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The Good News
~By Susi Pittman
It was just two years ago that one of our weekly readers emailed me to express a concern. Her name was Irmengard H. from Austria and she delivered to me perhaps the greatest idea/inspiration for this website…the Pet Prayer Line.
Irma was concerned that she had been unable to find a Catholic pet prayer line to contact to assist those whose pets may be in jeopardy in some way, in their health or state in life.
I took it to prayer and received a tremendous confirmation from the Lord to initiate such a web page on our website.
Today, we are nearing the 1,000 prayer mark on Our Pet Prayer Line, which invites everyone to share a prayer need for a beloved pet family member. We want y to know that you are not ALONE! We at catholic Stewards of Creation believe that God loves all that He has created and allows nothing He created to fall away from His sight. Our team will pray for your intentions as we offer your prayer to the Creator of all creation through the intercessory aid of the great saints of the Catholic Church who loved and were loved by animals.
Many, many people have emailed us with miraculous healings of their pets or reunion with a lost pet. I wanted to share an especially poignant letter that I received from Australia:
I recently posted a prayer for my elderly cat Speedy. He had an operation to remove a cancer sarcoma from his nose and the operation had left him struggling to breathe (the vet removed a large part of his nose) with constant hyperventilation and anxiety.
I had planned to euthanize him twice in December on the advice that the very same vet gave me, but circumstances intervened twice. So. I posted a prayer request on your website instead.
Well, Speedy is doing so well at the moment, I am astonished! He made it through Christmas, New Year and his 17th birthday in January despite struggling to breathe. Given this I decided to take him to a specialist vet centre for a second opinion. He was fighting too hard for his life to let him go. The bet put him on other medication and he is coming leaps and bounds.
Speedy is now breathing normally and is happy again. He is interactive again sitting on my lap and insisting on napping on my bed with me which he hasn’t done for a while. He is eating and drinking beautifully, making it easy to give him his meds.
Thank you so much for the prayer the team said for him!
I realize that every day I have him is a gift given his age and that there are tumours sitting up his nose, (which are currently dormant). But, he has gone back not to enjoying his life and I am soo glad that I will have him for a while longer.
I believe that he is hanging on because he knows that I lost two other cats last year and had enough grief to deal with last year.
In fact, when Mickey his pussycat housemate died, I lay on my bed crying and Speedy went and sat on the top of my pillow and stroke my face with his paw, licked my face and kissed me. How amazing are animals????
I cannot believe that I booked him twice to be euthanized last year.
I thank you and your team for your very thoughtful prayer.
Giovanna G., Australia
I can’t tell you how much we appreciate hearing from all of those who have seen pet miracles following prayers to Jesus. We are archiving your miracles for the future. All glory belongs to Jesus! We are all His prayer instruments for the greater glory of His love and kingdom.
Thank you Irma for sharing your inspiration with me and thank You Jesus for the many answered prayers that You have given so many of Your good stewards who care deeply for the lesser brethren, the pet family members that share Your unconditional love with us.
If you have a pet in need of prayer, please visit our PET PRAYER LINE SUBMISSION page and we will join with you in prayer.
In the News
Endangered Pupfish Could Vanish In 30 Years
An inch-long fish that sparked a Supreme Court battle could go extinct in less than 30 years, a new modeling study concludes. The iridescent blue fish are the remnants of a pupfish population that lived in the vast ice-age lake that filled Death Valley thousands of years ago. When the lake shrank, isolated pupfish groups persisted in rivers and ponds, becoming separate species.The Devils Hole pupfish became trapped in Devils Hole, a limestone cavern in Nevada fed by geothermally heated groundwater. If the cavern’s water level drops too far, the fish can’t lay eggs on their favorite shallow water ledge. Thanks to a long legal battle, the fish hold water rights to protect their spawning ledge.
Picture of the Week
The White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover face continues to weather at an average rate of 1 centimetre (0.39 in) per year, although occasionally large pieces will fall. The cliffs themselves were formed at the same time as the Straits of Dover, by ice-age floods. The cliffs are composed mainly of soft, white chalk with a very fine-grained texture, composed primarily of, single-celled planktonic algae whose skeletal remains sank to the bottom of the ocean during the Cretaceous and, together with the remains of bottom-living creatures, formed sediment.
