The Good News


North London-based charity Wildlife SOS stepped in to save Raju from dying in his bonds after learning of his plight in India.

Every day, the majestic animal was forced to hold out his trunk and beg for a few coins from passers-by – surviving only on plastic and paper for food.

Llast week, a 10-strong team of vets and wildlife experts from the charity were joined by 20 forestry department officers and six policemen to seize Raju from his suffering in the Uttar Pradesh area of India.The mission took place under the cover of darkness, as fewer people would be around for the dangerous rescue and the animal could be protected from the searing heat of the sun.

Pooja Binepal, the charity’s UK spokesman, described the rescue as ‘incredibly emotional’ for the team.

‘The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue. It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realised he was being freed.

‘Elephants are not only majestic, but they are highly intelligent animals, who have been proven to have feelings of grief, so we can only imagine what torture half a century has been like for him.

‘Until we stepped in he’d never known what it is like to walk free of his shackles – it’s a truly pitiful case.

‘But today he knows what freedom is and he will learn what kindness feels like and what it’s like to not suffer any more.’

The elephant who cried tears when he was released after being held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years has begun his new life with his adoptive family.

Raju the elephant was introduced to Phoolkali, the first member of his new friends on Wednesday after being released on July 4 in a midnight mission by charity Wildlife SOS.

Raju’s female friend Phoolkali is also a rescued elephant and was saved two years ago after she was found starving in a deserted windowless warehouse.

Now fit and healthy, Phoolkali insisted on sharing her evening snack with Raju upon his arrival. And Raju happily feasted on mangoes, jackfruit, bananas and biscuits.


In the News

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles

Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles is a non profit 501(c)3, no kill rescue committed to saving all types of German Shepherd Dogs from high kill shelters and adopting them to loving, qualified homes.



THANKS TO ALL WHO SIGNED THE PETITION: Mariah is now in America and reunited with her U.S. Marine buddy

CWD Mariah is a specialized Improvised Detection Dog who helped detect explosives with Peña in Afghanistan. It is estimated that each military dog saves approximately 150 to 200 military service member lives.

Coping with the scars of war, Peña said he missed his “battle buddy” and it affected him deeply.


Picture of the Week

Lenticular Cloud over Klyuchevskaya Sopka Mountain, Russia which is a stratovolcano, the highest active volcano of Eurasia. Its steep, symmetrical cone towers about 100 kilometres from the Bering Sea. (By Denis Budkov)

Ask Susi

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

We Are Creation Strong!

~by Susi Pittman

Words define our world and our existence. Their use and how and where they are used are important. Consider creation, a word that by any other word would not ring in truth.


Catholic Journeyman

PART 1: I Phoned my Oldest Daughter Today

~by Louis Templeman

Part 1 of a two part presentation by Louis shares his deeply spiritual journey with Mary, Our Blessed Mother.


A Poet’s Voice

About Rainbows

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

There is spiritual joy upon moving from the storms of our life into the rainbows of hope.


Book of the Month


~by Rudyard Kipling

Here is a summer read for you and the kids! A great classic that will have even the “bored” child on the edge of his seat. When a young Indian mongoose is rescued and befriended by a small boy and his parents, he begins a new life-and-death struggle to protect his newly adopted family from the deadly cobras that live in the gardens surrounding the family’s home-cobras that want the people to leave…forever. A courageous mongoose thwarts the evil plans of Nag and Nagaina, two big black cobras who live in the garden.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Bug Comes to Visit

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Ginny is a secular Franciscan and has a column for you this month so true to her calling. Come and join Ginny and Bug.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Freak Hailstorm Hits Beach Goers in Siberia

Bathers on a beach in Novosibirsk in Russia’s Siberia region are caught by surprise by a hailstorm following a sharp drop in temperature. Mobile phone footage shows people running out of the water to seek cover from the large hailstones, protecting themselves under umbrellas and trees.


Weekly Commentary


Affiliate Shopping

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.

Mystic Monk Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster operated by the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming through an online gourmet coffee bean store. Many consider their website the ultimate source for gourmet coffee where it is easy to buy coffee online. The monks carefully craft each freshly roasted coffee to perfection for dark roast coffees, espresso, ground coffees, whole bean coffees, single origin coffees, fair trade coffees, flavored coffees and especially the monks’ special gourmet coffee blends. Try our special auto delivered coffee subscriptions also for the best coffee online.

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Organic herbs, spices, teas and oils.

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.




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.


Geology and Archaeology

The Colosseum in the Middle Ages

Excavations beneath the arched entrances to the Colosseum revealed late medieval dwellings says excavating group.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Nancy Murray

I am a native Floridian, a Southerner who grew up without brothers or sisters. As an “only child,” (a state that should be illegal), I spent multi-trillion hours reading. Books and characters became well-known friends. Growing up in the South before the age of technology, I’ve been touched by my environment and culture. However, being a city gal with a country heart, I live in a log cabin with a huge yellow lab, O’ Sheen and an orange cat, Lil Jude. I like to share what stories I have hoping they will live for others.

One cherished book from my childhood is J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. I remember Peter, standing on a rock surrounded by swirling angry waters facing certain death. Bravely, he cried to the heavens, “What an adventure death will be!” And I say what an adventure life can be. I find life fully exciting, often baffling and terribly curious, but a great adventure, nonetheless. So let’s write about it, in truth and in fancy. Did not William Blake proclaim, “The imagination is not a state, it is the human existence itself.”

