February 1, 2017 HOME PAGE


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.

~Pope Francis~


Did You Hear?

THAT dogs prefer “reggae” music and soft rock?

Making your dog a chill-out playlist? Better bone up on your reggae.

Researchers from the Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow recently performed a study attempting to ascertain which kind of music best relaxed dogs being kept in shelters.


Good News

The Mr. Mo Project: A Nationwide Senior Dog Rescue

The Mr. Mo Project is run by Chris and Mariesa Hughes and is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit group responsible for saving countless shelter dogs since 2011. Together they fight to save senior shelter dogs nationwide, to honor of the life of their late and beloved senior dog, Mr. Mo.

Moses was surrendered to a shelter by his owners in Florida due to his age. Sniffing Snouts Pit Bull Rescue posted his picture to our Facebook page and we then rescued him on June 25th, 2012.

Moses brought our attention to the overwhelming number of senior dogs that find their way into shelters across the country. Moses came to us housebroken, well trained and a gentle loving dog. He went on to become a chef, advocate for elderbulls and one of Facebooks favorite faces. On February 17th, 2014 Moses was diagnosed with an inoperable spinal cord tumor. Moses lost his brave battle on March 26, 2014 and has since inspired this project.


In the News

Florida Recruits Indian Snake Trackers To Hunt Everglades Pythons

In an effort to control one of the biggest invasive reptile problems that has ever existed in the planet, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission employed the help of two tribesmen from Southern India to track Burmese pythons lurking in Florida’s Everglades.

According to the report from Miami Herald, the two men were members of the known snake-hunters, Irula tribe. Masi Sadaiyan and Vadivel Gopal, both in their 50s, arrived early January and have been going into the Everglades almost daily since then.


Picture of the Week

~All God’s creatures deserve clean water~

Ask Susi

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

An American First

~by Susi Pittman

There is a new wind in America and it has the sweet fragrance of sanctity.


Makes a GREAT EASTER gift!

Stories of saints and the animals, personal stories, highly researched and presented. A guide for every person who loves animals and is searching for truth.


Catholic Journeyman

Belonging and Belongings

~by Louis Templeman

What is your spiritual appetite when deciding what is important in your life?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

The Animals On My Bookcase

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

It is amazing what stories may lie in statues on a bookcase. Join Ginny in a whimsical journey to stories untold, until now.


Weekly Commentary

End the Media

~by Daniel Greenfield

Press conferences used to be called in the Oval Office and reporters would hang out close to the action. Then, largely Republican presidents, helped make the media’s occupation permanent. And its sense of entitlement grew. It now believes that it has more of a right to be there than President Trump.

President Trump should disabuse them of that delusion.

When we talk about the media, we really mean the representatives of a handful of corporations who are in the business of advocating for the left and attacking the right. There is no journalism involved in all this: only opposition research. The distinction between the media and the political left no longer exists.


Catholic Writers

Michael H. Brown

Michael H. Brown worked for The Niagara Gazette in 1977 as a full-time reporter. It was during this time that his focus turned to a toxic dump in the city itself, which soon became famous as “Love Canal.” Through the grace of God, Love Canal grew into a major national and international story and sparked interest in the toxic waste problem. Michael also uncovered other toxic-waste threats. Michael’s reporting was nominated for three categories of the Pulitzer Prize and drew a special award from the Environmental Protection Agency. President Carter declared Love Canal a national disaster.

In the early 1980s, while writing a book about the Mafia for Simon & Schuster, he experienced a dramatic return to his Catholic faith (detailed in his book Prayer of the Warrior). His other books include Witness (for Faith Publishing, with Josyp Terelya), The Final Hour, The Trumpet of Gabriel, The Day Will Come, The Last Secret, Secrets of the Eucharist, After Life, Seven Days With Mary, The Bridge to Heaven, Sent To Earth, The God of Miracles, Tower of Light, The Other Side, and a novel, The Seven. His newest book is The Spirits Around Us.

He and wife Lisa have three children, Elizabeth Grace, Joseph Michael, and Mary Rose, plus a parrot, Mikie, and are founders of the Catholic news website, www.spiritdaily.com. They live near St. Augustine, Florida. Michael has traveled throughout Europe and other places researching apparitions of the Blessed Mother and spiritual phenomena.

Recommended Reads

Where The Cross Stands

~by Michael H. Brown

Was the United States founded in the name of Catholicism–and before Jamestown, before Plymouth Rock — at a spot unknown to many where a Cross (the tallest in the world) now stands?

Was there a hidden mystical element, from Columbus to the establishment of the first Florida settlements?

Does the nation’s oldest city — St. Augustine, Florida, also the site of the first officially documented Mass — factor into future events?

What does it portend for the nation’s future — a perspective from George Washington to Donald J. Trump?

