August 10, 2015 Home Page

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Alabama Dog Adoption Update—Fantastic!

We are thrilled to announce that the majority of the rescued animalsin Moulton, Alabama are happily in forever homes. Some were reunited with loving families in the weeks following the raid, while approximately 250 others were placed up for adoption at an ASPCA adoption event in Hillsboro, Alabama, on July 25 and 26.

At the event, more than 900 people from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the surrounding areas came to show their support—and 202 dogs and cats were adopted!


Good News

For the Love of Sharks—A True Love Story From Bill & Peggy Goldberg

After more than 30 years of scuba diving, Peggy and Bill Goldberg still relish the thrill of encountering sharks underwater. The Goldbergs have dived with hammerheads, Galapagos, oceanic white tips, reef, silky and black tips, but the giants of the shark family—whale sharks—are still on their bucket list. “We hope we will get to see one,” says Peggy. “We’re saddened by the dramatic decline in the number of sharks we see on our dives. It used to be relatively easy to encounter them, but now it’s becoming rare.”


In the News

Why classroom pets are so important to our kids

A class hamster, guinea pig, lizard, or even goldfish can be fun and exciting for schoolchildren, but it also has real educational, leadership and character-building value, according to a new study from American Humane Association in collaboration with the Pet Care Trust.

Phase I of the two-phase “Pets in the Classroom” study features surveys and interviews of nearly 1,200 teachers and reveals that having a class pet can teach children important values like compassion, empathy, respect, and responsibility for other living things, as well as give them much-needed leadership skills and stress relief. Certain challenges still remain, according to the study’s findings, like teaching children to cope with pet loss, the cost of ownership for teachers, and responsibility for the animal when school is not in session.


Picture of the Week

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher

These little birds are only about 6 1⁄2 inches in length and like to dart out from branches to catch flying insects or pluck them from leaves. They build very large nests (sometimes up to 6 feet long) on branches near water. The nest hangs over the water which makes it hard for predators to reach.

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

Pro-life & Pro-animal

~by Susi Pittman

I will never forget that day when I was told that I was one of those. I’m not sure what the gentleman meant, but, I do have a response.


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

As the tremors of Parkinson’s begin to move into more limbs of Louis’ body, he is given a personal spiritual parable which leads to the Light in a dark moment.


Book of the Month

Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, by Anne Hillerman, Photographs by Don Strel.

~Review by Michele Gregoire

A photographic journey through the landscape immortalized in bestselling author Tony Hillerman’ s beloved mystery series featuring the legendary Navajo police officers Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Tear of the Pine

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

You will never look at a pine tree the same way again!


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Severe flooding hampers rescues in Myanmar

Heavy monsoon rain has battered vast swathes of the country in recent weeks, decimating tens of thousands of homes and fields and leaving people stranded in remote villages in a disaster testing the government’s limited relief operations.

“Most of the country is flooded now,” said a director at the social welfare ministry who did not want to be named, explaining that all but one of Myanmar’s 14 provinces and regions were affected by the flash floods, rising waters and landslides caused by the downpour.


Weekly Commentary

TECH(nical) Difficulties—by Liz Beller, National Catholic Register

It is easy to let the Technology Age envelop us. A sweeping glance at day-to-day life will exhibit screens every direction you turn. TV, Internet, smartphones, iPods … the list is endless.

Are the advances in technology truly amazing? The number of lives that are rescued due to medical information available at a swipe and the amount of time that is saved by looking at a GPS instead of circling neighborhoods for hours reveal feats unmatched by any previous accomplishments of mankind. However, as Pope Francis has remarked numerous times, with this great power of technology comes a grave obligation to uphold traditional values that have fallen by the wayside in today’s culture.


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Geology and Archaeology

Nepal’s Earthquake: Key facts

Three months after a massive earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people and destroying nearly 600,000 homes, aftershocks continue to jolt the Himalayan nation.

Here are answers to some key questions about Nepal’s vulnerability to quakes, the reasons for the aftershocks and what scientists are doing to assess the likelihood of another major quake.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Bishop-Elect Father Robert Barron

Fr. Robert Barron is one of the Catholic Church’s premier theologians, is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. He is author of the influential The Priority of Christ, founder of the Word On Fire Ministries and host of the ground-breaking documentary Catholicism. Pope Francis has just appointed him Auxiliary Bishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He has just released his newest book, Exploring Catholic Theology.

