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ABOUT the Utah Trash Collector who saved a kitten left to die in a snowbank?
While making his rounds during a snowstorm in Cache, Utah, on Friday, Sam McGregor spotted a freezing kitten lying on the ground. “I reached down to pick her up, and she just looked up at me. I couldn’t just leave her like that and put her back in the cold,” McGregor said. He wrapped her in his jacket, rushed her into the heated cab of his truck, and got her to the Cache Humane Society for help. Once his shift was over, he returned to the shelter to check on little Sue, the staff said. “Once she was warmed up a little, she was definitely hungry,” said executive director Stacey Frisk. “She blew through two cans of wet cat food in no time. She was so enthusiastic about eating even though she was so exhausted. She even fell asleep in her food bowl.” McGregor insists he’s not a hero. “I just saw someone who needed my help,” he said.
Dog saves severely injured owner from freezing
What was supposed to be a night of celebrations quickly turned into a nightmare for a northern Michigan man as he lay helpless in the snow for nearly 20 hours on New Year’s Eve.
About an hour before the big countdown, Bob ran out of his house in pajamas and slippers to grab another log for his fireplace when he slipped and fell, breaking his neck. He tried to scream for help, but the only one who heard his cry was his Golden Retriever, Kelsey.
In the News
Obama’s dog Sunny bites visitor
Blood was spilled Monday at the White House, but the culprit’s politics were not to blame: the Obamas’ dog Sunny bit a teenaged guest of the family, leaving a gash above her cheekbone, TMZ reported on Thursday.
The 18-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, was trying to pet the animal, a female Portuguese water dog, when it bit her, according to the TMZ website, which specializes in celebrity news.
Picture of the Week
A runner with his face covered with ice competes during the traditional half Marathon amateur competition marking Orthodox Christmas Day festivities, with the air temperature at about minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on January 7, 2017.
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’s Weekly Column
Call Upon Mary With Confidence
~by Susi Pittman
Have you never felt the power of a peaceful presence that defies explanation? Then you must draw near to Mary in your prayers.
A Building for His Name
~by Louis Templeman
Are you actively participating in building the kingdom of God here on earth?
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
America’s First Conservationists
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
Conservation of the vast lands in America started long before the first Europeans arrived. These conservationist were indeed good stewards of their surroundings. Virginia takes you on a delightful historical journey of our first American conservationists.
Bioethics 2016: Winners and Losers
~by Jennifer Lahl, Founder and President of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network
Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not.
Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Fly While You Still Have Wings is among her publications earning an award in the spirituality books category from the Catholic Press Association. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Praying Our Goodbyes
~by Joyce Rupp
With 250,000 copies sold, this new edition of Joyce Rupp’s most popular book offers a fresh opportunity for readers to reflect, ritualize, and reorient themselves as they navigate life’s inevitable changes.
Everyone has unique goodbyes—times of losing someone or something that has given life meaning and value. With the touch of a poet, Joyce Rupp offers her wisdom on “these experiences of leaving behind and moving on, the stories of union and separation that are written in all our hearts.” Praying Our Goodbyes, Rupp says, is about the spirituality of change.
It is a book for anyone who has experienced loss, whether a job change, the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, a financial struggle, a mid-life crisis, or an extended illness. It is designed to help readers reflect, ritualize, and re-orient themselves—to help heal the hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties encountered when one season of life ends and another begins.
Quote of the Week
It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
Discovering Catholic Saints
Geology & Archaeology
GEMS From SPACE
Can Gemstones Really Come from Space?
Rocks that fall from the sky have frightened and fascinated people throughout history. They immediately generate curiosity and have a scientific significance. They are made of extremely rare materials that interest scientists, collectors, and curious people alike.
How much warmer was your city in 2016?
Last year is the hottest year on record for the third consecutive year. In a database of more than 5,000 cities provided by AccuWeather, about 90 percent recorded annual mean temperatures higher than normal.
Australian Heatwave Continues
The heatwave along the east coast of Australia continues with the temperature staying above 86 degrees throughout the night.
