HOME PAGE: April 13, 2015


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?

ABOUT Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary—Australia

You’ve got to see their HAPPIEST VIDEO EVER!

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary is set on 153 peaceable acres situated just outside of Lancefield, Victoria, Australia, nestled in the tranquillity of the Macedon Ranges.


Good News


National Greyhound Adoption Program

National Greyhound Adoption Program was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1989. Our main goals are, and always have been: To help find loving, adoptive homes for former racing greyhound dogs; To provide superior knowledge and support for greyhound dog adopters and other adoption groups; To educate the public and spread awareness about the plight of the greyhound; To provide specialized medical care specifically geared towards the greyhound.

National Greyhound Adoption Program now has greyhounds sent to us by various different groups from all over the United States. Our kennel currently houses anywhere from 40-50 adoptable greyhounds and is also able to house 40-50 boarding greyhounds for their vacationing owners. Because we are involved in so many aspects of greyhound adoption, rescue and advocacy and we take care of the housing and health needs of so many greyhounds, we have a large aid staff of almost twenty people and full-time, live-in caretakers. We also do something that is rarely done in rescue…


In the News

Think Twice Before Rescuing Baby Animals

People who are tempted to raise an orphaned wild animal as a pet, be warned: It’s illegal. Michelle Tirhi, a state wildlife biologist in Thurston and Pierce counties, said animals that become habituated to humans don’t have the skills to survive. “Most people get excited about a baby animal,” Tirhi said, “and then they get bored or don’t have to ability to keep it. And now, being around humans has altered the animal’s behavior.” That gets the animals in trouble.


Picture of the Week

White lions are a rare color mutation of the African lion. They are not albino; they are leucistic, which is lack of dark pigmentation. They get their coloring from a recessive gene known as a color inhibitor. To produce a white lion, both parents must possess the recessive gene.

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

We Have A Purpose

~by Susi Pittman

I hear so much and see so much in the media where people are looking for the meaning of life; for their place in this plane of existence and for a purpose that they will know they were called to. We all have a purpose…tap into the key of knowing how to find it.


Catholic Journeyman

56 Our Fathers

~by Louis Templeman

It was an inspiration that arrived quietly as Louis prepared to pray his Rosary, it was a heavenly window to a new devotional experience.


A Poet’s Voice

Where Daniel Prayed

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Can you imagine how holy it would be to be standing at the tomb of Daniel the Prophet in the ancient, dusty town of Shushtar, Iran? Paula did and she shares the moment.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Volunteering For Nature

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

It is no secret that the natural world is struggling and as witnesses to these declines we can feel helpless alone. But one united with others can become an army for change .


Weekly Commentary

A Night In The Holy Sepulchre—by David Torkington

I was so overcome by the realization that I was actually praying in the very place from which Jesus had risen from the dead that I began to wish I that could spend the rest of my life in that friary. This would enable me to return again and again, night after night, to what must be the holiest place on earth. Then suddenly, in a matter of moments, I had a spiritual experience that changed everything. I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything, but the words of God spoke to me in a way that they had never spoken to me before or since. In one sense it was nothing spectacular, but in another sense it irrevocably changed my whole attitude to the Resurrection that I’d believed in since I was a child, but which had never really touched me in the way that it touched me that night. I don’t claim that the words came directly from God; they most certainly came from my subconscious, but I’m sure God gave them a bit of a push.


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Discovering Catholic Writers

Notker Wolf OSB

Notker Wolf OSB (born June 21, 1940 in Unterallgäu, Bavaria) is the current Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict. He was elected to his position as Abbot Primate in 2000.

He lives at the Confederation’s headquarters at Sant’Anselmo in Rome. The position is largely honorary as the Benedictines are not a centralized order. He acts as a roving ambassador for them and speaks on Benedictine or Catholic issues.In November 2009 the Abbot Primate received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Saint Anselm College.[1]

He has written at least 19 books, with his latest (April 2012) concerning the issue of living an environmentally sustainable life for both a good future for the earth as well as for the individual in a spiritual/holistic fashion.

Wolf is also interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.[4]

On September 21, 2012, the Congress of Abbots reelected the 72-year-old Wolf to serve another term as Abbot Primate.

Recommended Read

FAITH Can Give Us Wings – by Notker Wolf

“Why do you look so happy?” people have been asking Notker Wolf for years, now.

So he set out to answer them in this lively book. A relationship with God, he explains, can feel like falling in love, when it seems that butterflies are fluttering around in your stomach. Then, beauty, joy, belief, trust, and forgiveness are his subjects, all in an effort to show his readers how it is possible to have wings of faith Ð and fly!

