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Happy Birthday AMERICA!
~Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord~
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What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence
50 Wonderful Facts About the Declaration of Independence
The following 50 facts about the Declaration of Independence provides interesting facts in the quick, comprehensive format of the Declaration of Independence fact file. The Purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to announce and explain separation from Great Britain.
In the News
The Spirit of 76
Archibald Willard was an American painter who was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio. Willard joined the 86th Ohio Infantry in 1863 and fought in the American Civil War. During this time, he painted several scenes from the war. One of his most famous works is The Spirit of ‘76 (previously known as Yankee Doodle), which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. The original is displayed in Abbot Hall, Marblehead, Massachusetts, with several later variations painted by Willard exhibited around the country (including in the United States Department of State). Of note, he used his father as the model for the middle character of the painting.
Picture of the Week
Washington Crossing the Delaware—by artist George Caleb Bingham
George Caleb Bingham paints Washington seated atop a horse, which forms the apex of a pyramid, with the oars creating the base of the triangular composition. Artists create a sense of stability and balance by using this choice of arrangement. Washington’s huddled men row across the frozen river almost directly toward the viewer. Bingham added minor embellishments to the scene. Washington was unlikely to have been mounted on his horse for the crossing. It would have made the ride too unstable. In addition, the event happened in the early hours of the morning, in the dark. Regardless, the artist is still able to capture the tense and risky crossing occurring on December 25, 1776 in a perilous snowstorm, leading to the Battle of Trenton.
QUESTION: 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?
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
President Obama & the Creator
~by Susi Pittman
I felt it fitting to remember once more, just before he leaves the White House, a President who refused to acknowledge God. May God bless America and may we all work to keep God before us as we move through these tumultuous times.
A Pharisee in Sodom
~by Louis Templeman
Louis recalls a watershed moment in which the Supreme Court took our country into yet another darker moral direction and how it set upon his conscience.
Good Book Review
Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, by Gwen Cooper
~review by Michele Gregoire
It is a love story for every cat lover, a walk in life and death and the legacy of one small blind cat.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
I believe in God because the planets don’t collide
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
Have you ever considered the stupendous workings to which our universe is ordered?
Ultimate Freedom Means Choosing the Good
~by Bishop James D. Conley
Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom. “We are set free by Christ so that we can love as God loves,” the bishop said June 27. “Freedom is the responsibility to choose goodness over profit, or comfort, or consequence. As the letter of St. James says, freedom is the responsibility to ‘be doers of the word, not hearers only.’”
Discovering Catholic Writers
Remembering Joyce Kilmer—Catholic Writer & Patriot
Joyce Kilmer, a Catholic poet most widely renowned for the poem “Trees,” was very popular in the early 1900s. He was author of three books of poetry and editor of Dreams and Images, an anthology of then-modern Catholic poets of England and America. Trees was probably the most printed poem of its time, put to music, and memorized by more school children than any other. But that’s not important. What’s important is that Joyce was more than a poet—he was a Catholic poet . . . and, in fact, more than a Catholic poet—a unabashedly Catholic writer, interviewer, husband, father, speaker and patriot . . . and when it comes right down to it, an uncommonly good man.
Dreams And Images: An Anthology of Catholic Poets
~by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
A treasure-trove of Catholic poetry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Over 200 poems. Includes works by Bl. John Henry Newman, Coventry Patmore, Alice Meynell, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Francis Thompson and many others.
Quote of the Week
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!
Discovering Catholic Saints
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Geology and Archaeology
Archaeologists discover oldest colonial fort in U.S.
A team of archeologists announced the discovery of the remains of a long-lost 16th century Spanish garrison in western North Carolina that predates the earliest English settlements in North America by decades. Established in 1567, Fort San Juan was just one of at least six military installations built by the Spanish across the Appalachian mountain range, stretching from the coast of South Carolina to eastern Tennessee—and the only one of the forts scientists have located so far.
World Climate Issues
120 Years of Climate Scares
Scientists seeking funding and journalists seeking an audience agree: panic sells. “Global cooling is going to kills us all!” – “No, wait: global warming is going to kill us all!”
That’s the gist of an amazing chronology of the last 120 years of scare-mongering on climate, assembled by butnowyouknow.net and reprinted by the estimable Anthony Watts who updates it to the present. It is truly mind-boggling.
Thomas Jefferson: America’s First Meteorologist
For the more than fifty years that Thomas Jefferson was a systematic weather observer, Monticello was the focus of his efforts to understand the American climate. Well before 1776, the date of his earliest surviving meteorological diary, he was carefully assembling information on the weather of Virginia and making his own observations at Williamsburg and Monticello. The fruits of these endeavors appeared in the chapter on climate in his Notes on the State of Virginia, which, when published in 1785, established his membership in the international fraternity of scientists and natural philosophers.
The American Library Association: Sustaining Democracy
Our public libraries assist local communities in supporting and encouraging the domocratic nature of a society by providing citizens with accessibility to information regardless of race, income, class, age, or gender. Equal information access for all is a primary component of the democratic process.
God’s Green Earth
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Colonial Farming & Food: Famine to Prosperity
In colonial America, before the grocery store, men and women had to hunt, gather, or cultivate food, and at times wait for shipments from Europe, in order to survive. The work needed to secure sustenance molded society and the way colonists lived and expanded in America in colonial times.
TIMELINE for the History of American Agriculture HERE…
WE ARE CATHOLICS—WE ARE AMERICANS
The Catholic Association (TCA) is dedicated to being a faithful Catholic voice in the public square and the public arena. TCA is responding to the call of the Catholic Church for members of the lay faithful to apply Catholic teaching, wisdom, and principles to the issues of the day.
Partisan politics is what divides many Catholics — we want to focus on what unites faithful Catholics in order to build a powerful coalition to positively influence our world.
4th of July Recipes & Fun Ideas
Wondering what special dish to prepare for the 4th? Or maybe you’re wanting to spice up an old favorite? Then jump in to this pool of great ideas for on and off the picnic table.
A Song Before the Lord
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
National Parks Conservation Association
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations. Now, nearly one hundred years later, NPCA has a million members and supporters.
Grow your own PATRIOTIC Garden
In 2007, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) developed the America’s Anniversary Garden to help individuals, communities, and groups commemorate America’s 400th Anniversary with a signature landscape, garden, or container planting. These signature gardens have red, white, and blue color schemes. Although the commemoration has passed, this guide continues to be useful for creating a patriotic garden.
Wellness & Nutrition
Celebrate 67 Best American Wines
After tasting more than 300 affordable American wines, Senior Editor Ray Isle reports on his most exciting finds, from Chardonnay to Zinfandel— to buy by the case for everyday drinking or casual entertaining.
America’s Space Program: Then & Now
After the Apollo space program in the 1960s — which put a man on the moon in 1969 — President Richard Nixon commissioned the space shuttle program in 1972. The first shuttle, Columbia, blasted off in April 1981. Unlike Apollo, the space shuttle never ventured beyond Earth’s orbit. The shuttles, as big as DC-9 airplanes, were billed as a spacecraft that could launch and land 25 times a year.
They never did.
In America, every dog can dream of becoming “super dog!”
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