Redemption of Creation and Creatures
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.
The Founder’s Pen
Preparing Your Pet Family for the “Big Blow”
~by Susi Pittman
We are talking some seriously simple tips for hurricane evacuation preparedness for you and your pet family members. Do not leave your pets behind to fend for themselves.
WHO IS HE? WHAT DOES HE WANT?
~by Louis Templeman
Holiness, it is a state of being. It is what God wants for us.
A Poet’s Voice
No Stone for David
~by Paula Veloso Babadi
Paula is confirmed that God’s ever watchful eye blesses us with people of kindness at just the right moment.
Book of the Month
The Dalai Lama’s Cat–a novel by David Michie
A REVIEW by Michele Gregoire
We know that a fictional book was written a couple years back titled Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI As Told By A Cat. Michele has found a lovely fictional novel titled, The Dalai Lama’s Cat which also shares a similar path of peace-filled teachings and lessons.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
WELCOME Fall’s Wild Neighbors
~by Virginia Anson
It is migration time and the wild birds are on the move. Virginia has some great recommendations for prepping your backyard to receive the winged travelers as well as other local wild neighbors.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
Geomagnetic storm starts off Canada’s aurora borealis 2014-2015 with a stellar perfomance
People in eastern Canada were treated to a fantastic display of the northern lights Friday night. The coronal mass ejection (CME) impacted Earth earlier in the day, triggering the dazzling lights. Though it was daylight in Canada, the geomagnetic storm peaked just after sunset in eastern Canada, giving residents in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario a fantastic display.
13 MEMES ON CATHOLICISM AND SCIENCE
—by H. H. Ambrose
“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” The opening line of Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio embodies the Catholic belief that faith and reason must be harmonious. While a meme does not serve to explain the relationship between faith and reason, it can work as a humorous way to dispel caricatural notions of Catholicism being anti-science.
AFFILIATE SHOPPING for YOU! We continue to build a small but, well focused group of vendors, offering products in line with stewardship of the earth and its creatures. By visiting these product sites from our page, you are helping to support our mission.
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Since 1987, MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS has consistently delivered exceptional quality certified organic herbs and spices with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture. Our primary source of herbal material is from certified organic American farms and many of these farms are on contract with us as an exclusive grower for our needs.
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A Division of Engineering Services & Products Company, FarmTek was founded in 1979 with the purpose of bringing the highest quality products at the most competitive prices with exceptional customer service directly to the agricultural, horticultural, building and retail trade communities.
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Fall Photo of the Week
GREEN MOUNTAINS, VERMONT
Geology and Archaeology
Mystery of Death Valley’s Sailing Stones Solved
For years, enormous stones have been moving across the Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park, leaving engraved trails in the muddy surface behind. No one understood how, though there was plenty of speculation, according to researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego.
Last year the researchers, Richard Norris and James Norris, placed stones equipped with GPS devices on the same stretch of land, then waited and watched.
Discovering Catholic Writers
FATHER LEO PATALINGHUG
Father Leo Patalinghug is a Roman Catholic priest who holds a pontifical theological degree in Mariology (the study of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of Christ). He is also an international TV show host, radio host, and founder of the international movement Grace Before Meals, which provides a pastoral theology of the Eucharist to strengthen the communion of the family (the Domestic Church) through the blessing of the meal. He is a popular author, internationally sought-out speaker, and an effective preacher of the New Evangelization to diverse audiences in the modern world.
Fr. Leo blends profound truths with humor and wit in a way that appeals to a wide cross-section of Catholics. In this new book, Fr. Leo goes beyond an explanation of how eating together builds stronger families to probe more deeply into the theological aspects of food.
Following the example of Jesus Christ, whose miracles and teachings often involved food, Fr. Leo explains salvation history by what he calls a “theology of food”—there is a godly logic to every bite we take. He shows how the devil seeks to poison God’s children from within, getting them to “digest” his lies by taking what is harmful and making it look beautiful and edible. This cosmic struggle between good and evil can be seen as an “eternal food fight” between God and the devil.
