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Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary—Australia

You’ve got to see their HAPPIEST VIDEO EVER!

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary is set on 153 peaceable acres situated just outside of Lancefield, Victoria, Australia, nestled in the tranquillity of the Macedon Ranges.


Good News


National Greyhound Adoption Program

National Greyhound Adoption Program was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1989. Our main goals are, and always have been: To help find loving, adoptive homes for former racing greyhound dogs; To provide superior knowledge and support for greyhound dog adopters and other adoption groups; To educate the public and spread awareness about the plight of the greyhound; To provide specialized medical care specifically geared towards the greyhound.

National Greyhound Adoption Program now has greyhounds sent to us by various different groups from all over the United States. Our kennel currently houses anywhere from 40-50 adoptable greyhounds and is also able to house 40-50 boarding greyhounds for their vacationing owners. Because we are involved in so many aspects of greyhound adoption, rescue and advocacy and we take care of the housing and health needs of so many greyhounds, we have a large aid staff of almost twenty people and full-time, live-in caretakers. We also do something that is rarely done in rescue…


In the News

Think Twice Before Rescuing Baby Animals

People who are tempted to raise an orphaned wild animal as a pet, be warned: It’s illegal. Michelle Tirhi, a state wildlife biologist in Thurston and Pierce counties, said animals that become habituated to humans don’t have the skills to survive. “Most people get excited about a baby animal,” Tirhi said, “and then they get bored or don’t have to ability to keep it. And now, being around humans has altered the animal’s behavior.” That gets the animals in trouble.


Picture of the Week

White lions are a rare color mutation of the African lion. They are not albino; they are leucistic, which is lack of dark pigmentation. They get their coloring from a recessive gene known as a color inhibitor. To produce a white lion, both parents must possess the recessive gene.

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


Susi Weekly Column

The Author of Life

~by Susi Pittman

Jesus is the author of life! Just that thought should give us great pause for meditation.


Catholic Journeyman

Diagnosis Confirmed

~by Louis Templeman

Louis receives the confirmation he knew was coming. How he handles it will give you insight into a great spiritual truth. Gratitude.


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

The heart of a poet finds respite in her work.


Book of the Month-April

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, by James Bowen.

~Review by Michele Gregoire

It’s been on the Best Sellers List in England for 52 weeks and is already topping the charts in 26 other countries. Michele has a great book review for you this month.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Saunters with God in Nature

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

A loving father begets a daughter who loves her Father.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Britains bask in warmest weather this year

Southern parts of Britain basked in the warmest day of the year on Wednesday, with temperatures in London reaching 25C. That temperature, recorded in St James’s Park, meant that the heat surpassed 2015’s previous peak of 22.8 (73F), detected on Tuesday. It also meant that the UK’s hottest parts were balmier than Athens, Rome, Nice and Ibiza. The unseasonably warm weather saw people flock to beaches in Brighton, Bournemouth and Devon, while scores soaked up the rays in London’s parks.


Weekly Commentary

A Night In The Holy Sepulchre—by David Torkington

I was so overcome by the realization that I was actually praying in the very place from which Jesus had risen from the dead that I began to wish I that could spend the rest of my life in that friary. This would enable me to return again and again, night after night, to what must be the holiest place on earth. Then suddenly, in a matter of moments, I had a spiritual experience that changed everything. I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, but the words of God spoke to me in a way that they had never spoken to me before or since. In one sense it was nothing spectacular, but in another sense it irrevocably changed my whole attitude to the Resurrection that I’d believed in since I was a child, but which had never really touched me in the way that it touched me that night. I don’t claim that the words came directly from God; they most certainly came from my subconscious, but I’m sure God gave them a bit of a push.


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Geology and Archaeology

6.6 Quake strikes off of Taiwan

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Taiwan early Monday, causing some damage on land.The 6.6-magnitude earthquake was located some 47 miles (76 kilometers) east-northeast of Hualian, the U.S.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Notker Wolf OSB

Notker Wolf OSB (born June 21, 1940 in Unterallgäu, Bavaria) is the current Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict. He was elected to his position as Abbot Primate in 2000.

