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~Pope Francis~

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Did You Know?

THAT wolverines in Alaska are being trained for avalanche search & rescue?

The wolverine is one of Alaska’s most elusive animals, with an almost mythical reputation for fierceness and cunning behavior. But could this creature, often feared and not fully understood, one day help aid in search and rescue missions? The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center hopes so.

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Good News

Canine Paradise

This is the canine paradise known Land Of The Strays in Costa Rica where nearly a thousand dogs are allowed to run free. Territorio de Zaguates is a privately funded, volunteer-run haven for stray dogs who have the free rein of an area of stunning countryside in a country with year-round sunshine. More than 900 animals live in the sanctuary with dog-lovers coming from far and wide to adopt a new pet.

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In the News

Heroic U.S. Marine War Dog Gets Top Military Honor

A heroic U.S. Marine Corps German shepherd that lost a leg sniffing out a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was awarded the world’s highest honor for service dogs during a special ceremony Tuesday. Lucca, who served U.S. troops during more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan over a six-year span, received the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Dickin Medal at the Wellington Barracks in London. She is the first Marine Corps dog to receive the medal, considered the top honor for war animals around the world.

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Picture of the Week

The Aye-aye

The aye-aye is a lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar that combines rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow and a special thin middle finger. They are greatly endangered due to habitat destruction.

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.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

The 40 DAYS Following the Resurrection

~by Susi Pittman

Can you imagine if a very public figure we all know today, died, was buried three days, then was seen in a perfect body free of decay and destruction walking among the living once again? The 40 days following Jesus’s Resurrection have always fascinated me, especially the people who walked, talked and ate with Him.

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Catholic Journeyman

Prayer in the Tube

~by Louis Templeman

Louis continues to go through treatments for his Parkinson’s Disease. In his challenge to cope with it, he came upon a bit of peace and an eternal truth while in the MRI tube.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Volunteering For Nature

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

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 .

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A Poet’s Voice

Falling Upward

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Your life can change in an instant… it could be the loss of a loved one, an announcement of an impending birth, the opening of a letter bearing a message unprepared for or the loss of a job. Paula shares such a moment with us.

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Weekly Commentary

Thomas’ Doubt & Ours – by Thomas L. McDonald

As a young man I liked the cut of St. Thomas. Here was a man who needed to see things with his own eyes. None of this “accepting things on faith.” He knew what kind of pre-pentecost slackers his fellow Eleven were, arguing over who was greatest in the kingdom, offering to make tents at the Transfiguration, asking endless foolish questions. Their designated leader pretended he didn’t even know the Lord. Why on earth should Thomas take their word for anything?

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Catholic Writers

Hugh Owen

Hugh Owen is the convert son of Sir David Owen, a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Secretary General of International Planned Parenthood Federation. Hugh attended Princeton University where, at the age of 18, he was baptized, confirmed and made his first Holy Communion in the Princeton University Chapel on the Easter Vigil, in 1972. He also received a permanent license to be a principal or superintendent of schools in the state of New York. Between 1977 and 1991, Hugh worked as a teacher and administrator of several independent schools and served as a school evaluator for the Middle States Association and as a member of the executive committee of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. For the past 15 years, Hugh has dedicated his life to the service of the Church as a writer, editor, teacher, and lecturer. Hugh has written numerous books and articles on Catholic and secular topics. His books and articles have been published by the Catholic Distance University, Human Life International, Seton Home School, The Apostolate for Family Consecration, Latin Mass Magazine, and many other publications. For thirteen years, Hugh served as the director of religious education for St. John Bosco Parish in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. He is currently the director of the John Paul II Institute of Christian Spirituality and the founder and director of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation in Mt. Jackson, Virginia.

A Recommended Read

Genesis Through the Eyes of the Saints – by Hugh Owen

From the time of the Apostles until now, Almighty God has raised up great mystical Saints and Doctors of the Church to bear witness to the truth of the sacred history of Genesis. In our recent book Genesis through the Eyes of the Saintswe examine the private revelations of a number of these mystical Doctors, including St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Bridget of Sweden, and other great mystical Saints, including Venerable Maria of Agreda and Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, to demonstrate that all of them were shown the same fiat creation of all things that God revealed to Moses, the great “prophet of the past.”

