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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.

~Pope Francis~

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ABOUT the Pet Tracker you can use from your Smart Phone?

No more LOST PETS! Whistle GPS Pet Tracker combines the best on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app, putting your pet’s needs and location right at your fingertips whenever you need it. It’s also the first device and app system to combine location-tracking and smart activity monitoring into one simple experience.

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Good News

Spikes K9 Fund

Spikes K9 Fund was founded by James Hatch, a retired Special Warfare Operator. As a K9 handler on several deployments, James’ life was regularly spared by the work of K9s – one of the most memorable was Spike. And on James’ final deployment, the night he was critically wounded, a K9 spared James’ life while losing his own.

From that evening on, James oriented his life around the training, care and preservation of working dogs. In addition to working as the founder and president of the fund, he works with local law enforcement and has adopted a former service dog in need of medical attention.

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In the News

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors

Wildness beats in the heart of California’s urban areas. A mountain lion known as P-22 lives in the middle of Los Angeles. Porpoises cavort in San Francisco Bay after a sixty-five year absence. And on the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have provided a home for an endearing family of wild gray foxes. A movement of diverse individuals and communities is taking action to recast wildlife as an integral part of our everyday lives. When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors explores this evolving dynamic between humans and animals, including remarkable stories like how Californians are welcoming wolves back to the state after the incredible journey of the wolf OR-7, how park staff and millions of visitors rallied to keep Yosemite’s famed bears wild, and many more tales from across the state.

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Picture of the Week

The Glasswinged Butterfly

The transparency of its wings results from the combination of three properties: first, from the low absorption of the visible light by the material constituting its wings, second, from the low scattering of the light passing through the wings and finally, from the low reflection of the light impinging on the wings surface. Adult Glasswings can be found mostly from Central to South America as far south as Chile. They can migrate great distances and have been documented as far north as Mexico and Texas.

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

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Susi Weekly Column

Lamentations

~by Susi Pittman

Never doubt that God is aware of EVERYTHING.

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Catholic Journeyman

Become Beautiful

~by Louis Templeman

Holiness doesn’t come from going to Mass, it doesn’t come from what you do.

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A Poet’s Voice

Balcony People

~by Paula Veloso Babadi


Are you a balcony person?

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Sauntering With My Creator

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

Not a morning person? Ginny can relate. However, there is a remedy that guarantees a huge return on rising up early.

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Weekly Commentary

What the bathroom wars are really about–by John Horvat II

The so-called bathroom wars have nothing to do with bathrooms but are all about war. The push to allow a person to use the bathroom of his or her choice is merely the latest phase of the sexual revolution. It is part of a relentless war to bring about an irrational equality that now seeks to break down the final public barriers that make the sexes different.

Let’s face it. Once it is held that anyone can use the bathroom that he or she feels comfortable with, the words “men” and “women” on the door are meaningless since anyone can enter.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

Dr. Paul Thigpen

Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Dr. Thigpen’s writing reflects a wide variety of genres and subjects: history and biography, spirituality and apologetics, anthologies and devotionals, family life and children’s books, study guides and reference works, fiction and collections of poetry and prayers. In addition to the forty books he has authored or compiled, he has published more than five hundred journal, magazine, and newsletter articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals for both scholarly and popular audiences. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into twelve languages. A 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Yale University (in Religious Studies), Dr. Thigpen was awarded the George W. Woodruff Fellowship at Emory University, where he earned an M.A. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Historical Theology. In 1993 he was named as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education. He has since served on the theology faculties of several universities and colleges and is currently the editor of TAN Books, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His most recent book is the sensational and exciting THE BURDEN.

Recommended Read

The Burden

A sense of foreboding has deepened across our land … Spiritually, socially, politically, economically, the fierce consequences of our choices as a nation whirl around us and threaten us with catastrophe. The storm clouds gather; the thunder rumbles; the darkness descends. While the tempest approaches, many are asleep. Others sense danger in the air but are uncertain of its source and scope. Now a new book, The Burden, has appeared in the hope of rousing the sleepers and clarifying the danger. Best-selling author Paul Thigpen insists that we are seeing today a repetition of the historical pattern so vividly presented in biblical prophecy, an echo of events that took place long ago. God’s ultimate response to sinful nations is merciful but terrifying chastisement. Our recent history invites, perhaps demands, such chastisement.

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Quote of the Week

The life of God is above the past, the present, and the future; it is measured by the single instant of immobile eternity.

