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Do All Dogs Go To Heaven?

The Catholic answer might surprise you. The standard assumption is that no, animals don’t have eternal souls, they are here for us on earth, and they don’t go to heaven. Is that the official Catholic teaching, though?   In the book, Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know! author Susi Pittman explores the possibilities. Susi is an animal lover extraordinaire, but she is first and foremost a Catholic. The book Animals in Heaven? is both animal-loving and God-loving in a way that recognizes the hierarchy of nature. All animals were created according to God’s own unique design and are hardwired differently in their relationship with the Creator than is humankind….


The Good News

Dogs 4 Diabetics

Dogs for Diabetics (D4D) is the seminal organization to research, train and place Medical Assistance Diabetic Alert Dogs with insulin-dependent diabetics to assist them in managing their insulin therapy. Its dogs are scent-trained to recognize the chemical changes in blood sugar in order to provide an alert prior to the onset of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a debilitating condition that is a side-effect of insulin therapy.

D4D traces its roots back to 1999, when its founder, Mark Ruefenacht, a Type I diabetic, had a pivotal experience with Benton, a guide dog puppy in training. While traveling on business to New York City, Mark had a serious problem with hypoglycemia. The dog aggressively aroused him from an incoherent state, and caused him to recognize his condition and treat it before he was completely incapacitated. This incident led Mark to explore the idea that assistance dogs could be trained to use their phenomenal sense of smell to detect and alert on hypoglycemic episodes in diabetics.


In the News

First Giant Squid filmed in its natural habitat

The GIANT squid is an amazing and mysterious creature.  They are the largest invertebrate that we know about.  The largest discovered was 59 feet long!  They also have the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, reaching 10 inches in diameter.  The wildest part is that they have never been observed in their natural habitat…until recently.  The only previous observations have been specimens caught in fisherman lines or washed up on shore. The ocean deep is a difficult place to explore – pitch dark, incredible pressure, and untouched.


Picture of the Week

The Arctic wolf, also known as the Melville Island wolf is a possible subspecies of gray wolf native to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, from Melville Island to Ellesmere Island.

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

Not everyone knows the gift of safe, clean water. 740 million people in the world today long for this basic necessity of life. What can YOU do to help?


Catholic Journeyman

Saint Joseph, Then and Now; A Simple Man and Now Exalted  10 of 10

~by Louis Templeman

This is the 10th and final installment of an amazing 10-week presentation on the life of Saint Joseph. Louis has given us a true meditation on the human soul that God chose to be the foster father of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. All 10 parts are available on Lou’s page this week!


A Poet’s Voice

Her Prayers

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

We are children of a Creator/God, who loves us and loves when we  converse with him.


Book of the Month~January

The Cat that God Sent, a novel by Jim Kraus.

~A Review by Michele Gregoire

Struggling with your faith? God just may send you a stray cat.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Dinner on Planet Earth

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The cycle of life in the wild world, though harsh, is still amazing in its natural order and its ability to perpetuate life and renew the Earth.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Record temperatures in January both high and low leave confusion

While the polar vortex brought a big chill to the eastern half of the country, a resilient ridge of high pressure brought warm, dry weather to most states west of the Rockies including Alaska. In the wake of both, records have been broken and the pattern looks to continue into the first half of February.


Weekly Commentary

Nature writing resurges despite dictionary cull

As authors protest nature-related words being cut from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, a new breed of writers and publications are using language, and new perspectives, to reinvigorate our relationship with the natural world. From the Romantic poets who considered writing a “reconciler of nature and man” to the great American authors Leopold, Thoreau and Emerson, the popularity of what is loosely called nature writing has ebbed and flowed through modern history. But now, with publications such as EarthLines, seemingly inevitable ecological collapse has prompted a surge of renewed interest in the field.


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Geology and Archaeology

12 States Have Reports of Mysterious Booms

Once again, mysterious loud booms and shaking are back, if in fact they ever left. Why are these so-called “mysterious loud booms” being heard so often around the world? Maybe, not so mysterious after all, just major earth changes rattling the planet.  Check out this latest map of recent January rumblings and booms in the U.S. as the cause remains unknown.