Since all of the private revelations regarding creation approved by the Church uphold the literal historical truth of the sacred history of Genesis, it is remarkable that any devout Catholic could believe that God deceived them all by showing them a lie. It is even more remarkable that any devout Catholic could believe that, rather than revealing the truth about the alleged billions of years of evolution to Saints and Doctors, the truth was revealed to the Church through godless scientists like Lyell, Darwin and Huxley, most of whom hated the Church and wanted to destroy her. It is these kinds of absurdities that have driven most of the young people out of the Church for three generations, so that the Churches in most of the once-Catholic areas of the world are now headed for extinction.

Indeed, if theistic evolution were true, one would expect that our loving Heavenly Father would have raised up a new St. Hildegard or St. Bridget to reveal the wonders of theistic evolution and to show the faithful how to reconcile them with the Tradition of the Church. But this has not happened. In Genesis through the Eyes of the Saints we examine the two modern private revelations given to Catholics who claimed to reconcile evolution with the Catholic Faith, and we demonstrate that both of them stand in total contradiction to the authoritative teaching on creation that was believed and taught by all of the Fathers, Doctors, Popes, and Council Fathers in their authoritative teaching. Moreover, we demonstrate that both of these “prophets of evolution” failed to abide by the tried and tested rules for spiritual discernment laid down by the great Mystical Doctors of the past, like St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross.

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Quote of the Week

Unwittingly you have pursued falsehood thinking it to be the truth. If you had been taught the truth first you would have been found effortlessly tending toward salvation, just as you now effortlessly lean toward perdition.’

~ St. Norbert, to the people of Antwerp ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Stanislaus

Geology & Archaeology

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol-Philippines

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol are composed of between 1,260 to 1,776 individual mounds, ranging in height from 98 to 164 feet with the largest being 393 feet tall. The hills are covered in green grass, which turn to brown during the dry season, making them look like dollops of chocolate. The Chocolate Hills are composed of limestone which was subsequently covered with topsoil and grass. Their origin is not exactly understood but according to the most accepted theory they were created when limestone weakened by rainfall, surface water, and groundwater was fractured and uplifted by tectonic forces and subsequently eroded by rivers and streams.

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Global Weather

NASA measures rainsdrop sizes from space to understand storms

Not all raindrops are created equal. The size of falling raindrops depends on several factors, including where the cloud producing the drops is located on the globe and where the drops originate in the cloud. For the first time, scientists have three-dimensional snapshots of raindrops and snowflakes around the world from space, thanks to the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. With the new global data on raindrop and snowflake sizes this mission provides, scientists can improve rainfall estimates from satellite data and in numerical weather forecast models, helping us better understand and prepare for extreme weather events.

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World Climate Issues

Climate change debate heats up

Some 98 percent of published climate scientists are convinced that man-made climate change is happening and needs to be addressed now. Are the climate-change deniers actually correct in some of their assertions? You can decide that on your own. Yes, we’re encouraging you to do some homework, but we’re here to get you started by offering up some of the climate-change deniers’ core arguments.

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Sustainability

Why Tesla’s Model 3 Sales Should Scare the Oil Industry

The auto industry has never seen anything like this. Apple may be used to people queueing round the block to buy its latest iWhatever, but the car industry does not traditionally have to cordon off pavements to manage the rush of people trying to buy the next Ford Mondeo. Until now, that is. The response to the unveiling of the all-electric Tesla Model 3 and the 276,000 orders lodged inside three days (all backed by refundable cash deposits) has taken everyone by surprise.

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God’s Green Earth

April Showers

Farm News

Amazing Farm Moms

Mom. She’s the glue that holds the family together. And on the farm, it’s no different. Meet some of the amazing farm moms who do so much for their families, their communities, and their farms.