~Father Reginald Garrigou Lagrange~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

The Life of Saint Bernadette

Geology & Archaeology

Astonishing archaeological find off coast of Israel


The discovery, hailed as the largest assemblage of marine artifacts recovered in the country during the past 30 years, was initially made by two divers who stumbled across the remains of a large merchant ship. It is estimated the vessel sank during the Late Roman period some 1,600 years ago. Prompted by the divers’ report, IAA archaeologists cleared an extensive portion of the seabed, bringing to light iron anchors, coins and spectacular bronze statues.

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World Climate Issues

Why did Earth’s surface temperature stop rising in the past decade?


The most likely explanation for the lack of significant warming at the Earth’s surface in the past decade or so is that natural climate cycles—a series of La Niña events and a negative phase of the lesser-known Pacific Decadal Oscillation—caused shifts in ocean circulation patterns that moved some excess heat into the deep ocean. Even so, recent years have been some of the warmest on record, and scientists expect temperatures will swing back up soon.

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Global Weather

Expansion of the Tropics and its affect on the weather


A new NASA analysis of 30-years of satellite data suggests that a previously observed trend of high altitude clouds in the mid-latitudes shifting toward the poles is caused primarily by the expansion of the tropics.

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Sustainability

8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping


Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are 8 tips for what to take for a more sustainable, eco-friendly camping trip.

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God’s Green Earth

Caribbean Blue

Farm News

If Urban Farming took off, what would Boston look like?

~Though this article debuted January 2014 it still holds a phantasmagorical concept for any large city~


Until the turn of the 20th century, it wasn’t all that unusual for Bostonians to earn their living through farming, and as late as 1895, the city was producing more crops and livestock products than any Massachusetts town except Dartmouth. This changed as the city modernized and grew denser, driving real estate prices up and eventually, in 1965, leading to the passage of a citywide zoning code that introduced all kinds of bureaucratic obstacles to starting a farm anywhere in Boston.

No longer. The new zoning ordinance, known as Article 89, explicitly lays out what kinds of farms Bostonians are allowed to start—from how many acres they can be to whether farmers are allowed to slaughter chickens on site. (The answer to that second one is no.) Thomas M. Menino signed off on the ordinance as one of his final acts as mayor, opening the door to an unfamiliar vision of Boston—as a city that grows its own food.

What will urban farming look like?

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Steward Alerts

Catholic Event Finder


The purpose of Catholic Event Finder is to aid in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through His Catholic Church and to help unify the good efforts of Catholic organizations around the world. This service provides a means for dioceses, parishes and other Catholic organizations to simply and easily get the word out about their Catholic events. The site offers a free public forum for posting and searching Catholic events anywhere in the world. It has been called the “craigslist” of Catholic events. Our hope is that Catholic organizations will promote their events through this service which will enable users to quickly and easily find Catholic events in their area for enriching their spiritual lives.

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Steward Activities

MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America–Civil War

The film contains constant strong violence, including torture, but with minimal gore, a few uses of profanity and of crude language as well as several crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Song Before the Lord

The Magnificat

Environment

The Wild Horses of Cumberland Island


On Cumberland, the balance between the wild and the civilized definitely favors the wild, and there is no better symbol of this tension, and a living symbol at that, as the bands of feral horses who roam the dunes, marshes and even old estate lawns in dignified, ghostly beauty. They’ve been here perhaps as far back as the 16th century, as long or longer than some of the oldest grandfather oaks on the island. And while on one hand they seem to embody the essence of wild freedom, they were still brought here by civilization, and their existence on the island troubles as many people as they enchant.

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Gardening

Gardening With Young Grandchildren

In early Spring, when most people are knee-deep in snow, gardeners are in glory as they submerge themselves in seed catalogs. It’s a time when experienced grandparent gardeners are taking a little extra time to study the subtle differences between a plot that will satisfy an adult palate and one that will delight a 3-feet-tall novice.

There are all sorts of differences between the two types of gardening. You may think organic gardening is an elitist fad, but it prevents your grandchild toddler from being exposed to pesticides. And while natural fertilizers are a soil-building bonanza, you wouldn’t want to suck them off your thumb.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Summer Safety Tips for Families


The final school bell has rung, the pencils and notebooks are packed away and the kids are ready for some summer fun! Children love the hot summer months, because they provide the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time outside. Whether it’s swimming in the pool, hiking through the woods, taking long walks, or going for a bike ride, there is something for everyone, no matter how young or old.

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Stargazing

What is Breakthrough Starshot?


The $100 million Breakthrough Starshot mission aims to use lasers to launch swarms of chip-sized probes on roughly 20-year journeys to Alpha Centauri. The ambitious initiative faces many challenges. How will the project ever launch space-chips to another star?

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