He lives at the Confederation’s headquarters at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. The position is largely honorary as the Benedictines are not a centralized order. He acts as a roving ambassador for them and speaks on Benedictine or Catholic issues.In November 2009 the Abbot Primate received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Saint Anselm College.[1]

He has written at least 19 books, with his latest (April 2012) concerning the issue of living an environmentally sustainable life for both a good future for the earth as well as for the individual in a spiritual/holistic fashion.

Wolf is also interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.[4]

On September 21, 2012, the Congress of Abbots reelected the 72-year-old Wolf to serve another term as Abbot Primate.

One of his most beloved books: Faith Can Give Us WINGS: The Art of Letting Go

“Why do you look so happy?” people have been asking Notker Wolf for years, now. So he set out to answer them in this lively book


Quote of the Week

I have seen so many eruptions in the last 20 years that I don’t care if I die tomorrow
Maurice Krafft (Volcanologist) on the day before he was killed on Unzen Volcano, Japan 1991.

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Mark the Evangelist

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.)

Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long.



Plants may not protect us against climate change

Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it. But a new study finds that limited nutrients may keep plants from growing as fast as scientists thought, leading to more global warming than some climate models had predicted by 2100.


Looking for Sustainability

Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN)

The Sustainable Commodity Initiative is a joint initiative managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dedicated to assisting the international community, the SCI aims to discover ways to ensure that sustainable practices are adopted into commodity production and trade to enhance social, environmental and economic welfare on a global scale.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

BARNRAISER: Cane Creek farms raises funds for move online

With the growth of platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, numerous people and businesses have turned to crowdfunding to assist with getting projects in motion. Now, a farm is using a new platform, called Barnraiser, to assist with funding its move to Saxapahaw. Cane Creek Farm is moving from 32 acres in Snow Camp to 38 acres in Saxapahaw, a move for which owner Eliza Maclean said the community has been hugely supportive.


Steward Alerts

Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic Orthodoxy voice, dies

George, who retired as Chicago archbishop in the fall of 2014, a few months before announcing his treatment for kidney cancer had failed, died late Friday morning, according to the Archdiocese of Chicago.


Steward Activities

Chew on this: Family meals are a sign of a healthy home

Would you like your children to have a side dish of resiliency to go along with their risotto? Or how about a slice of ham glazed with good grades? You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can dish up when your family breaks bread together. A growing body of research suggests family dinnertime does much more than satisfy hunger. Family meals can expand the mind and protect the spirit, too.


Environmental Education

Isle of Arran Diver Wins Prestigious Environmental Award

Howard Wood-Scotland

Howard Wood is to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco later. It is in recognition of his work over 20 years to protect the island’s marine environment and allow it to recover. Mr Wood was one of the founders of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (Coast) and played a key role in the campaign to set up the country’s first no take zone, which prohibits fishing in part of the island’s Lamlash Bay.


Youth Stewardship

Young Neighbors In Action

Young Neighbors in Action offers your teens a week of participating in mission, growing in faith, joining in prayer and serving those in need. The theme for 2015 is all about our call to make a difference in the world! We are to be salt for the earth and a light in the darkness for all. Join us for a summer mission trip that will change hearts!



Welcome the “guard dog” of the gardener into your garden

Unlike bees, which feed on nectar and pollen, most wasps are aggressive predators or parasites of other invertebrates in the garden. That’s the main reason you want them around. They tirelessly stalk the garden in search of prey and control the population of pests that would otherwise damage your plants. Some wasps are even plant pollinators. Welcome wasps to your garden.


Wellness & Nutrition

First Aid For Your Pet–FAQ’s

Emergencies with pets happen every day, and being prepared is important. When in doubt about the need to seek medical attention for an injured or sick pet, always err on the side of caution and ask your veterinarian. Don’t delay in seeking veterinary care if you think there could be a problem. Better to be dead wrong about a minor medical problem than to have a pet who’s worse off due to a delay. Peace of mind is priceless.



Mystic Mountain inside the Carina Nebula

Mystic Mountain is a term for a region in the Carina Nebula imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The view was captured by the then new Wide Field Camera 3, though the region was also viewed by the previous generation instrument. The new view celebrated the telescope’s 20th anniversary of being in space. The nebula is about 7500 light-years away from Earth. The pillar measures three light years in height; nascent stars inside the pillar fire off gas jets streaming from towering peaks.




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