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Steward Alerts

Mother Angelica, Founder of EWTN Passes From This Life Into God’s Hands

On Easter Sunday, March 27th at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, close to 5 PM, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA passed peacefully from this life to God. Her passing on the great day of the Resurrection of the Lord is a gift. As Jesus promised to go and prepare a place for us before His passion, without doubt, He has prepared a glorious place for his faithful spouse and servant, one that is beyond what eye has [seen] or ear has [heard]. As Mother once prayed: Mary, my Mother, teach me how to love Jesus and how to be like Him. Guide me in the path of holiness and defend me from the enemy. Tell Jesus I love Him and tell the Father I long to be with Him. May she rest in the peace and everlasting joy of the Risen Lord Jesus.

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Steward Activities

CATHOLICISM School Enrichment – by Bishop Robert Barron

Engage middle and high school students more deeply and interactively with CATHOLICISM School Enrichment. Bring students around the world and deep into the Faith with Bishop Barron, a trusted source of authentic Church teaching whom Cardinal Francis George has called “one of the Church’s best messengers.” Designed as a virtual tool-kit, teachers can easily use these materials and share them with students directly in the classroom or via a link for one-to-one technology or at-home use. High School materials follow the USCCB framework and Middle School materials fit virtually any diocesan curriculum.

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A Song Before The Lord

Lord of the Dance

The Environment

Protecting California’s Watersheds

As California manages the current drought, scientists and policymakers at the US Forest Service and Sierra Nevada Conservancy are looking ahead. We spoke with Sierra Nevada Conservancy executive director Jim Branham and USFS scientist Don Yasuda about how the joint Watershed Improvement Program can improve the health of California’s forests and water supply. Branham said he’s particularly worried about the Sierra National Forest. “They’re estimating that half of their trees are dead or dying on their forest landscape, that’s hard to really even fathom because it’s such a significant challenge, and unfortunately we see that tree mortality creeping in a northerly direction,” says Branham.

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The Garden

How to Pet Proof Your Garden

This is the time of year when we love getting out into the garden again and so too our pet family members. This can lead to a Mexican stand off between gardener and garden wrecker. Master gardener Marianne Binetti shares ideas for keeping your pets from becoming pests in the garden.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Tick season is here – are you & your pet ready?

The risk of ticks on your pet doesn’t have to put an end to outdoor activities. With a few precautions and knowing how to find and remove ticks, you and your pet can still have plenty of relaxing walks in nature.

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Stargazing

SOHO – Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, 20 Years & Counting

Originally planned for a two-year mission, the ESA–NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO, is today celebrating two decades of scientific discovery. Launched on 2 December 1995, the satellite enjoys an uninterrupted view of our star from some 1.5 million kilometres beyond Earth in the direction of the Sun. Its numerous mission extensions have allowed it to cover nearly all of two 11-year solar cycles, making it the longest-lived Sun-watching satellite to date. During its pioneering career it has returned a wealth of new information on the Sun’s deep core through to the hot and dynamic outer atmosphere, the solar wind and solar energetic particles.

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Sure to make you smile!

Even a Dog Knows There IS A God

On the evening of the last day of his October 1995 visit to the United States, Pope John Paul II was scheduled to greet the seminarians at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. It had been a very full day that began with a Mass at Oriole Park in Camden Yards; a parade through downtown streets; a visit to the Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in the country; lunch at a local soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities; a prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore; and finally a quick stop at Saint Mary’s Seminary.

The schedule was tight so the plan was simply to greet the seminarians while they stood outside on the steps. But the Pope made his way through their ranks and into the building. His plan was to first make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. When his wishes were made known, security flew into action. They swept the building, paying close attention to the chapel where the Pope would be praying. For this purpose, highly trained dogs were used to detect any person who might be present.

The dogs are trained to locate survivors in collapsed buildings after earthquakes and other disasters. These highly intelligent and eager dogs quickly went through the halls, offices and classrooms and were then sent to the chapel. They went up and down the aisles, past the pews and finally into the side chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. Upon reaching the tabernacle, the dogs sniffed, whined, pointed, and refused to leave, their attention riveted on the tabernacle, until called by their handlers. They were convinced that they discovered someone there. We Catholics know they were right—they found a real, living Person in the tabernacle!
(We thank Robert Ritchie from America Needs Fatima for this great story)

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