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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.
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ABOUT…the rare White Humpback Whale being spotted off the coast of Australia?
An extremely rare white humpback whale was Tuesday spotted off the Australian coast as he migrates towards warmer tropical waters to mate. The albino is widely believed to be Migaloo, the world’s best-known all-white humpback who has built up a loyal following in Australia since first being sighted in 1991. Migaloo is an Aboriginal word meaning “whitefella.” He was seen and photographed off Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, heading north on his annual migration from Antarctica to warmer waters in Queensland state.
Misty the Cat reunited with family after 11 YEARS
In the News
“I had just downloaded ‘Pokemon Go’ and was figuring out what it was all about,” Burns told The Huffington Post, explaining that she was out in a parking lot near her apartment complex in Orlando, Florida. “I heard this noise, it sounded almost like a bird. … I followed the noise and there was this little kitten sitting there on the ground, and her leg was out at a weird angle.” Crying and obviously injured, the kitten clearly needed help.
Picture of the Week
The American Bald Eagle
It is estimated that in the early 18th century, the bald eagle population was 300,000–500,000, but by the 1950s there were only 412 nesting pairs in the 48 contiguous states of the US. The species was first protected in the U.S. and Canada by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, later extended to all of North America. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, approved by the U.S. Congress in 1940, protected the bald eagle and the golden eagle, prohibiting commercial trapping and killing of the birds. The bald eagle was declared an endangered species in the U.S. in 1967. Today, the contiguous state with the largest number of breeding pairs of eagles is Minnesota with an estimated 1,312 pairs, surpassing Florida’s most recent count of 1,166 pairs.
The bald eagle was officially removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, when it was reclassified from “Endangered” to “Threatened.” On July 6, 1999, a proposal was initiated “To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” It was de-listed on June 28, 2007.
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 Weekly Column
Render to Caesar
~by Susi Pittman
I considered what I thought was absolutely MOST important to me.
~by Louis Templeman
It is in the “ordinary” that God seeks us out.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
To Be or Not To Be—A Squirrel
~by Virginia Anson-Rhys
Love them or hate them, it’s hard not to identify with them…clever and quick learning they live life efficiently and seemingly carefree. The mind of God is indeed filled with humor!
Are we special? New thoughts about the Anthropic Principle
~by Bob Kurland
My interest has been awakened again by conversations (via email) with an author who believes that the Anthropic Principle, as exemplified in a series of physical events and values for constants — the anthropic coincidences — strongly and quantitatively (via probability arguments) supports the proposition of a creating God. Some Christian apologists use the anthropic coincidences as an argument for the existence of God by citing the very low probability for their occurrence; all these happening would not occur by chance. A major objection to this procedure, is that the universe is a single datum — probability arguments are generally applied to samples from larger collections for which we have information about variability.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Peter J. Kreeft
Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College. He is the author of numerous books as well as a popular writer of Christian philosophy, theology and apologetics. He also formulated, together with Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God.
A Calvinist, Kreeft regarded the Catholic Church “with the utmost suspicion.” A key turning point was when he was asked by a Calvinist professor to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church that it traced itself to the early Church. He said that on his own, he “discovered in the early Church such Catholic elements as the centrality of the Eucharist, the Real Presence, prayers to saints, devotion to Mary, an insistence on visible unity, and apostolic succession.” The Church fathers such as Augustine and Jerome were clearly Catholic and not Protestant, he stated.
He has received several honors for achievements in the field of philosophy, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, Yale-Sterling Fellowship, Newman Alumni Scholarship, Danforth Asian Religions Fellowship, and a Weathersfield Homeland Foundation Fellowship.
ANGELS (and Demons) – by Peter J. Kreeft
In response to actual questions many people have asked him about angels and demons, well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy and myth from reality as he answers 100 common questions about these spiritual beings. Based on a very popular college course he teaches on this subject, this book responds to the incredible amount of interest in angelic beings and attempts to clear up some of the misinformation abounding in the numerous books today on what we know about these mysterious spirits.
Drawing on the Bible, traditional Church teaching and St. Thomas Aquinas, Kreeft gives straight, clear answers to the perennial and philosophical questions asked about angels and demons throughout time.
Quote of the Week
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’
Discovering Our Catholic Saints
Saint Peter Chrysologus
Geology & Archaeology
Magma build-up threatens San Salvador capital
New research shows magma is accumulating beneath a fault slip near the capital of El Salvador. The fault slip is located beneath Ilopango caldera. The latest findings, detailed in the journal Nature Communications, suggest San Salvador is at risk of future rumbles and ruptures.
Researchers from Bristol University believe Ilopango offers geologists a chance to better understand the links between earthquakes and volcanoes.
Scientists find evidence of planetary carbon release valve
New evidence suggests the carbon cycle has a natural release valve — a built-in upper limit to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Millions of tons of carbon were dumped into the air and ocean during what’s known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Scientists believe it’s the closest natural precedent for current global warming.
