HOME PAGE: April 20, 2016


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 the crew from Animal Planet finding a human castaway on a deserted Australian island?


Good News

Hero saves 25+ horses in Houston flood

A Texas horse trainer is being called a hero the day after he saved more than 25 horses from drowning in Houston’s raging flood waters. Justin Nelzen humbly says he isn’t so sure about the title. “I’m definitely no hero,” he tells us. Nelzen says he loves Edmund Burke’s famous quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Expanding the thought Nelzen says, “at the end of the day all I can hope for is to be that good man.”

In the News

Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway

A highly contagious and deadly animal brain disorder has been detected in Europe for the first time. Scientists are now warning that the single case found in a wild reindeer might represent an unrecognized, widespread infection. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was thought to be restricted to deer, elk (Cervus canadensis) and moose (Alces alces) in North America and South Korea, but on 4 April researchers announced that the disease had been discovered in a free-ranging reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) in Norway. This is both the first time that CWD has been found in Europe and the first time that it has been found in this species in the wild anywhere in the world.


Picture of the Week

The Largest Fish in the World

Whale sharks are found in all tropical and warm-temperate seas around the world, preferring water temperatures of 68-77 degrees. Whale sharks eat mostly small organisms like plankton, schooling fish, and squid, which they strain from the water as they swim with their meter-long mouths and specialized teeth. Despite their tremendous size and intimidating appearance, whale sharks are commonly docile and approachable.

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

When bad things happen to good people

~by Susi Pittman

He was a friend to me and to so, so many. Murdered unnecessarily. How do I cope with this?


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

The ultimate weapon of power for the living…forgiveness .


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

Five remedies for sorrow – by Monsignor Charles Pope

Sorrow! It does find us. One doesn’t usually go to the St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica for advice on emotional matters. Yet we shall indeed go there to seek advice on sorrow and consider some of St. Thomas’ remedies for it.


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Discovering Catholic Writers

Henri J.M. Nouwen


The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen (pronounced Henry Now-win) wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen’s books have sold over 2 million copies and been published in over 22 languages.

Recommended Read

Life of the Beloved

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world. Life of the Beloved is among the final books published by Nouwen, and in that way is kind of a culmination of much of his life and thought and is thought by many to be his “flagship” work. Truly, it doesn’t get much better than this. Reading this book as a Christian can be a mind and, hence, life altering experience.


Quote of the Week

Stephen prayed for his persecutors, who had not been able even to listen to the Name of Christ, when he said of those very men by whom he was being stoned: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.

~ Saint Ambrose of Milan~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Anselm of Canterbury

Geology & Archaeology

Palmyra After Isis

Archaeologists feared they would find widespread devastation after Palmyra was recaptured from Islamic State by pro-Assad forces in March. While the ancient city’s most famous monuments were desecrated, other notable artefacts survived and experts hope the whole site will be restored.


Global Weather

Houston’s Historic Flooding

The Houston area continued to recover Tuesday after historic flooding swept across Southeast Texas, leaving at least seven people dead and at least 1,000 homes swamped. All of the deaths were drownings caused when people drove cars into flooded roads.

The flood is a 1-in-200 year event, according to NOAA and the University of Oklahoma. That means there is a 0.5% chance of such an event occurring in any given year. Over the past three days, roughly 8.8 trillion gallons of water fell on the state of Texas, according to Weather Bell meteorologist Ryan Maue. That’s enough to fill more than 104,000 Rose Bowls with water.


World Climate Issues

NOAA Issues A La Nina Watch

It will soon be time to bid good-bye to the strong El Niño of 2015-2016. Forecasters anticipate that sea surface temperatures in the Niño3.4 region will drop below the El Niño threshold (0.5°C above the long-term average) in the late spring or early summer. After more than a year of El Niño conditions, what’s next?



University of Louisiana’s Fete de Terre Festival Focuses On Sustainability

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Fête de la Terre 2016 festival continues with activities planned through Friday, which is International Earth Day. Fête de la Terre 2016 is being held this week to raise awareness about sound environmental and recycling practices. It is sponsored by UL’s Office of Sustainability.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the first, and only, higher education institution in the state to earn the “Green Ribbon School” designation from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The designation recognizes schools, from elementary to postsecondary, and school districts, for comprehensive, campus- or district-wide sustainability practices and programs. UL Lafayette is among five schools in Louisiana that were recently named Green Ribbon Schools.


God’s Green Earth

Butterflies & Bees

Farm News

Catholic Relief Services

Every day, we witness the effects of the changing climate on poor and vulnerable people around the world. Farmers we serve are losing their crops due to erratic rainfall or warm temperatures. Families we serve are struggling to keep their homes as the water around them rises. In Laudato Si’, we are reminded that it is our responsibility to care for the earth –- our common home. Here, Catholic Relief Services offers resources for you to respond, and stories for you to share, including:


Steward Alerts

Joint Letter to Congress: Pass the Conscience Protection Acto f 2016

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protection to serve their patients in good conscience.


Steward Activities

Pio Prints

Pio Prints was created with the purpose of updating the religious greeting card to appeal to the modern world. It is our mission to spread the message of the Saints to encourage, inspire, comfort, and congratulate. Our name is in honor of the great Saint Padre Pio of Petricila, and our motto we take from his beautiful wisdom:

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. ~ St. Padre Pio

Our hope is that, in all moments of life, we may extend this message, and the message of the Saints, to people everywhere.


A Song Before the Lord

Gradual & Alleluia

The Environment

Why do so many earthquakes strike Japan?

With residents of the Kumamoto region reeling from two sizable earthquakes in as many days, and with memories of the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku, Japan, in 2011 not far from people’s minds, what is it about this part of the world that makes it so seismically active?



Easy foods kids can grow in the garden

Parents and caregivers know how challenging it can be to get kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables, but gardening may help. An expanding body of research shows that when kids help grow fruits and vegetables, they are likely to eat more produce and to try different kinds, too. The benefits of gardening don’t end there. “Gardening can also help build a child’s self-confidence and sense of responsibility,” says Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, blogger and author of Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. “And, it’s a great way to get fresh air and spend time together as a family.”


Wellness & Nutrition

Flooding and communicable disease fact sheet

Floods can potentially increase the transmission of the following communicable diseases:

Water-borne diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A

Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Fever



Meteorites arrive at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Nearly 570 meteorite samples collected during a two-month Antarctic expedition arrived at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) on April 14 to be curated for distribution to scientists around the world, helping us answer questions about the evolution of the solar system, including the role that water and organic compounds have in its formation.


Sure to Make You Smile

Tuffy the Bear Jumps For Joy

A bear who was rescued from a bile farm was caught on camera jumping for joy while taking a dip in a pool in Vietnam for the first time. Tuffy was freed from captivity after spending many years in a tiny cage, according to Animals Asia, a Hong Kong-based charity group that seeks to end cruelty to wild and endangered species across the continent.The bear is now recovering at the group’s award-winning bear sanctuary in Vietnam, where he’s kept safe and outdoors. “Coming from years of little or no water, for Tuffy this must feel like a true oasis after being parched and in pain for so long,” Animals Asia Bear Manager Louise Ellis said on the charity group’s website. During his first days outside, Animals Asia said that Tuffy chose to sleep under the stars instead of returning to his den at night.


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