Discovering Catholic Writers


Patti Maguire Armstrong and her husband Mark have ten children. She is a speaker and author of 10 books, was managing editor and co-author of Ascension Press’s “Amazing Grace” series, published over 600 articles, appeared on EWTN Bookmark program, EWTN LIve, and Catholic TV as well as radio stations across the country. She is also winner of the 2011 Reader’s Choice award.  Her latest books Big Hearted Families, (Scepter Publishers) and  children’s book, Dear God I don’t get it (Liguori Publications) is so true to life and inspirational.
Patti has a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in public administration. Writing began as a hobby while raising children. After giving her gift of writing back to God, Patti went from writing for gossip tabloids to authoring Catholic books.

Catch all Patti’s books HERE…

Quote of the Week

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Frances de Sales

Before Cardinal Bergoglio became Pope Francis he spoke to the beauty of dear Saint Frances de Sales


U.S. Senate says climate change real, but not our fault

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories. This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.


Looking for Sustainability

China’s Deforestation threatens species richness in streams

With a population of 1.3 billion, China is under immense pressure to convert suitable areas into arable land in order to ensure a continued food supply for its people. Accordingly, China is among the top countries in the world in terms of the extent and intensity of land use change. As shown in a new study by a team of scientists led by Dr. Britta Schmalz (Kiel University), in cooperation with Dr. Mathias Kuemmerlen, LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) and Dr. Sonja Jähnig, Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), deforestation may change the water surface runoff conditions, leading to a negative impact on the occurrence of microorganisms in rivers and streams.


God’s Green Earth

Bamboo under the moonlight

Farm News

Aqua Spark: Cleaner. greener fish farming

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world’s seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute. The business opportunity here is tremendous. Thousands of operations around the world now produce huge numbers of salmon, shrimp, mussels, tilapia and catfish, to name a few fish species that thrive on farms.


Steward Alerts

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

By our baptism, Catholics are committed to following Jesus Christ and to be “salt for the earth, light for the nations.” As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This is inherent in the dignity of the human person … As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life”


Steward Activities

New Year Ideas for Catholic Moms

How do we decide what we really need and what we want? Not all wants are bad… we are spiritual creatures who desire beauty and joy and other intangibles to thrive. What is bad is excessive wants and excessive indulgences.


Environmental Education

Where does the U.S. rank on energy efficiency on the global scale?

Overall dismal report shows the U.S. outperformed only three of the world’s largest economies on energy efficiency—Russia, Brazil and Mexico. Germany leads the world in harnessing the benefits of energy efficiency, followed by Italy, the European Union, China and France, according to a new ranking of the world’s 16 largest economies. The United States was near the bottom, placing 13th.


Youth Stewardship

The Big Blue & You

The Big Blue & You is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to inspiring and educating youth about marine conservation through arts and media.

Michelle Swaby-Smith has owned and operated a successful Florida based firm that specializes in product and event promotions, event planning, meeting planning, show management, show production, street team promotions, as well as artist management. She has served the Florida market for over 12 years and has gained a reputation of excellence. A passionate science educator, Danni Washington is a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.Sc. degree in Marine Science/Biology. Experienced on-camera personality with Untamed Science and most recently, Ocean GEMS, a multimedia series and outreach program connecting teen girls to female marine scientists to inspire investigation of ocean science adventures and careers.



9 Winter Plants that dazzle even in snow

Tired of staring at leafless trees and patches of snow in your yard each winter? We’ve chosen nine great plants that add greenery, cool shapes, and will even blossom outside your window in the heart of winter. Hardy across many zones, these plants make terrific additions to your garden plans.


Wellness & Nutrition

The FLU Near You

Flu Near You is a community-driven flu tracking site that provides real-time tracking.



Ask an Astrobiologist

This official Web site for the NASA Astrobiology Program is intended to provide all interested people – including researchers, government officials, policy makers, teachers, students, and citizens – accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information on Program activities, accomplishments, and plans and the institutions, organizations, and people involved in the astrobiology enterprise worldwide.



Ever wonder what they’re really thinking when you return home?

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