“Notker Wolf is a gift to the monastic community, the Church and the world in Christ. This book brings out the best of his multifaceted spiritual and natural gifts. I recommend it highly.”
—John Michael Talbot

“This insightful book can speak to the emptiness we all experience at times and perk us up so that we take notice of what really matters. By reading and reflecting on these ideas, you might just discover the beauty and fullness a faith perspective has to offer. You may even learn to soar!”
—Sister Judith Ann Heble, OSB, Moderator, Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum, Sacred Heart Monastery, Lisle, Illinois


Quote of the Week

I have seen so many eruptions in the last 20 years that I don’t care if I die tomorrow
Maurice Krafft (Volcanologist) on the day before he was killed on Unzen Volcano, Japan 1991.

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Mark the Evangelist

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.)

Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long.


Geology & Archaeology

Archaeologists say parts of Bible were written in First Temple Period

A collection of letters written on clay in the Kingdom of Judah some 2,500 years ago is shedding new light on the age of the oldest biblical texts, with the help of sophisticated imaging tools and complex software.

Biblical scholars have long agreed that Judaism’s holy texts were put together by different sources over several centuries. When this process began is unclear.

One key question is whether the oldest books of the Bible were written before the destruction of Judah and its capital Jerusalem in 586 BCE, and the subsequent exile to Babylon.


Global Weather

U.S. grains, soybeans rise amid global weather concerns

U.S. grain and soybean futures advanced Wednesday as concerns mount that inclement global weather could dent output of some crops. Soybean prices jumped to a fresh eight-month high, buoyed by worries that heavy rain and flooding in Argentina could damage crop yields there, while excess precipitation also has stalled that country’s harvest of the oilseeds. Argentina is a main U.S. rival for soybean production and export.


World Climate Issues

Plants may not protect us against climate change

Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it. But a new study finds that limited nutrients may keep plants from growing as fast as scientists thought, leading to more global warming than some climate models had predicted by 2100.



Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN)

The Sustainable Commodity Initiative is a joint initiative managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Dedicated to assisting the international community, the SCI aims to discover ways to ensure that sustainable practices are adopted into commodity production and trade to enhance social, environmental and economic welfare on a global scale.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Downwind Safety on the Farm

Consumers don’t buy leafy greens and other healthy supermarket produce anticipating the food might make their families sick. Or at least, they didn’t used to. But high profile recalls of fruits and veggies seem to be a new normal in the American food landscape. The recalls follow outbreaks of foodborne illnesses caused by microbes like E. coli. These outbreaks can send unsuspecting veggiephiles rushing to the nearest toilet or, worse yet, the hospital. Some outbreaks can even result in deaths.


Steward Alerts


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Best of all, we pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and Saint John Paul II with the personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland.


Steward Activities

Chew on this: Family meals are a sign of a healthy home

Would you like your children to have a side dish of resiliency to go along with their risotto? Or how about a slice of ham glazed with good grades? You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can dish up when your family breaks bread together. A growing body of research suggests family dinnertime does much more than satisfy hunger. Family meals can expand the mind and protect the spirit, too.


A Song Before the Lord


The Environment

Isle of Arran Diver Wins Prestigious Environmental Award

Howard Wood-Scotland

Howard Wood is to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony in San Francisco later. It is in recognition of his work over 20 years to protect the island’s marine environment and allow it to recover. Mr Wood was one of the founders of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (Coast) and played a key role in the campaign to set up the country’s first no take zone, which prohibits fishing in part of the island’s Lamlash Bay.



Welcome the “guard dog” of the gardener into your garden

Unlike bees, which feed on nectar and pollen, most wasps are aggressive predators or parasites of other invertebrates in the garden. That’s the main reason you want them around. They tirelessly stalk the garden in search of prey and control the population of pests that would otherwise damage your plants. Some wasps are even plant pollinators. Welcome wasps to your garden.


Wellness & Nutrition

First Aid For Your Pet–FAQ’s

Emergencies with pets happen every day, and being prepared is important. When in doubt about the need to seek medical attention for an injured or sick pet, always err on the side of caution and ask your veterinarian. Don’t delay in seeking veterinary care if you think there could be a problem. Better to be dead wrong about a minor medical problem than to have a pet who’s worse off due to a delay. Peace of mind is priceless.



Mystic Mountain inside the Carina Nebula

Mystic Mountain is a term for a region in the Carina Nebula imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The view was captured by the then new Wide Field Camera 3, though the region was also viewed by the previous generation instrument. The new view celebrated the telescope’s 20th anniversary of being in space. The nebula is about 7500 light-years away from Earth. The pillar measures three light years in height; nascent stars inside the pillar fire off gas jets streaming from towering peaks.


Sure to Make You Smile



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