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BLESSINGS UPON YOUR LENTEN JOURNEY!
Lord, during this Lenten Season, nourish me with Your Word of life and make me one with You in love and prayer. Amen.
The Good News
CASTOFF PET RESCUE
We love recommending shelters that are making a difference!
The mission of Castoff Pet Rescue is to save and nurture homeless dogs and cats; to match companion animals with loving, life-long homes; to foster responsible pet care; to control overpopulation in our community through spay/neuter programs; and to assist other shelters and rescue groups in any endeavor to benefit the animals.
We believe that the same kindness, compassion, and generosity we extend to our two-legged neighbors should be given to our four-legged friends because they are not able to speak for themselves.
Operating as a 501(C)(3) organization and licensed by the state of Georgia Department of Agriculture, we serve Towns and Union Counties in Georgia, Clay and Cherokee Counties in North Carolina, and wherever the need arises.
In the News
Imagine if you could know what your dog was thinking?
Now you can!
What if your dog could greet you with more than a growl, or announce the reason he’s scratching at the door?
It sounds absurd and much like the storyline from the Pixar film, “Up,” but Scandinavian scientists are working to develop a headset that could soon allow your furry best friend to speak his mind.
The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery is the brains behind “No More Woof” — technology that aims to distinguish canine thought patterns and then issue them as short sentences via a microphone.
HOW LANDOWNERS CAN HELP SAVE WILDLIFE
The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) is an organization that helps landowners protect the wildlife roaming their land.
The trust helps by setting up a sanctuary so the land cannot be sold to individuals or companies that would destroy the property and the habitat of local wildlife.
“The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust celebrates and protects wild animals by creating permanent sanctuaries, preserving and enhancing natural habitat and confronting cruelty,” according to the program’s website.
Photo of the Week
New life! The white-tail deer is a medium-sized deer native to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America as far south as Peru. It has also been introduced to New Zealand and some countries in Europe, such as Finland, the Czech Republic, and Serbia.
The Shroud of Turin
Joseph Kaiser wrote for this website for over two years before his return to eternal reward with God. He created a 7-week Lenten study on the Shroud of Turin, one that we take great honor in presenting each year, may you rest in peace dear Joe.
This Lenten series will present what is known, and what can be presumed about the Shroud from tantalizing bits of Church history. Joseph traces the location of the Shroud during the almost 2000 years since St. Peter discovered it in the tomb
CLICK HERE to read Week One.
What does Sacred Scripture actually tell us about the creation of the world, and was man’s creation somehow different in some way?
The Founder’s Pen
Pope Benedict XVI & The Cats of Rome
~by Susi Pittman
Pope Benedict XVI has been a lover of cats. The cats of Rome will never know another like him. Susi brings some delightful insights into the background of his love of felines.
In the Key of “G”
Fasting With Laughter
~by Mary Galvano-Bajohr
Spoon-feeding the Soul
~by Louis Templeman
You have moments of anxiety, you are anxious, and negative thoughts fill your mind…what could possibly help at that particular moment?
February’s Recommended Read
~by Michele Gregoire
Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order, by Bob Tarte.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time to LAUGH and a time to cry. Well this month, Michele has a book review for you that will encourage you to run out and buy the book to get in on your share of the laughter!
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
One of the most beautiful accessories to anyone’s garden is a “living” one and it comes in a multitude of beautiful colors and sizes. Virginia wants to talk Butterflies and how to keep these lovely accessories at home in your garden.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
How Lent Can Make A Difference In Your Relationship With God
—by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts
Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are you giving up for Lent?” my friends would ask. “Homework,” I’d say with a smirk, or “Obeying my parents.” Lent was one of those peculiar practices demanded of Roman Catholics – another great reason to be Protestant, I figured. It never even occurred to me that Lent was something I might actually be interested in, or benefit from, or decide to keep, or come to value as a way of getting to know God better.
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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.
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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.
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Geology and Earthquakes
Global Subduction Zones and Areas of Highest Risk
A new map of the world’s subduction zones offers clues to the likelihood of a major earthquake occurring by illustrating which regions are capable of generating giant earthquakes and which are not.
The largest earthquakes in the world occur along subduction zones, the meeting point of two tectonic plants where one subducts (or sinks) beneath the other. The magnitude 9.2 earthquake in December 2004 is one of the strongest quakes in recent history. It occurred along a subduction zone off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in 14 countries.
Discovering Catholic Writers
KAREN CONGENI—Children’s Books
Karen Congeni grew up in a family of eleven children. She is a former elementary school teacher and registered nurse. She is a lifelong Catholic. She lives in Ohio with her husband and six children. We Have A Pope! is her first book with more planned. Her great love for children and her Faith inspired her to write this book.
This full-color, photo-illustrated, nonfiction story traces the papacy from its biblical beginnings to the present. From the handing of the keys, to the election of a new pope, from the rock on which the Church is built, to the Popemobile, the Ring of the Fisherman, and the Swiss Guard, it presents the history and splendor of the papacy in simple, easy-to-understand language. Includes a glossary of terms and list of popes from St. Peter to Pope Benedict. Catholic Writers’ Guild Seal of Approval. Imprimatur. Ages 4-8. 8 x 9 hardcover with dust jacket.
