings
An ammendment to New Zealand law on behalf of the The Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which was passed on Tuesday, states that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings.
“To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.
“The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.”
Picture of the Week
The Fennec, or desert fox is a canine mammal species which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. With its features ears, this is the smallest species of the family Canidae. It is endangered species. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.
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’s Weekly Column
Animals Are Sentient Creatures
~by Susi Pittman
Years of science research and study have shown us that YES, indeed animals are feeling, conscious creatures – which only points to the Bible and the special designation that would come forth out of the Creation of the 6th Day.
~by Louis Templeman
Lou has lost his beloved cat, Bob. He shares Bob’s story.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
All Creation Praises the Lord
~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS
It is a celebration of life in the natural realm in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Come and join in the joy!
Forget the Groundhog, remember the real celebration – by Joseph Pronechen
On Feb. 2 forget Groundhog Day. It’s yet another dumb secular intrusion into what is a triple celebration day in the Church. We don’t need weather prediction from a groundhog.
It’s a “triple” celebration day in the Church because the feast actually has three names — the Presentation of the Lord, Candlemas, and for centuries before 1970, the Purification of Mary.
We remember two of those names every time we pray the fourth joyful mystery of the Rosary.
Yet, “In everyday modern life we are hardly aware that on Feb. 2nd we celebrate an ancient feast,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI — then Cardinal Ratzinger — wrote in Seek That Which Is Above, (Ignatius 2007). He said that many historical sources flow together into this feast so that “it sparkles with many colors.”
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Geology & Archaeology
Is this ONE of the oldest images of the Virgin Mary?
THE Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the most revered woman in the Christian tradition. In the history of art, she appears almost as frequently as Jesus himself. But for the past 80 years, one of the oldest paintings of her may have been hiding in plain sight.
Ireland gets rare weather phenomenon on St. Brigid’s Day
RARE ‘RAINBOW CLOUDS’ have been spotted across Ireland on this windy St. Brigid’s Day morning. These nacreous clouds give off an array of pastel colours and are formed high up in the atmosphere, at heights of between 15km to 25km. People have been sharing photos of the clouds in Dublin, Belfast as well as parts of Britain. The colours are displayed by crystals formed at temperatures of around -85 degrees and are often associated with high winds in the atmosphere.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Brian’s first novel, Two Statues was published by Saint Benedict Press in 2012.
Brian now works at TAN where, over the last two years he has been doing sales, writing, and editing. But in the last six months his primary focus has been to launch TAN Homeschool, serving as the Director for this new division of TAN Books. With TAN Homeschool, we can feature those titles on a more focused platform, as well as come out with new products, states Brian. The tagline for TAN Homeschool is “Smart Kids. Joyful Families.” We know the challenges homeschooling parents face (many of us homeschool overselves), so we want to provide them with the tools, resources, and support they need to have smart kids living in joyful, Catholic families.
TAN Homeschool will be releasing Story of Civilization next summer. It will present a view of the history of the world through a Catholic prism. Also being developed are workbooks for the Windeatt series, as well as high school editions for the TAN media imprint, Catholic Courses.
A Recommended Read
To The Heights – by Brian Kennelly
To the Heights is an unforgettable novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Dig deeper than the biographical facts and discover the heart of a charismatic young man whose soul blazes brightly and uniquely among the host of heaven.
Quote of the Week
The greatness of contemplation can be given to none but those who love.
~ Pope St. Gregory the Great ~
Discovering Catholic Saints
AMAZING before & after photos of Australian drought
Drought is spreading across southern and eastern Australia, affecting more of Queensland than ever previously recorded. Use these before and after images to see the impact.
John West Australia announces major seafood sustainability initiative yet
Imagine a world without fish: John West Australia, WWF-Australia (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), today announce that they have come together to make the single biggest brand commitment, to help end unsustainable fishing methods within the canned tuna industry in Australia. The alliance with WWF and MSC is the result of years of the entities working together to find a way to overhaul John West’s supply standards within Australia, moving towards a more sustainable future for the world’s oceans.
God’s Green Earth
Tasmania’s farmers facing huge hay crisis
One of the driest years on record has led to farmers reaping as little as 10 per cent of their usual annual yield. The scarcity has seen prices skyrocket, with the price of a square bale going from $8 to $20 in some parts of the state. It means some farmers are being forced to sell breeding stock.
The Church Militant 4th Annual Retreat At Sea
Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9, 2016: Round trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. In the months leading up to the cruise, we will regularly monitor fares to see if they are reduced, and our retreatants who qualify will receive the lowered fare. To reserve your spot, all that’s needed is a deposit of 20% of the base cruise fare. Those who book earliest are considered first for possible complimentary upgrades.
Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 3
Though it boosts family values and the importance of teamwork, the animated adventure “Kung Fu Panda 3″ (Fox) also incorporates non-scriptural philosophical ideas that might confuse the impressionable youngsters at whom it’s primarily aimed.
A Song Before The Lord
How lovely is Your dwelling place
The Hidden Environmental Factors behind ZIKA
The alarming spread of the Zika virus — caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus — is looking more and more like a public health catastrophe. But it’s also, say experts, something else: The latest example of how human alterations to their environments, in the broadest sense, can empower disease-carrying organisms like Aedes and the viruses they bring with them.
Signs that trees are thirsty
Have you seen water-starved trees? One of the first signs that a deciduous tree needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull, and sometimes, limp.
Wellness & Nutrition
The 2015-2016 Flu Season
What you should know for this season, including who should be vaccinated, benefits…Stay up-to-date on noteworthy influenza-related developments, including information about the upcoming flu season…Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
How long is a year on the other planets?
On Earth, we tend to not give our measurements of time much thought. Unless we’re griping about Time Zones, enjoying the extra day of a Leap Year, or contemplating the rationality of Daylight Savings Time, we tend to take it all for granted. We consider a year to be 365 days. Unless of course it’s a Leap Year, which takes place every four years (in which it is 366). But the actual definition of a year is the time it takes our planet to complete a single orbit around the Sun. So if you were to put yourself in another frame of reference – say, another planet – a year would work out to something else.
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