In his most powerful book about current events and the “prophetic pulse” since The Final Hour, a huge Catholic bestseller in 1992, Michael H. Brown takes the reader on a fast-paced tour through America’s often hidden history, surveying everything from culture to politics to the credible apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

It is a sweep through the decades and centuries that lead up to this present hour — and what is America’s last chance to recover — to reclaim — its Christian and Catholic foundation.


Quote of the Week

The love of Jesus knows no limits. It never ends; it does not shrink from ugliness and filth.

~Saint Edith Stein~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Scholastica

Geology & Archaeology

The Geological Oddity that is Sarn Wallog

The Sarn Gynfelyn shingle spit on the coast of Cardigan Bay, in the county of Ceredigion, Mid-Wales, in the United Kingdom. It is located at Wallog, a few kilometres north of Llangorwen, close to Clarach Bay, south of Borth and north of the regional capital Aberystwyth.

Similar landform examples are found at several points along the Cardigan Bay coast, known as sarnau. They are thought to be long subtidal banks of glacial moraines.



Trump lets Haapala go from transition team

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to distance itself from a leading climate change doubter who was part of the team leading the transition for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration an appointment that had alarmed NOAA employees.

An official with the Department of Commerce, the agency overseeing NOAA, said Kenneth Haapala no longer had a role in the transition and did not take part in meetings about potential appointments. The official, who contacted McClatchy but spoke only on the condition of anonymity, citing departmental policy, was unable to say when Haapala had stopped serving on the transition team.


Global Weather

Cape Horn

Cape Horn (Dutch: Kaap Hoorn (help·info), Spanish: Cabo de Hornos), named after the city of Hoorn in the Netherlands, is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, and is located on the small Hornos Island. Although not the most southerly point of South America (which are the Diego Ramírez Islands), Cape Horn marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and marks where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide. For decades it was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. The waters around Cape Horn are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a sailors’ graveyard.

So what would it be like to go around Cape Horn in a terrible storm?



The Global Water Report 2016

The report and underlying data analysis aim to shine a light on the linkages between water, energy and private sector efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

This report reveals:

  • Water risks are rapidly materializing for business;
  • Year-on-year trends show that companies are not moving fast enough to address the sustainable management of water;
  • Water could make – or break – the low carbon transition;
  • A pivot towards water stewardship is underway; and
  • This year’s Water A List includes 25 companies. This is 17 more than last year.



Earth’s orbital variations, sea ice “synch” glacial periods

New research shows how sea ice growth in the Southern Hemisphere during certain orbital periods could control the pace of ice ages on Earth.

The Southern Hemisphere has a higher capacity to grow sea ice than the Northern Hemisphere, where continents block growth. New research shows that the expansion of Southern Hemisphere sea ice during certain periods in Earth’s orbital cycles can control the pace of the planet’s ice ages.


God’s Green Earth

Dancing Birds

Farm News

Catholic Rural Life: Stewardship of Creation

As Catholics we believe that the earth belongs to the Lord. Acknowledging this truth, we accept that God’s creation and all His creatures on Earth have an inherent value beyond a utility or usefulness for human beings. We are called to respect the integrity of creation: to live in harmony with all of creation, not to exploit what we can for our own self-interest. How we live on God’s earth cannot be disconnected by how we live in community as social beings.


Steward Alerts

Why Neil Gorsuch is an outstanding choice for Supreme Court

Nothing helped Donald Trump win over reluctant religious and social conservatives more than his oft-repeated promise to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia with someone cut from the same cloth. Yesterday, he made good on that pledge by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Voters who held their noses and voted for Donald Trump in the hope that he would “save the Court” have reason to feel vindicated. At least for now.


Steward Activities

100 Questions Jesus Asked and You Should Answer

Let the question meet you where you are right now. It may mean something for you that is very different from its original context, but that is OK. Answer each question prayerfully and reflectively. Just pick a question, consider it, and answer it by talking to the Lord.


A Song Before The Lord

Lilies of the Field


Preparing For Spring

As we inch closer to spring, our list of garden chores increases. It will be worth it in the long run, though, so time to get busy.


Wellness & Nutrition

Is The Flu Near You?

CDC estimates of flu-associated yearly deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. If you have the flu, you can infect others 1 day before showing symptoms and up to 7 days after becoming sick. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. Check out this seasons Flu Map to see if the Flu Is Near You!



Space Junk, Its’ getting pretty messy up there

Orbiting debris is a product of negligence. Over the first 60 years of space flight, mission plans ended with the completion of in-space operations. Satellites were shut down and left in their orbits, subject to natural influences. Little thought was given to any collateral effects of objects “adrift” in space, because “space” was thought of as “big.”

Of the suspected hundreds-of-thousands of debris objects, only about 25,000 are 4 inches or larger in size, and only these can be tracked. The majority of the 1014 junk items remain beyond current tracking capabilities, but are dangerous in terms of causing significant damage to operating spacecraft.



When you say jump, I say “how high!”


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