1.6 million displaced by floods in India
Heavy rains and floods in India have affected more than 1.6 million people in the tea-growing north-eastern state of Assam, with officials scrambling to shift hundreds of thousands of people into 300 makeshift relief camps.
The death toll in Assam rose to at least 12 on Wednesday, according to police and rescue workers. Heavy monsoon rains are forecast for at least another 48 hours.
Hundreds of thousands of villagers have abandoned their homes and livestock. Some used homemade rafts made from banana trees to flee; others were rescued by soldiers from the rooftops of their waterlogged homes.
The new glut on Palm Oil
Some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements, a new report claims.
Burgeoning demand for the cheap vegetable oil, increasingly from China and India, is putting pressure on rainforests that are cleared to make way for the crop. According to the FoE report, BlackRock, the Vanguard Group, JPMorgan and Fidelity Investments have almost $13bn in holdings in palm oil between them.
God’s Green Earth
Sailing the Cosmic Sea with Hubble
When in drought: The California farmers who don’t water their crops
There’s something different about Will Bucklin’s grape vines. At first it’s hard to notice, but a drive through northern California’s Sonoma Valley, past waves of green, manicured vineyards, makes it clear. The black ribbon of PVC irrigation pipe that typically threads the vines is curiously absent here – because Will doesn’t water his crops.
Is it possible to grow healthy grapes without watering them? Actually, if conditions are right, he says, it’s possible to grow even better ones. Less water means smaller, more intensely flavoured grapes with a higher skin-to-fruit ratio.
World Youth Day 2016 – KRAKOW – July 25-31
The theme of the XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). Our Holy Father Francis has chosen the fifth of the eight Beatitudes, given by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to show the importance of the Beatitudes which are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. In his first Sermon, Jesus presents us with eight examples of qualities that bring us closer to the Kingdom of God.
The choice of Krakow and World Youth Day’s motto lead us to the Spark of Mercy. Since the appearance of Jesus to St. Sister Faustina, Mercy has been radiating from Krakow-Lagiewniki to the whole universal Church. Krakow is widely known as the centre of worship of God’s mercy, and young pilgrims who come will surely want to see the place of the revelations, Sister Faustina’s tomb, and the shrine – the place where St. John Paul II entrusted the world to God’s Mercy.
Seton Home Study School
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Song Before the Lord
Love Never Fails
Hole in Earth’s Ozone Shrinking
Nearly three decades after the world banned chemicals that were destroying the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer, scientists said Thursday that there were signs the atmosphere was on the mend.
The researchers said they had found “fingerprints” indicating that the seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica, a cause of concern since it was discovered in 1984, was getting smaller. Although the improvement has been slight so far, it is an indication that the Montreal Protocol — the 1987 treaty signed by almost every nation that phased out the use of chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs — is having its intended effect.
Full recovery of the ozone hole is not expected until the middle of the century.
“This is just the beginning of what is a long process,” said Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lead author of the study, published in the journal Science.
Dry Vegetable Gardening
Dry gardening–called dry farming on a grander scale–is a strategy for gardening where rainfall and irrigation water are in short supply. By definition dry farming is non-irrigated agriculture in a climate where there is 20 inches of rain or less a year. Vegetables require water to germinate, grow, and fruit. Plant cells are made mostly of water. Vegetables take up nutrients through soil water. Drought is the condition under which plants fail to mature because they lack enough water.
But dry conditions and drought are two different things. If you live in a dry region where little rain falls each year, if irrigation is hard to come by or rationed, you can still have a productive vegetable garden. Dry vegetable gardening is not gardening with no water; it is gardening with limited water and making the most of the water you have.
Wellness & Nutrition
Caring for your pet during extreme heat
Temperatures climb this week with maximum heat indices surpassing 100 degrees, staying cool will be a top priority. For pet owners, keeping your furry companions safe is no different.
Dogs are prone to similar heat-related illnesses as humans, such as heat exhaustion and stroke. But dogs don’t react the same way humans do to hot weather, according to Jayme Hoffberg, department head of emergency care at MedVet Chicago, a 24-hour veterinary clinic. “We can prepare ourselves and can recognize heat,” Hoffberg said. “But dogs rely on us, the owners, to take them away from heat and cool them down. Keeping them in the shade and making sure they are well hydrated is critical.”
Space, the final frontier! Celebrating the Hubble Telescope
Fifty years ago Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise began their journey into space – the final frontier. Now, as the newest Star Trek film hits cinemas, the NASA/ESA Hubble space telescope is also exploring new frontiers, observing distant galaxies in the galaxy cluster Abell S1063 as part of the Frontier Fields program. Space… the final frontier. These are the stories of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Sure to make you Smile
WELL…don’t just stand there!!!! DO SOMETHING!!!
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