Quote of the Week
Discovering Our Saints
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Art of Life
ROBERT ABELE III—Cape Cod Artist
Robert Abele was born in Bronxville, NY in 1969. He has spent his life making images of the New England landscape. His paintings are done from life, plein air, in the tradition of Corot and Monet. Responding to the changing effects of light and atmosphere, using an economy of brushstroke capturing quick nuances and shifts in line and color. Robert studied art in New York at the School of Visual Arts & The Art Students League , graduating in 1993 with a B.F.A. in fine art. John Ruggeri, Juan Gonzalez and James McMullan were only a few of the professors that affected Robert’s early development as an artist at SVA. Robert’s work has appeared in the New York Times and The Washington Post. Many of Robert’s works have won national awards, often regarded as a painter’s painter.
Robert is inspired to paint what he calls a vanishing history of America’s past. This on going life’s passion to preserve the gentle New England coast is his muse as his dialog with this subject matter will continue to challenge him visually.
Looking for Sustainability
Bob Vila Talks About GREEN Home Building
Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, BobVila.com – a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.
God’s Green Earth
So God Made a Dog
CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL ANGERS FARMERS
Chipotle Mexican Grill has angered some farm groups by producing a satirical television series that criticizes industrial farming practices. Farmers say its portrayal of farming is misleading.
Since its founding more than two decades ago, the Denver-based Chipotle has not masked its opposition to huge industrial farms while at the same time going to great lengths to promote its support of sustainable agriculture.
Iowa farmers and agricultural groups said the comedy series portrays an unrealistic picture of what farmers do.
Larry Sailer, a 61-year old Iowa Falls grain farmer who also manages another operation with 4,000 pigs about 20 miles away, said farmers have significantly reduced the use of antibiotics and many raise animals indoors rather than outside because it is safer for the animals. While Sailer supports niche markets in farming such as organic, he objects to Chipotle’s bullying tactics “that pick on someone and knock them down” to stoke demand for their products.
PARISH BOOK CLUBS
“Meeting people where they are in their faith journey by offering accessible books that are in line with Catholic teaching.”
Parish Book Clubs was created to be a resource for any individual or parish that wants to start a Catholic book club or needs additional resources to enhance an existing book club. Catholic books are featured and additional resources such as questions for discussion and helpful links are provided for each book. Books are in line with Catholic teaching and are accessible to people of all reading levels as well as different stages in spiritual development. From the parishioner who is “on fire with the Holy Spirit” to the weekly church attending Catholic to the person who has fallen away from the church who is seeking “something” – all will find inspiration and opportunities for education through spiritual reading.
Join Verbum Catholic Bible Software for a Lenten Journey
Verbum is an immense and intuitive Catholic library that makes it easier than ever before to delve into Scripture and Tradition. Simply enter a verse or topic and press go, and Verbum will present you with the most meaningful and relevant results from Scripture, the Catechism, Church Fathers, and other key texts from the Tradition.
LENTEN READING: The Gargoyle Code
~By Father Dwight Longnecker
Father Dwight Longenecker published a book in 2009 titled, The Gargoyle Code: which focuses on Luciferian letters for Lent.
Written in the style of C.S. Lewis’ classic Screwtape Letters, there is a letter for every day in Lent. It is a book that will most certainly make your Lenten journey one of unique reflections and meditations! Highly recommended!
The Gargoyle Code is a collection of correspondence between Senior devil Slubgrip and trainee devil Dogwart. The letters instruct Dogwart how to tempt his young Catholic victim, err, I mean patient.
Meanwhile Slubgrip has to keep an eye on his own Catholic patient all the time watching his back because the other devils are plotting his downfall.
Gargoyle Code provides a hilarious and sobering journey through Lent for serious Catholics who are not always so serious.
Purchase the book HERE.
National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of climate and historical weather data and information
NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), located in Asheville, North Carolina, maintains the world’s largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatology data to centuries-old journals to data less than an hour old. The Center’s mission is to preserve these data and make them available to the public, business, industry, government, and researchers.
11-year-old Boy Stops Traffic to Save Injured Dog
This story appeared a while ago, but, it is still worth remembering that our children have a conscience about good stewardship of the creatures that God has gifted us with and keeping their connection to our extended family of creation.
Wellness & Nutrition
PET HEALTH: Advances in Veterinary Medicine
Does your pet need specialized treatment that isn’t offered at your local vet’s office? If so, consider consulting a veterinary specialist about your pet’s needs.
Vet specialists typically work in university settings or specialty practices, so be prepared to travel if your pet needs advanced treatment. Here are just a few “wow” techniques now available to our cats and dogs. Most are available only in university settings or specialty practices. Ask your veterinarian if these or other procedures might have special benefit for your fur kid
Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring From the Land Steward
Spring at last… almost! The official first day of spring is March 21, but in many parts of the country, it is beginning to feel like spring is already in the air.
For some reason, outdoor jobs that must be done in the spring become enjoyable activities while they’re simply chores at other times of the year. Perhaps it is the anticipation of a new season about to begin and visions of colorful, fragrant blooms that are soon to appear.
So let’s get outside and see what we can do.
Construction of Giant Telescope in Hawaii Slated for This Summer
Construction of a massive telescope triple the size of the world’s largest current optical telescopes is set to begin on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano this year.
The Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT), which will consist of interlocking, segmented mirrors with a diameter totaling 30 meters (98 feet), has raised 83 percent of its funding, and builders could break ground by this summer.
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