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The season of embracing the Passion of Christ.

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Anyone who wants to help animals! Whether you work at a shelter, volunteer with a rescue group or just really love animals, the Best Friends National Conference is for you. And we have something for all levels; whether you’re just getting started or have worked in animal welfare for years. At the Best Friends National Conference, you’ll gain the knowledge, tools, and inspiration you need to help Save Them All in your own community.


The Good News

RED WING Horse Sanctuary–United Kingdom

Redwings is the UK’s largest horse sanctuary, caring for over 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day. Our work is funded solely by donations and with your help we can give these animals the best possible care so they can eventually be re-homed or enjoy a home for life at the Sanctuary. Redwings would like every horse, pony, donkey and mule in the UK to enjoy a good quality of life and our welfare team work in lots of different ways to help improve welfare for horses all over the country. As well as bringing more than 150 needy equines into the Sanctuary every year, we contribute to the welfare of hundreds more by sharing our knowledge and expertise.


In the News

Dog saves family from fire

A family of seven who was sleeping when a fire consumed their Southern California home says they escaped unscathed thanks to their barking dog.


Picture of the Week

The sunset conjunction of Venus and Mars occurred on February 21at. This stellar picture by Jean-Baptiste Feldmann was taken in Fussey France, making a spectacular scene.

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

I was talking yesterday with a friend who had just taken in a rescue dog, a beautiful 10-year-old German Shepherd, that someone had dumped off at the shelter. It made me think of how terrible a fate for a pet family member, when their age dictates that they are no longer wanted. And it made me think of my own experience in rescuing and taking in an old tomcat that I named Longfellow.


Catholic Journeyman

One real regretful morning

~by Louis Templeman

I know many of you have followed Louis’ wonderful column, finding inspiration and peace in the stories he has shared. Today, Louis is in for the fight of his life. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This is the fifth and final week of Louis sharing with us his early journey into his uncharted waters of dealing with the early onset and its spiritual and physical challenges. Some days can be better than others…this is one of those “others.”


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

The fragrant herb rosemary, whether groomed or left to grow naturally, Paula sees an analogy of her son.


Book of the Month

Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small, by Rita Mae Brown

~review by Michele Gregoire

A book for the true animal lover in all of us! Funny and heartwarming stories of real life animals who blessed the life of the author.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Earth in Harmony

~by Virginia Anson Rhys

There has been from the beginning, a perfect pattern, a perfect order powered by divine providence. What a wonderful world! In Virginia’s column this month, be uplifted to the beauty that only God could create.


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.

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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.




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

Antarctic Sea Ice

The Antarctic is in some ways the precise opposite of the Arctic. The Arctic is an ocean basin surrounded by land, which means that the sea ice is corralled in the coldest, darkest part of the Northern Hemisphere. The Antarctic is land surrounded by ocean. Whereas Northern Hemisphere sea ice can extend to roughly 40 degrees north, Southern Hemisphere sea ice can extend to roughly 50 degrees south. Moreover, Antarctic sea ice does not extend southward to the pole; it can only fringe the continent. Because of this geography, the Antarctic’s sea ice coverage is larger than the Arctic’s in winter, but smaller in the summer. Total Antarctic sea ice peaks in September—the end of Southern Hemisphere winter—historically rising to an extent of roughly 6.9 million square miles. Ice extent reaches its minimum in February, when it dips to roughly 1.2 million square miles.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Father George William Rutler

Father Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the hands of His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke in 1981.  Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Father Rutler has lectured and given retreats in many nations, frequently in Ireland and Australia. Father Rutler has made documentary films in the United States and England, contributes to numerous scholarly and popular journals and has published 16 books on theology, history, cultural issues, and the lives of the saints.

His new release, Hints of Heaven: The Parables of Christ & What They Mean For You is a book for all time.  Christ knew that the splendor of heaven is too great for us to bear just now, and so he used parables as clues to the mystery of paradise. In them are hints of heaven, and they offer profound spiritual advice meant to guide us on the road to eternal glory. In our age, Christ’s Parables are often reduced to exercises in moralism. In these pages, Fr. George Rutler – acclaimed author and EWTN television host – unveils these deceptively simple stories, showing you their hidden meanings and how they apply to our own age and way of life.