Nancy’s award winning book for young people The Night the Elephants Cried is a work of fiction inspired by actual events. The story is anchored in the scientific discovery that elephants are able to detect seismic activity in advance of human awareness. Thailand’s revered elephants rescued a number of adults and children in the Indian Ocean tsunami catastrophe.

The Night the Elephants Cried

“The Night the Elephants Cried”, a Y/A novel by Nancy H. Murray, author of “Gullah , the Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina”. This new book is dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Tsunami, and tells the story of love and friendship in the worst of all situations.

Quote of the Week

We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.
~Graydon Carter~

Discovering Our Saints

Saint Vincent de Paul

Art of Life

Gregory Colbert

Photographer/filmmaker Gregory Colbert Colbert was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1960. He began his career in Paris in 1983 making documentary films on social issues and is the creator of the exhibition Ashes and Snow, an immersive experience of nature that combines photographic artworks, films, and soundscapes, housed in a purpose-built traveling structure called the Nomadic Museum. To date, Ashes and Snow has attracted over 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history.

An article by Alan Riding in The New York Times, stated, The power of the images comes less from their formal beauty than from the way they envelop the viewer in their mood. . . .They are simply windows to a world in which silence and patience govern time. Ashes and Snow has been described as “extraordinary” by the Economist, and “distinctive . . . monumental in every sense” by the Wall Street Journal. Stern magazine described the photographs as “fascinating,” and Vanity Fair named Gregory Colbert in its “Best of the Best.”


Looking for Sustainability

Sustainable Seafood—So Much More Healthier

Navigating the mind-boggling maze of fish eating is so complicated that many a conscientious fish eater throw up their hands in defeat. Determining which options are sustainable (a status that shifts with time and depends on a number of variables) and from there figuring out which species offer the least amount of mercury, PCBs and dioxins is a task beyond the bandwidth of most people facing the fish counter. Some markets, like Whole Foods, have stopped the sale of unsustainable fish, but that still leaves matters of toxins a mystery.


God’s Green Earth

Creation Strong

Farm News


American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.  As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, we’re focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes.


Steward Alerts

Catholic Retreat Centers Around the U.S.

Most of us have been busy with job, family and vacations this summer. Why not treat yourself to some private time in Christian meditation and prayer. There are Catholic retreat centers throughtout the United States that offer a place to do just that. Do you prefer activities or do you prefer a silent retreat? Find your retreat HERE.

Steward Activities


Catholic Cuisine was founded by Jessica from Shower of Roses, in 2008, after noticing the need for an online source for finding and sharing “Recipes for Celebrating the Feasts and Seasons of the Liturgical Year.”

Mealtime provides the perfect opportunity for observing these different seasons and feasts of the Catholic Church in our homes, the “Domestic Church.”  We are all, especially us moms, cooking and baking every day, why not sanctify these mealtimes and teach our children even more about our beautiful faith at the same time?

Jessica has asked a number of other inspiring Catholic mothers and bloggers to contribute here, and welcomes readers to submit recipes as well, ultimately creating this wonderful collection of “Catholic Cuisine.”


Environmental Education

Glaciers and What They Swallow and Preserve

Glaciers are widely known for swallowing and preserving a wide variety of things, from jewels to people.


Youth Stewardship


Picture every person you know working to protect biodiversity. Picture all of these people acknowledging the impacts of their small, daily actions. Picture our planet thriving because a new generation of leaders is mindful about its health. At Earth Rangers we imagine this every day. We believe children can make it a reality.

We all get busy and forget how our daily actions affect the world around us. We forget that, while important, we’re just one part of a huge ecosystem. Children don’t – they’re passionate about protecting life on earth. When they learn how their behaviors can help, they don’t ignore them, they act. Earth Rangers provides children with the opportunity to protect animals, to improve the environment and to make a difference. We are the Kids’ Conservation Organization.



Plan a Late Summer Garden

So much emphasis is given every year to getting the garden in throughout the spring and early summer – that sometimes we forget that many crops can be planted again in the late summer.

Almost all of the crops that do well in the cooler seasons of early spring and summer can once again thrive in late summer and fall – giving you a chance to enjoy even more fresh veggies before the proverbial snow starts to fly.


Wellness & Nutrition

Butternut Squash Is The New Sweet Potato

~by Kristen Boucher

My summer CSA share from The Silverbrook Farm ended recently. It was a sad day. After receiving 14 weeks of amazing, healthy, farm-fresh, and LOCAL produce every Wednesday afternoon like clockwork, it came to end. I tried to prepare myself, but I cannot tell a lie, the separation hasn’t been easy. Fortunately, enrollment is already starting for 2014, so like any CSA groupie does, I’ve got June, 2014 plugged into my calendar. Wait, CSA groupies don’t exist? I’ve got to get out more.



A Stunning Image of Our Home Star

Active regions 2108 and 2109 are now passing around the limb of the Sun, but not before solar photography specialist Alan Friedman grabbed a few pictures of them on Friday!   The image above, captured by Alan from his location in Buffalo, NY, shows the two large sunspots nestled in a forest of solar spicules while a large detached prominence hovers several Earth-diameters inside the corona.


Weekly Smile



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