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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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Did you hear?

THAT…Pero the sheepdog makes 240 mile trip back home

A sheepdog has made a 240-mile trek to be reunited with his original owners in Wales after apparently deciding that he didn’t want to settle on a farm in Cumbria, where he had been sent to work. Pero, a four-year-old working sheepdog, will now remain with his previous owners after turning up again on their farm near Aberystwyth, a fortnight after making a break from Cockermouth on 8 April.

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Good News

Dog lost for 2 years is found by chance encounter

A South Carolina family is “over the moon to have their dog back” after a fateful visit to an animal shelter. Buddy went missing two years ago when the Cromers were moving. They searched for him for a year, but finally assumed someone else had taken him in. Then, on April 13, April Cromer was waiting at a shopping center to meet a friend for lunch, and decided to wander into Greenville County Animal Care to see the pets who were up for adoption. As she was looking at the dogs, a familiar face caught her attention. “I was like ‘No way,’” she said. “Then I looked again and was like, ‘Buddy Jack?’ and he just started jumping.” She brought her husband back to make sure it was really Buddy. “At first the dog was a little timid but then they started asking him to do his tricks and the dog did it, and at that point they realized it was him, and Buddy realized these were his people,” said the shelter’s community relations coordinator, Paula Church. “The way he reacted … and the hugs and kisses from the puppy, was just all really sweet.” The dog had only been at the shelter for about a week, after he’d been found by an animal control officer running loose.

In the News

JOIN THE PACK: 150 Days of Animal Rescue

In honor of 150 years of service to animals, the ASPCA is launching 150 Days of Rescue, a national campaign designed to protect homeless and abused animals.

Join the ASPCA in their fight against animal cruelty! Photo credit: ASPCA

Join the ASPCA in the fight against animal cruelty today! Photo credit: ASPCA

The 150-day campaign, which launched on April 10th, the ASPCA’s birthday, and will continue through September 7th.

During this time, the ASPCA hopes animal lovers will devote at least 15 minutes of their time to helping animals in desperate need of care.

To participate in the campaign, individuals can visit the ASPCA’s website and log their acts of animal kindness. These deeds can range anywhere from volunteering at local shelters, fostering or adopting homeless animals, or even advocating for stronger animal welfare laws.

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Picture of the Week

Not everything is BIG in Texas. The “giant armadillo,” the largest species in the Armadillo family which has a range over much of South America, is on the “red list” of endangered species. The giant armadillo can reach up to 59 inches and weigh up to 110 pounds. Due to its cryptic behavior and low population densities, this animal is very rarely seen.

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

God continually recreates

~by Susi Pittman

The preservation of all the universe is no more than a continual creation by God’s mere thought, a poem of Love.

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Catholic Journeyman

A Good Show

~by Louis Templeman

You’ve read it in the scriptures that no one can out give God the Father! And yet, miserly intentions abound when it comes to offering one’s time, talent and treasures back to Him.

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A Poet’s Voice

Where Daniel Prayed

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Can you imagine how holy it would be to be standing at the tomb of Daniel the Prophet in the ancient, dusty town of Shushtar, Iran? Paula did and she shares the moment.

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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

God is a mathematician? Oy vey! – by Bob Kurland

I view mathematics, logic, reason as the foundations and the framework of the building in which we live. There are essential additions–faith, religion, beauty, love. So my answer to the question in the title is, God is much more than a mathematician.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

James Charles Wall

1860-1943

James Charles Wall was a British ecclesiologist, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the late 19th and early 20th century. He wrote many books, mainly on Church history, and was an early contributor to the Victoria History of the Counties of England magazine. He was somewhat of a mentor to his nephew, the celebrated children’s author Charles Williams. Perhaps one of his most famed works was the book Relics of the Crucifixion.

Recommended Read

Relics From The Crucifixion: Where they went and how they got there – by J. Charles Wall

All relics from Christ’s crucifixion have a fascinating story, all of which are told here in this 1910 work by the enterprising Catholic investigator Charles Wall.

Among the things you’ll discover in these pages:

The miracle that revealed to St. Helena which of the three discovered crosses was that of Jesus

The horse’s bit made from a nail of the True Cross, and the successes it brought the horse’s rider

The nails — and why there are so many in existence today

A history of the fortunes the Crown of Thorns to those who held them, and a list of towns where thorns are found

Where, in 1492, workman accidentally discovered again the actual board on which “King of the Jews” was written

The modest Frenchman who saved a holy nail from profanation during the French Revolution

Drawings of the spear of Longinus, and reports of its later use in battles

Relics of Jesus’s actual blood from the Crucifixion: and why it makes sense that some still exists

The veil of Veronica, Christ’s seamless robe, and much more!

