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Humpback Whales Making A Comeback?

Since commercial whaling was banned 50 years ago, humpback whale populations are witnessing a dramatic recovery. In response, the federal government has proposed removing most humpback whale populations off the Endangered Species List. And because the species’ population has increased by tens of thousands in the last several years, the whales have been seen by whale-watching tours and photographers more frequently off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.


Good News

New York allows canine patrons at sidewalk restaurants

New Yorkers out for brunch at a restaurant’s sidewalk table may soon notice marked changes to their dining experience: whimpers from under chairs, noses snuffling at their feet, eyes peering up in hopeful expectation. New York’s state senate on Wednesday approved by 60-0 a bill that would allow dogs in outdoor sections of restaurants.


In the News

The secret life of Chernoby’ls animals

Automatic cameras in the Ukrainian side of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have provided an insight into the previously unseen secret lives of wildlife that have made the contaminated landscape their home. Throughout 2015, the cameras will be positioned at 84 locations, allowing a team of scientists to record the type of animals passing through the area and where they make their home. In the first four months since the cameras were deployed, the team has “trapped” more than 10,000 images of animals, suggesting the 30km zone, established shortly after the April 1986 disaster when a nuclear reactor exploded, ejecting radioactive material across the surrounding terrain and high into the atmosphere, is now home to a rich diversity of wildlife. 


Picture of the Week

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy dolphins are found in coastal areas in South and Southeast Asia. The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphins inhabit a 118-mile stretch of the river between Cambodia and Lao PDR and are scarce—between 78 and 91 individuals are estimated to still exist.

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


~by Susi Pittman

Ever have one of those AHA moments where something you thought was going to appear…didn’t? And how about people who are not what they appear to be?


Catholic Journeyman

A Letter to Jet

~by Louis Templeman

Goodbye is a word that evokes distance, away-ness and sometimes finality. Louis remembers Jet.


A Poet’s Voice

Mexican Jumping Bean

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

God created thousands upon thousands of plants and each one can teach us a spiritual lesson. Here’s one that not many of us may have thought about.


Book of the Month~May

The Way of the Mystics: Ancient Wisdom for Experiencing God Today (Lessons from Thirteen Holy Men and Women), by John Michael Talbot, with Steve Rabey

~a review by Michele Gregoire

Take your spiritual life one step deeper with insights into people just like you who followed  their heavenly street signs and allowed God to drive their bus.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge


~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS

No one has seen more devastation to the natural beauty and resources of American land, than the Native Americans.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Super Typhoon Dolphin: Cat 5 Storms on the increase for the year

he planet averaged just 4.6 Category 5 storms per year between 1990 and 2014. Using a separate metric, this year also appears to be an outlier so far. The accumulated cyclone energy, or ACE index, shows that the Northwest Pacific alone has been running 483% of its typical activity-to-date. This index measures both the intensity and duration of tropical cyclones.


Weekly Commentary

The Pope, Mahmoud Abbas, and ‘the Angel of Peace.’–by Edward Pentin

Contrary to many reports in the mainstream press over the weekend, and according to Italian and Spanish media outlets, Pope Francis did not call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace”.

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Geology and Archaeology

Mysterious Caribbean Shipwreck Identified

Underwater archaeologists have solved the mystery of a shipwreck filled with sword blades, scissors and mule shoes more than three years after finding it in the waters off the Caribbean coast of Panama.The vessel has been identified as the Nuestra Señora de Encarnación, a colonial Spanish ship known as a nao, or merchant ship, that sank in 1681 during a storm at the mouth of Panama’s Chagres River.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Deacon James Keating

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is Director of Theological Formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University, Omaha. Before joining the staff of the IPF Deacon Keating taught moral and spiritual theology for thirteen years in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He has given over 400 workshops, retreats and days of reflection on the Catholic spiritual/moral life. In the field of his professional research, the interpenetration of the spiritual and moral life, Deacon Keating has authored or edited ten books and dozens of essays for theological journals.

Living a moral life is more than following rules, it is a state of being. A moral person is someone who has developed a moral sense, or conscience, manifested by a goodness that is integrated into daily living. For such a person, morality looses all sense of restriction and becomes a positive affirmation of a relationship with God.
Pure Heart, Clear Conscience offers an approach to morality that is rooted in a relationship with Jesus, our Savior. As we strengthen our relationship with the Lord, we begin to develop a Christian conscience than is able to recognize sin and accept true forgiveness. In welcoming goodness into our lives, we find the true happiness the every person was created for.


