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Did You Hear?

THAT…Iguanas are falling out of their trees in Florida?

Floridians keeping their heads down as they huddle away from frigid temperatures might just want to look up every once in a while – for falling iguanas.

Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino shared a firsthand experience with such a critter, posting a photo on Twitter of a belly-up green iguana that he came across on his property.


Good News

Hairless Bear Cub making great recovery

The California black bear cub, estimated to be approximately one-year-old, was suffering from serious mange and had lost most of her fur when she originally arrived at the animal rescue group Bear League.

One week later, volunteers from California Department of Fish and Wildlife Services transported the bear to the licensed bear facility where she continues to recover.


In the News

Baa Baa Land: A Slow Motion Movie

Most people involved with a film would feel sheepish to learn people fell asleep during it. But when the only stars of your film are actual sheep, that’s exactly what you have in mind.


Picture of the Week

How about this for cold! The temperature in the coldest city in Russia dropped to -80 degrees where eyelashes froze within moments of being exposed to the environment in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Ask Susi

. QUESTION: 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.


Susi’s Weekly Column

Most Holy Mother

~by Susi Pittman

Have you never felt the power of a peaceful presence that defies explanation? Then you must draw near to Mary in your prayers.


Catholic Journeyman

The True Foundation

~by Louis Templeman

Are you actively participating in building the kingdom of God here on earth?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nature Makes Do–Well Sometimes

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Wildlife does, quite often, finds alternatives to the natural features that it has lost to the human animal. Usually with surprising success.


Weekly Commentary

The Dangerous Supreme Court Case NOBODY is Talking About

~by David French

Late yesterday afternoon, I filed an amicus brief in one of the most dangerous free-speech cases in a generation. For the second time this term, the Supreme Court is considering whether the government can compel Americans to express or support ideas they find repugnant. The first case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, was the talk of the nation. This case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, has almost entirely escaped public attention.


Catholic Writers

Joyce Rupp

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, and Fragments of Your Ancient Name. Fly While You Still Have Wings is among her publications earning an award in the spirituality books category from the Catholic Press Association. Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community and the codirector of the Institute of Compassionate Presence. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Recommended Reads

Praying Our Goodbyes

~by Joyce Rupp

With 250,000 copies sold, this new edition of Joyce Rupp’s most popular book offers a fresh opportunity for readers to reflect, ritualize, and reorient themselves as they navigate life’s inevitable changes.

Everyone has unique goodbyes—times of losing someone or something that has given life meaning and value. With the touch of a poet, Joyce Rupp offers her wisdom on “these experiences of leaving behind and moving on, the stories of union and separation that are written in all our hearts.” Praying Our Goodbyes, Rupp says, is about the spirituality of change.

It is a book for anyone who has experienced loss, whether a job change, the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, a financial struggle, a mid-life crisis, or an extended illness. It is designed to help readers reflect, ritualize, and re-orient themselves—to help heal the hurts caused by goodbyes and the anxieties encountered when one season of life ends and another begins.


Quote of the Week

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

Catholic Saints

Saint Agnes

Geology & Archaeology


Can Gemstones Really Come from Space?

Rocks that fall from the sky have frightened and fascinated people throughout history. They immediately generate curiosity and have a scientific significance. They are made of extremely rare materials that interest scientists, collectors, and curious people alike.



Jet stream changes since the 1960’s

Increased fluctuations in the path of the North Atlantic jet stream since the 1960s coincide with more extreme weather events in Europe such as heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, reports a University of Arizona-led team.

The research is the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century. By studying tree rings from trees in the British Isles and the northeastern Mediterranean, the team teased out those regions’ late summer weather going back almost 300 years – to 1725.


Global Weather

Australian heatwave has bats falling from the skies

The heatwave gripping Australia is so hot bats are “boiling” in the sky, with reports the flying foxes are dropping dead. “It affects their brain — their brain just fries and they become incoherent.” A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: “The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking.



About half of new U.S. power came from renewables last year

About half of the new utility-scale power on the U.S. grid last year came from renewables and most of that was in the fourth quarter, the government said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said its data combing so far shows 25 gigawatts of new electricity was added to the grid last year, with about half of that coming from renewable energy resources like wind and solar.



Dolphin diet study gives conservation clues

Wild dolphins need up to 33,000 calories a day, researchers have found – equivalent to about 60 portions of salmon. In contrast, Olympic swimmers – who are smaller and less active – burn about 12,000 calories a day during training. Studying the metabolic rates of whales and dolphins is important for their conservation, say scientists.



Cannabis farms harming the environment

According to state estimates, there are up to 50,000 marijuana farms in California, accounting for over 90 per cent of all illegal US cannabis farming. Though the state has just legalised the drug for recreational use, only around 16,000 farmers are expected to seek licences to grow it legally.


God’s Green Earth

All God’s Creatures Love the Snow

Farm News

A Noble Vocation: Integrating Faith, Food & the Environment

The Catholic Rural Life is hosting a national conference, A Noble Vocation: Integrating Faith, Food and the Environment, as a platform for presentations and panel discussions on the themes presented in the Vocation of the Agricultural Leader, as well as a center for discussion amongst the many types of people in attendance from all over the country who are interested in the topic.


Steward Alerts

Pope to make visit to Chile & Peru

A top papal aide said on Thursday that Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to Chile and Peru next week would not be “simple,” in what may qualify as an early candidate for the understatement of 2018.

Among many other challenges awaiting the pontiff, he’ll have to face the fallout of sexual abuse scandals in both traditionally Catholic nations that have divided and demoralized the rank and file, stained the Church’s public image, and even brought criticism of Francis himself for the way he’s responded.


Steward Activities

SAMSON: A Movie Review

Premiering nationwide Feb. 16, SAMSON is based on the powerful, biblical epic of a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel. His supernatural strength and impulsive decisions quickly pit him against the oppressive Philistine empire. After being betrayed by a wicked prince and a beautiful temptress, Samson is captured and blinded by his enemies. Samson calls upon his God once more for supernatural strength and turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.


A Song Before The Lord

Dominus Illuminatio Mea


“Rock-On” Garden

Inspired by the curious flora that grows in the dry, stony and weather-beaten universe of mountains, gardeners a century ago became gripped by a mania to build rock gardens. The craze passed. Joseph Tychonievich is a young horticulturist and rock garden devotee in Michigan who says we are due for another moment of alpine mania. His contemporary pitch: Once built, rock gardens are inherently low maintenance, and diminutive versions can be squeezed into small urban gardens. And this “classic design is coming back into style”, he writes in his new book, Rock Gardening.


Wellness & Nutrition

Sleeping With the Seasons: How the weather affects your sleep

Have you ever noticed that different times of year or certain weather patterns influence how you feel or how well you sleep?

Though many aspects of achieving good sleep are under our control, one often-overlooked factor is the outside environment. Changes to temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity and precipitation influence us in many ways, both positive and negative.

When it comes to sleep, learning about the weather’s influence can be helpful for preparing for and mitigating slumber-stealing situations.



Solar Terrestrial Activity Report

The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet on January 17-18. Quiet to minor storm conditions are likely on January 19-21 due to effects from CH848. The geomagnetic field was quiet on January 16. Solar wind speed at SOHO ranged between 329 and 429 km/s.



~Learning the difference between the Aflack Duck and a goose the hard way~


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