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Quote of the Week

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

~ Rudyard Kipling ~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Catherine of Siena

Geology & Archaeology

Prehistoric animal shell found in Argentina

A passer-by on Christmas Day found a meter-long shell on a riverbank in Argentina which may be from a glyptodont, a prehistoric kind of giant armadillo, experts said Tuesday.

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World Climate Issues

European Weather Patterns to Change Significantly

Europe will soon be hit by deadly, “once-in-a-century” extreme weather events every year, a study has found. Severe wildfires, river floods and windstorms will affect certain areas of the continent annually by 2050, according to research published in the journal Climatic Changes.

The study concludes the issue is at “historically high levels” and Europe will undergo a “progressive and strong increase in overall climate hazard”, with a particular impact on the south-western regions.

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Global Weather

US Weather patterns improved by global warming—for how long?

Americans are getting the wrong signal from year-round weather about whether they should be concerned about climate change, said the study’s lead author, Patrick Egan, a public policy professor at New York University. They’re getting the good parts and haven’t had to pay the price of the bad part.

At least, not yet.

If heat-trapping gases aren’t controlled, nearly nine out of 10 Americans will have noticeably worse — not better — weather by the end of the century, especially in the summer, the study found.

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Sustainability

Feeding the world without future deforestation

Deforestation is necessary to feed the growing global population — this is a common believe that has now been disproved by researchers of the Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna. In a study published in Nature Communications they present results that reveal that it is possible to produce sufficient food for the world in 2050 and at the same time maintain the current forests of the world.

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God’s Green Earth

CLOUDS

Farm News

Growing concern over downturn in farm economy

When the country was going through the Great Recession of 2008-09, agriculture was one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy. The agricultural sector was still providing jobs and enjoying a trade surplus. But now, as the overall economy continues to recover, the farm economy has taken a turn for the worse.

In response, the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has initiated a series of hearings entitled Focus on the Farm Economy. The six subcommittees on agriculture, each from its own perspective, will examine the growing pressure in rural America. Catholic Rural Life is paying attention to the economic downtown in farm communities and will stay in touch with other family farm groups who are keeping an eye on policy responses and prospective changes.

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Steward Alerts

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Steward Activities

The Catholic Catalogue

Being Catholic means living a life. The practice precedes the theology. The Catholic Catalogue is a field guide, a list of far ranging topics, that should aid any Catholic – whether steeped in the tradition or just discovering spirituality for the first time – to come and see the daily acts that make up a Catholic life. Our site is a collection of curated as well as original content. We are your source for Catholic practice and esoterica, from the trivial to the profound.

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Song Before the Lord

Your words are spirit and life O Lord

Environment

Chernobyl 30 years later – In Pictures

Life at Chernobyl after 30 years and the radiation continues as nature reclaims the land and creatures adapt.

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Gardening

Gardening in the Merry Month of May

The month of May is a time when the weather can either turn your garden into an Eden, or a wasteland. Be aware of the weather forecasts, trends and warnings.

Hardiness zone maps are based on past years averages, and can’t predict a freak frost or snowstorm, or a prolonged spring drought. If a frost or cold weather is in the forecast, protect your tender plants with a mulch, newspapers, light cloth or some type of overnight protection or a frost cap made with a roll of poly film tented over the plants. Be sure to remove the plastic tent as soon as the danger of frost is over or your plants will bake in the sun.

If the weather is sunny and dry, don’t neglect your watering! Most flowers and shrubs need about an inch of water each week to perform well, and newly planted seedlings especially, will perish if their roots are allowed to dry out. May is also a time of gardening inspirations and dreams.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Safe Mosquito & Fly Repellant for Dogs & Cats

Furry hair coats help somewhat, but dogs and cats get bitten by mosquitoes, flies and other insects just like we do. Biting insects are not only bothersome; they may transmit deadly diseases such as heartworm and West Nile Virus. DEET and other human insect repellents should not be applied to dogs or cats. This chemical is toxic when ingested at high doses, and dogs and cats may lick it off and ingest it, potentially resulting in a toxicity.

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Stargazing

The largest thing out in space

Think big. Really big. Like, cosmic big. How big can things in the Universe get? Is a galaxy big? What about a supercluster? What is the biggest thing in the Universe?

Our observable Universe is a sphere 96 billion light-years across, and the entire Universe might be infinite in size. Which is a hoarders dream walk-in closet space stuffed full of “things”. It’s loaded down with so much stuff, we’ve even given up naming things individually and now just spew out a list of letters and numbers to try and keep track of it all.

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Sure to make you Smile

Who is Lottie’s “best friend?”

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