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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.
~ All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~
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Snooty Breaks Guinness World Record
Snooty is now the world’s oldest manatee living in captivity, the Guinness World Records recently announced. The sea cow was brought to South Florida Museum as an 11-month-old calf in 1949. Now 68 years old, Snooty has earned the world record title.
“We felt it was important to apply on Snooty’s behalf, because we wanted people to understand that manatees can live for a long time,” Marilyn Margold, director of living collections at South Florida Museum, said in a video for the Guinness World Records. “Taken proper care of, paying attention to their habitats, those things can help with their longevity. They are hearty animals overall.
In the News
Catholics and Halloween
When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday?
Picture of the Week
Forget the changing leaves and pumpkin-spiced everything. For bird enthusiasts, fall’s big event is spying birds as they pass through on migration. In North America, most bird species migrate to some extent, with more than 350 species traveling to the tropics each fall. At least 4,000 species of bird are regular migrants, which is about 40 percent of the total number of birds in the world.
Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?
A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.
Susi’s Weekly Column
Speaking of Saints & Souls
~by Susi Pittman
Most people feel that the holiday season begins around Thanksgiving. Not at my house! All Saints and All Souls begins my holiday family celebration, setting the tone for heightened joy in sharing the season ahead with family present and family passed.
A Contest of Suffering
~by Louis Templeman
If we are to follow Christ, we are to take up the cross. My cross is Parkinson’s and all its accompanying misery. I have learned that the “cross” in your life brings you to a crossroads.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
I Would Love
~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS
To love from afar is to experience both sorrow and joy, yet, sometimes we must.
Trigger Warnings: A Call for Frequent Prayer
Borrowing from C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Father Paul Scalia once wrote that the Devil can’t create. “The Devil is unable to create anything. He lacks the ability to create…. He can only take what is good and distort it a bit…. So the Devil takes the good things of God and he mimics them. He mocks them by imitating them.” The enemy’s instrumentalities of distortion and mockery frequently are well-intentioned people. Remember what pavement is on the road to hell.
Robert J Wicks
Popular Catholic author and speaker Robert J. Wicks has been helping people take greater stock of their lives for almost forty years. He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work, and has a consulting practice.
Wicks, a Queens, New York, native, received a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. John’s University and a doctorate in psychology from Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. He received honorary doctorates from Caldwell College and Georgian Court University, and in 2006, the first Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University. He is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Religious Values in Counseling. He has written more than fifty books. Wicks and his wife, Michaele, have a grown daughter and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
He has written more than fifty books, including No Problem, Streams of Contentment and bestseller Riding the Dragon. Wicks gives presentations throughout the world and in 1994 was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during the country’s genocide.
Wicks and his wife, Michaele, have a grown daughter and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Riding the Dragon – by Robert J. Wicks
With over 50,000 copies sold, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times has for a decade made itself an indispensable spiritual and psychological guide to readers experiencing seasons of adversity. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author with personal reflections and fresh perspective on today’s challenges.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
~ Abraham Lincoln ~
Discovering Catholic Saints
St. Simon & St. Jude
Geology & Archaeology
King Hezekiah’s Existence Confirmed
The Apostle Paul wrote, God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise.
That being the case, what better evidence of the Bible’s historical dependability than a 2,700-year-old toilet?
Archaeologists in Israel have announced the discovery of an ancient commode unearthed during excavation of the First Temple-era gate complex of the city of Lachish in the Judean foothills that they say confirms the Bible.
The current excavation completes work begun decades ago by British archaeologists. The Lachish city gate – the largest known in ancient Israel (80 feet by 80 feet), which is now completely exposed and preserved to a height of 13 feet – consisted of six chambers, three on either side, and the city’s main street that passed between them.
With Climate Change Grizzly Bears May Hibernate Less
Rocky Mountain hikers might need to start packing more bear spray: Climate change may reduce the time that grizzly bears spend in hibernation — leaving them more time to scare the crap out of any humans wandering in their territory.
Scientists aren’t really concerned about bear hibernation because of unwary hikers, of course. It’s because hibernation is an important time of year for a grizzly bear. By going into hibernation and suppressing their metabolisms, the bears can reduce the amount of energy they expend by some 85 percent and more easily get through months when food supplies are short and weather is bleak. Plus, this is when pregnant females give birth and start raising their young. Disrupt hibernation time and a bear is set for a bad — and potentially deadly — year.
WEATHER ON DEMAND: Making it rain is now global business
“Fire left,” instructs Pederson. Mistry flips a switch on the center console and deploys a flare on the left wing. “Fire right.” There are 24 cylinders resembling sticks of dynamite wired to racks on the plane’s wings, 12 on each. The flares are filled with combustible sodium chloride—pulverized table salt mixed with a flammable potassium powder. When the switch is flipped, the end of the flare shoots orange fire and trillions of superfine salt particles are released into the cloud. Water molecules are attracted to salt, so they bond to the particles and coalesce into raindrops.
The Difference Between Sustainable, Eco & Green Tourism
Have you ever heard the term “green hotel”? How about “sustainable resort” or “eco-friendly tours”? The green travel market can be difficult to navigate with so many terms being thrown around. Businesses sometimes use these terms dishonestly in an effort to appeal to a growing movement of conscientious travelers without actually having any environmentally or socially responsible policies in place. Here, we hope to shed some light on what these terms really mean.
Why a radioactive wasteland has become a wildlife haven
Sometimes, something that seems terrible can actually turn out to be good, or at the very least have a silver lining. Take the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, one of only two category 7 nuclear disasters. The disaster spread radiation across Europe, causing livestock and people to get sick, and even resulting in an increased number of abortions as mothers feared that their babies would be born with deformities. Sounds horrible right? And in most ways the disaster was indeed tragic. The meltdown in Ukraine may ultimately turn out to be a good thing for the local wildlife, wildlife.
God’s Green Earth
Catholic Rural Life
Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside. Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America, strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, CRL is a membership-based organization, comprised of dedicated bishops, laity, and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural Church, rural people, and their communities.
While the issues that affect rural communities have changed over the decades, CRL‘s commitment to rural America has never wavered. Today, we advance our mission through three distinct but inter-related Areas of Impact:
What the Holy See Told the UN About Outer Space
When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities.
Taking Time For God
Are you struggling to fit God into your busy life? Then you’ve come to the right place.
A Song Before The Lord
For All The Saints
Trees need water now to battle winter weather
When the temperatures drop into the 40s and Jack Frost arrives, most folks no longer think about watering their gardens. Homeowners who depend on landscaping companies to care for their irrigation systems don’t have a choice as to when they are turned off for the winter. It’s not just a matter of turning a switch to shutting off the main valve, the water lines need to be drained or blown out using an air compressor. And, this all takes time so gardeners need to be plugged into a schedule so they are all taken care of before the ground freezes.
Wellness & Nutrition
Signs your dog or cat may have fall allergies
Autumn brings many delights: colorful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, a reprieve from the heat of summer. For pets with allergies, however, a change in season can also mean the onset of uncomfortable itching and skin infections. The idea that seasonal allergies are limited to springtime is a myth.
Hand of God Photographed by NASA telescope
Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.”
The cosmic “Hand of God” photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays.
“Up in the air junior birdmen”
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