In Sydney temperatures hovered around 30C (86 F) on Tuesday night while in Brisbane there is no predicted relief until Saturday. A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson predicted the weather in Queensland on Friday and Saturday would be particularly “yuck”.
In Sydney on Wednesday the temperature is forecast to be 35C (95) in the city and 42C (107) in the west but a cool southerly change will begin to pass through the city about midday.
Is China’s ivory ban hope for elephants?
On December 30, China announced that it would close down its legal ivory market by the end of 2017. Is this the beginning of the end of the illegal ivory trade as well?
“This is very important for elephants,” says Hongxiang Huang, a Chinese investigative journalist and advocate participates in several undercover operations covered in “The Ivory Game.” He quickly adds, though, that he’s not sure yet how China’s ban will play out on the ground in Africa. “We don’t know yet how they will implement the ban or if the illegal trade will just go completely underground,” he says.
Fish are seeking cooler waters
There was a time when whiting were plentiful in the waters of Rhode Island Sound, and Christopher Brown pulled the fish into his long stern trawler by the bucketful.
“We used to come right here and catch two, three, four thousand pounds a day, sometimes 10,” he said, sitting at the wheel of the Proud Mary — a 44-footer named, he said, after his wife, not the Creedence Clearwater Revival song — as it cruised out to sea. But like many other fish on the Atlantic Coast, whiting have moved north, seeking cooler waters as ocean temperatures have risen, and they are now filling the nets of fishermen farther up the coast.
God’s Green Earth
All God’s Creatures Love the Snow
Herbicide resistant weeds remain challenge for Texas farmers
Texas currently lists seven weeds as resistant to one herbicide or another, according to Southwest Farm Press. But farmers will have new options this year to help control them.
“Weed resistance is real and a problem across Texas, the country and the world,” Pete Dotray, professor of weed science at Texas Tech University and a Texas AgriLife Extension specialist, told Southwest Farm Press.
This group in Congress defends religious liberty – Who are they?
Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2017 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- You may not have heard of it, but a group of members in Congress advocates for public prayer and religious freedom amid some of the most pressing concerns to people of religious belief today.
The Congressional Prayer Caucus, founded in 2005, announced Monday that it will be getting a new co-chair.
Be a HUMBLE HERO in 2017
It seems that in the mind of many Christian men today, the ideas of humility and heroism are mutually exclusive. Meekness and humility are praised highly, as indeed they should be, but magnanimity and the virtues of soldiers are more or less swept under the rug. This is a great tragedy of our time. Thus it is imperative that we work tirelessly to build up a culture of Christian men in which humility and heroism are understood to be highly compatible with each other, not mutually exclusive.
A Song Before The Lord
Dominus Illuminatio Mea
Inspired by the curious flora that grows in the dry, stony and weather-beaten universe of mountains, gardeners a century ago became gripped by a mania to build rock gardens. The craze passed. Joseph Tychonievich is a young horticulturist and rock garden devotee in Michigan who says we are due for another moment of alpine mania. His contemporary pitch: Once built, rock gardens are inherently low maintenance, and diminutive versions can be squeezed into small urban gardens. And this “classic design is coming back into style”, he writes in his new book, Rock Gardening.
Wellness & Nutrition
Sleeping With the Seasons: How the weather affects your sleep
Have you ever noticed that different times of year or certain weather patterns influence how you feel or how well you sleep?
Though many aspects of achieving good sleep are under our control, one often-overlooked factor is the outside environment. Changes to temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity and precipitation influence us in many ways, both positive and negative.
When it comes to sleep, learning about the weather’s influence can be helpful for preparing for and mitigating slumber-stealing situations.
Stunning Images From Mars
The redrock canyons and up-tilted strata of eastern Utah form some of my favorite landscapes on Earth. So when I saw the scene visible in the image above it really stopped me dead in my tracks.
Luckily, it didn’t do the same for the Curiosity rover on Mars, which has been slowly climbing the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp and sent this spectacular view of the surrounding landscape back to Earth in early April. What really strikes me about this image, and the ones to follow, is just how familiar it looks.
~Learning the difference between the Aflack Duck and a goose the hard way~
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