Quote of the Week

Never read books you aren’t sure about . . . even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?

~St. John Bosco~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

The Jesuit Martyrs of Virginia


Marshall Islands suffering as climate change kicks in

Seas are rising in the Marshall Islands at least twice as fast as the global average, according to tide gauges and satellite data provided by the country’s government — echoing reports by researchers in other countries who have found indications of regional differences in sea level rise. READ MORE…

Looking for Sustainability

RECYCLING SEAFOOD: Oil from fish waste

Leftovers from the fish industry might become a valuable raw material in the future. A German company has developed a system for recycling shrimp shells and other fish waste to create oils for the food production industry. The oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent cardiovascular problems. The aim is to minimize waste from the fish-processing industry.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Drug tainted oil sold as food grade to turkey farmer

Federal authorities say an Ohio-based recycling company continued selling tainted soy oil weeks after an earlier shipment of the product cost a West Michigan farm more than $1 million, killing 47,000 turkeys and ruining 500 tons of feed. A warning letter to Shur-Green Farms of Ansonia, Ohio, issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month said the company intentionally misrepresented industrial waste tainted by drug residue as recycled restaurant oil.vThe FDA investigation showed at least two shipments of a waste byproduct, intended for fuel use only, was sold in September as “soy oil” coming from a large food manufacturer, “implying that they were fit for use as food,” according to the warning letter dated April 24.


Steward Alerts

PAUSE Program

Saint Michael’s Media is an effort to bring the new evangelization and the lay apostolate to the new media, and to embody the spiritual works of mercy of instructing the ignorant, admonishing the sinner, and  teaching the Catholic faith.  Our work is dedicated to saving our own souls by making ourselves available to Our Blessed Lord to be used to help save other souls. It is in this spirit that we want to share our apostolic work with young men (18-25 years of age, with minimum of a high school degree) still discerning how they might best serve Christ and His Church, as they seek to respond to the call of the Holy Spirit in their lives (emphasis on, but not limited to, former seminarians and those currently discerning).


Steward Activities

The Journal of Family and Community Ministries

The Journal of Family and Community Ministries: Resources for Christian Leaders (JFCM) is an online, peer-reviewed journal that provides research-based articles to congregational and ministry leaders as they seek to serve others locally and globally. All articles published by JFCM undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the quality of the publication and trustworthiness of the content for congregational leaders.

JFCM publishes content in a number of different sections relevant to the Christian faith of families, the lives of congregations, and ways to know and care for others beyond the congregation.  JFCM contains both research-based articles and annotated topical bibliographies. 


Environmental Education

How much fossil fuel has been used in your lifetime?

Check out this interactive page that will WOW you with answers to how much fossil fuel has been extracted since you arrived at this page? Or since you were born? The numbers below highlight the staggering amount of oil, coal and gas we take out of the ground – and how quickly change is needed


Youth Stewardship

Graduating Seniors Plant Seeds For Future Student Farm

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.



Time your gardening with lunar phases & increase food production

For ages, farmers worldwide have looked to the night sky to determine the right time to fertilize, sow, prune, weed or harvest. Some skeptics say planting by the cycles of the moon is just an old folklore, others swear by it. The renewed attention for lunar gardening may be a reaction against the growing industrialization which drives huge numbers of people looking for methods to reconnect with the rhythm of our planet.


Wellness & Nutrition

Protect your heart in the heat

Whatever brings you outside — a bike ride with friends, a jog in the park or just a stroll around the block — it’s important to stay safe when the temperature rises.Tips for heart patient. If you’re a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight, you might need to take special precautions in the heat.



Asteroid deflection test planned for 2022

In the 1998 movie “Armageddon,” an asteroid “the size of Texas” threatens to destroy Earth until NASA employs a deep-sea oil driller (played by Bruce Willis) to plant nuclear bombs deep inside the asteroid and blow it apart. Although the movie seems far-fetched — and parts of it certainly are — the need for an asteroid-defense strategy hasn’t escaped either NASA or the European Space Agency (ESA). Both agencies are designing missions to test their ability to nudge an asteroid off-course if it seriously threatens Earth.



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