Quote of the Week

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling it must increase.
~by Charles Caleb Colton~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Perpetua


Sun has more impact on climate in cool periods

The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.


Looking for Sustainability


Organic will grow in the future because more and more farmers are realizing that residues from current farming practices are accumulating in our drinking water, in our rivers, and in our oceans. Environmental sustainability demands a change in current farming practices.  The good news is that more and more farmers are looking to organic as the sustainable option for their future.


God’s Green Earth

Whale Song

Farm News

Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

The Alaskan tundra might not seem like much of an agricultural hotspot, but one farmer in the frigid town of Bethel believes he’s found America’s newest breadbasket. For the last 10 years, Tim Meyers has been coaxing an enviable quantity of fruits and veggies from just four acres of land. Last year, he produced 50,000 pounds of potatoes, beets, carrots and other vegetables. He sells it at his year-round biweekly market and to local grocery stores. “I think we grow [a greater variety] here in this climate than most people can grow in the hot weather,” says Meyers, who grew up in comparatively urban northern Wisconsin.


Steward Alerts

Catholic Golden Age

Catholic Golden Age is the largest association for Catholics 50 and “better”.  We dedicated ourselves to providing the latest information on important issues that concern elder Catholics.  In 1975, Catholic Golden Age was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization.  Since our inception in 1975, over 1,250,000 people have enrolled as members. Recent estimates place the number of “over-50” Catholics at close to 17,000,000 and with the “graying” of America that number will only increase over the next few years.  CGA has the full backing and support of the Catholic Church and hierarchy in the United States. Do you have questions about Medicare options? Catholic Golden Age offers Medicare supplemental plans.


Steward Activities

LENTEN READING: What Jesus Saw From the Cross—by Father A.G. Sertillanges

Never has there been spiritual reading as powerful as What Jesus Saw from the Cross, the book that will intensify your love of Jesus by burning the events of His Passion into your memory and imagination.

From Christ’s Cross, you’ll:

Recall with Him the history of His people, while gazing lovingly on Mount Zion — the “City of David” — cradled within the walls of Jerusalem

Search the faces in the crowd below, finding there the malice of enemies, the dismay of friends, and the indifference of so many others

Find comfort in the tender love revealed in the sorrowful face of His Blessed Mother

Look across Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, the road to Bethany, the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane . . . and remember with Jesus the holy deeds He performed in each of these places

Recall the forty days in the desert, the marriage at Cana, the baptism by John, the calling of the Apostles, and the other events of His holy ministry, now brought to fearful consummation on the Cross.


Environmental Education

Freshwater Watch

Globally, there are increasing pressures on water supply. In particular, population growth and economic development are putting pressure on available freshwater resources. Water quality is inextricably linked to human health in many ways and poor water quality can lead to disease, reduced food availability and malnutrition. Improved access to fresh water has a direct positive impact on people and communities leading to significant social, economic and environmental benefits.


Youth Stewardship

National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC)

NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success. We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming. The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future.



Growing Vegetables In Hanging Baskets

Space-saving fruits and vegetables have become so popular that a cottage industry has been built around planting solutions for small gardens. One easy way to garden in a small space is to grow vegetables for hanging baskets. Hanging vegetable plants, such as dwarf tomato varieties and snow peas, allow the space-challenged green thumb gardener the ability to provide his or her own organic produce.


Wellness & Nutrition

UV Wristband helps you get Vitamin D without sunburn

Now you can measure everything under the sun with the technology you carry. A wristband that monitors exposure to UV rays allows users to soak up the light needed to make vitamin D without getting burned, and without the need for sunscreen.



Russia plans new orbital space station in future

The Russian space agency Roscosmos says it will support U.S. plans to keep the International Space Station (ISS) operating through 2024, but then wants to split off three still-to-be launched modules to form a new, independent orbital outpost.



It’s gotten so bad this winter that even the owls have taken to wearing head covering!

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