“You are what you eat! Your mind, heart, and soul are capable of digesting God’s Word, especially as it becomes flesh to dwell among us.”
Quote of the Week
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Discovering Our Saints
Saints Ann & Joaquim—Patron Saints of Grandparents
Art of Life
AUTUMN de FOREST
Autumn de Forest is an Artist, Model, Speaker and Philanthropist. Her works sell for tens of thousands of dollars, and at the age of 12, her paintings are exhibited alongside both contemporary and modern masters. Autumn’s artistic abilities are no fluke. She has numerous known and collected 20th century artists in her family, including painters Roy de Forest (American, 1930-2007), Lockwood de Forest (American, 1850-1932) and George de Forest Brush (American, 1855-1941).
Autumn had the honor of being the youngest artist ever featured at the National Art Education Association’s annual convention, where she appeared along with art world legends such as Peter Max and Chuck Close.
Matt Lauer interviewed Autumn on the Today Show, The Discovery Channel profiled her as a child genius, CNN profiled her in their “Power Of She” series, in addition to appearences including PBS, Inside Edition, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC News. American Girl Magazine, The Wendy Williams Show, Parenting, and the Huffington Post are just a few of the publications that have spotlighted Autumn. Autumn has been the subject of feature articles in Scholastic News and last spring’s feature subject in Time Magazine for Kids.
Her artistic style has been compared to iconic abstract painters including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. Notably, Autumn de Forest’s collectors have acquired the majority of works offered and presented at each and every one of her recent world-wide exhibitions.
Looking for Sustainability
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
The vision of the Sustainable Winegrowing Program is the long-term sustainability of the California wine community. To place the concept of sustainability into the context of winegrowing, the program defines sustainable winegrowing as growing and winemaking practices that are sensitive to the environment (Environmentally Sound), responsive to the needs and interests of society-at-large (Socially Equitable), and are economically feasible to implement and maintain (Economically Feasible). The combination of these three principles is often referred to as the three “E’s” of sustainability.
God’s Green Earth
WHEN THE LEAVES COME FALLING DOWN
Farm Economy Starting to See Cracks
Dakotafest Industry Show
Low crop prices are putting a damper on the farm economy, but two of the state’s top economists say they don’t see a long-term downturn in the making.
Corn futures recently dropped below $3.50 a bushel, their lowest level in four years. That means that despite what may be a record crop, many farmers will struggle to break even this year.
At the start of the year, the University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research predicted farm income in the state would fall more than 7 percent this year after several years of robust growth. In July, however, the BBR revised the forecast down to a predicted drop of more than 13 percent. The BBR is also predicting declines in 2015 and 2016 as well.
CHILDREN & MIGRATION–What the USCCB Says
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is largest refugee resettlement agency in the world, and is one of two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle unaccompanied refugee children. MRS serves as a leader in the protection of unaccompanied children by providing family reunification services to children who enter the United States alone without immigration status, and specialized placements in community-based settings to refugee and immigrant children with no viable family reunification options in the United States. MRS has served unaccompanied children through culturally-appropriate programs nationwide since 1980.
Autumn Crafts & Children Activities
Bring the feeling of the fall into your family with these fun-filled kids projects. Songs, poems, a leaf collectors album, or how about sharing some cooking fun with a fall recipe.
REEF: An active organization of divers and marine enthusiasts committed to ocean conservation
Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.
TWO WHEEL VIEWS: Changing kids lives from the seat of a bike
Two Wheel View (TWV) provides life changing experiences for young people. TWV is a mission driven organization that creates opportunities for young people to learn and practice lessons in leadership, health and wellness, self esteem, achievement, and environmental stewardship through their participation in bicycle education programs and expeditions.
FALL-WINTER SEASONS: Grown food in containers
Wellness & Nutrition
Tips on How to SLEEP Better
How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. Similarly, the cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. The following tips will help you optimize your sleep so you can be productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long.
What are those spidery black things on Mars?
What are those things? They were first seen in 1998; they don’t look like anything we have here on Earth. To this day, no one is sure what they are, but we now know this: They come, then they go. Every Martian spring, they appear out of nowhere, showing up — 70 percent of the time — where they were the year before. They pop up suddenly, sometimes overnight. When winter comes, they vanish.
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