Bishop-elect Barron sets forth a vision for an evangelical Catholic theology that is steeped in the tradition and engaged with the contemporary world. Striking a balance between academic rigor and accessibility, the book covers issues of perennial interest in the twenty-first-century church: who God is, how to rightly worship him, and how his followers engage contemporary culture. Topics include the doctrine of God, Catholic theology, philosophy, liturgy, and evangelizing the culture. This work will be of special interest to readers concerned about the so-called “new atheism.”


Quote of the Week

Heaven means the place, and especially the condition of supreme beatitude. Had God created no bodies, but only pure spirits, heaven would not need to be a place; it would signify merely the state of the angels who rejoice in the possession of God. But in fact heaven is also a place. There we find the humanity of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the angels, and the sould of the saints. Though we cannot say with certitude where this place is to be found, or what its relation is to the whole universe, revelation does not allow us to doubt its existence.

~Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.~

Discovering Catholic Saints

St. Alphonsus Liguori


Study says climate change endangering Hawaii’s native birds

The birds of Hawaii have their own horror movie, and it’s called The Mosquitoes. Instead of Alfred Hitchcock as the one behind this force of terror, it’s climate change (but that’s the reason for most of our problems today). Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison released a study in Global Change Biology on how “global climate change will affect future malaria risk to native Hawaiian bird populations in the coming century.”


Looking For Sustainability

Council of Sustainable Activisim

An activist life can be an immensely rewarding one filled with purpose and community. Through their hard work and commitment, there is no doubt that animal activists are improving the lives of animals around the globe. However, activism can be challenging intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Constantly defending the vulnerable and oppressed against the forces of thousands of years of culture and commerce, is not just hard work; it can put animal activists at odds with their families, communities, and society.


God’s Green Earth

Just For You

Farm News

Hawgs N Dawgs Farm

“You are entering a safe haven now. You never have to worry about not feeling safe, you don’t have to be afraid anymore.” This is what Tammy says to each of her animals when she brings them home to care for, take in under her wing, or welcome them to their forever home. What some people would call an obsession, this is a lifestyle for her and her family. Starting in 2004 on a 48 acre farm, their first rescue was Charlotte the hog. The whole rescue process is paid right out of Tammy and her husband’s, Bill, pockets. Each of the animals you see on this page are part of the Appalachian Pig Lady’s rescues, but this is nowhere close to ALL the animals she has currently, or have had in the past. Since 2004 Tammy has volunteered at over 15 natural disasters bringing back animals to help, doing clean up, and helping whoever she can from the goodness of her heart, which is the pure foundation of Hawgs N Dawgs in Appalachia.


Steward Alerts

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Steward Activities

The Catholic Foodie—Where Food Meets Faith!

Want some of the BEST recipes you will ever know? The Catholic Foodie, Jeff Young makes it happen. Check out these winning dishes from his Best Recipes 2014.


A Song Before The Lord

I can only imagine

Environmental Education

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.


Youth Stewardship

Canadian Wildlife Federation—Kids Cove

Welcome to Kids’ Cove, the place where you can come to explore all kinds of fun material about wildlife.



Old World Garden Farms

This has to be one of my favorite go-to garden sites. Beyond answering so many of my gardening questions, there is a wealth of other garden related information. Old World Garden Farms is the creation of Jim & Mary of middle Ohio, a young married couple who live simply, responsibly and exercise conservation in the gardening of what they raise and how they raise it. In their own words: We both came from great families who gardened, and both have fond childhood memories of working alongside our parents in the garden and kitchen. We remember homegrown meals, and great winter dishes made from the food we grew and canned in the summer. We both realize now that it was some of the best times we ever had, and strive to once again create a household that embraces those values responsibly. Simply put – to do things the best way possible for us and the land. Nothing more – and nothing less.

Their Gardeners Resource page is a sure-fire way to find what you need and enjoying the journey.


Wellness & Nutrition

Health Recommendations for Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires can cause problems for those with respiratory and cardiac disease as well as the very young and elderly. Smoke from forest and grass fires contains particles that can irritate eyes, throat and lungs. These can be bothersome to many people, but especially so to those with compromised lungs. Many people may have respiratory symptoms when breathing smoky air. The good news is that most symptoms are short-lived, and resolve as smoke dissipates



Vatican skeptical about encounters of the third kind

The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis’s telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is skeptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock. On a leafy hilltop near the papal summer home of Castel Gandolfo sits the Vatican’s Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, where planetary scientists mix the study of meteorites and the Big Bang theory with theology.



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