HOME PAGE: February 10, 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~

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The Lenten season; forty days of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation for the greatest moment in universal history.

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Did You Hear?

THAT apparently the real winners of Super Bowl 50 were man’s best friend! Between the Puppy Bowl and a number of fur-filled Super Bowl ads, there’s no doubt that dogs came out on top. Take a look at these five memorable ads featuring our favorite furry friends this year.

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We certainly missed seeing this little guy this year.

Good News

Julia the Wolf-Dog-Hybrid Is Rescued

Last week, a woman was walking in Los Angeles when she spotted what appeared to be a homeless dog. She took a picture and texted it to California rescue group Hope for Paws. While it was obvious the animal was “disoriented and clearly very sick,” Hope for Paws wrote, she also stood out in one other way: her species.

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In the News

China’s genetically customized animals – a huge worry

Chinese researchers have adopted the new gene-customizing technology called CRISPR–Cas9, a technique developed in the U.S. about three years ago. CRISPR uses enzymes to precisely locate and snip out segments of DNA, much like a word-processor finding and deleting a given phrase—a process known as “gene-editing.” Although it is not the first tool scientists have used to tweak DNA, it is by far more precise and cheaper than past technologies. The apparent ease of this powerful method now raises both tantalizing possibilities and pressing ethical questions.

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Picture of the Week

MARCH FOR LIFE – January 22, 2016 – Washington D.C.

This year’s March for Life was carried out, even though Washington D.C. was buried in a record snow fall. The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.

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

Let the fasting and penance begin!

~by Susi Pittman

It is the season to reconcile ourselves with our God and why we need to do this is as old as the Church herself.

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Catholic Journeyman

Your Makeover in Christ

~by Louis Templeman

How would you describe your faith?

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

All Creation Praises the Lord

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

It is a celebration of life in the natural realm in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Come and join in the joy!

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Weekly Commentary

Examining our consciences and Lent – by Brian Kranick

Lent is our time to be with Jesus in the desert, where He, in His humanity, experienced weakness, hunger and temptation. Jesus entered fully into our humanity and was like us in all things except sin. This is the unique mystery of the Incarnation, where our God suffers as one of us. Jesus can identify with each of us in our hunger, and we can identify with Him in His hunger. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert” (CCC 540). Jesus’ fasting was a preparation for His public ministry and His Passion and death.

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Geology & Archaeology

Badger Discovers 4,000 Year Old Archer’s Burial

A Bronze Age burial was discovered near Stonehenge after a badger dug up a cremation urn and other pieces of pottery and left them on the surface of the ground. Senior archaeologist Richard Osgood of the Ministry of Defense told BBC News that the burial, which included a bronze saw, an archer’s wrist guard, a copper chisel, shaft straighteners, and cremated human remains, may have belonged to an archer or a person who made archery equipment. The badger’s claw marks can be seen on some of the pottery fragments.

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Global Weather

January winter weather causes $4 billion loss to global economy

Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, today launches the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during January 2016. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon. The report reveals that a powerful winter storm brought prodigious snowfall, high winds, coastal flooding, freezing rain, ice, sleet, and severe thunderstorms to the Eastern United States during the second half of January, killing 58 people and injuring dozens of others.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is the award-winning author of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His works have been translated into many languages. He has hosted nine television series and several documentary films and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio. Critics have praised Aquilina’s work for making the Fathers accessible to non-academic readers: “Most scholars … study the paper trail — homilies, letters, teaching manuals, works of theological disputation … Aquilina loves the words, too. But he also finds the sermon in the stuff, the theology expressed in the little things that the first Christians left behind — fading murals on catacomb walls, pottery and dishware, pieces of coinage, ancient hymns and Mass prayers, common household items … The point is that for Aquilina, the little things matter — because they tell us big things about what Catholics believe and how they look at the world.

A Recommended Read

A Year With The Church Fathers – by Mike Aquilina

Times change, but human nature does not. Neither do the daily struggles that all Christians experience in their walk with the Lord. Today as two thousand years ago we fight anger, pride, lust, spiritual sloth. Now as then we strive to be more diligent in prayer, more faithful to the commandments, more patient and charitable toward others. And in our time, no less than in the earliest centuries of Christianity, we need wise guidance to direct us on the road to holiness.

In A Year with the Church Fathers , popular Patristics expert Mike Aquilina gathers the wisest, most practical teachings and exhortations from the Fathers of the Church, and presents them in a format perfect for daily meditation and inspiration. The Fathers were the immediate inheritors of the riches of the Apostolic Age, and their intimacy with the revelation of Jesus Christ is beautifully evident throughout their theological and pastoral writings: a profound patrimony that is ours to read and cherish and profit from.

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Quote of the Week

Renounce yourself in order to follow Christ; discipline your body; do not pamper yourself, but love fasting.

~Saint Benedict~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Polycarp

Climate

Climate change to make transatlantic flights longer

Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study. Global warming is likely to speed up the jet stream, say researchers, and slow down planes heading for the US. While eastbound flights from the US will be quicker, round-trip journeys will “significantly lengthen”. The University of Reading scientists believe the changes will increase carbon emissions and fuel consumption and potentially raise ticket prices. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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Sustainability

How to keep your forests and have your paper too

The overall health of the world’s forests continues to be a concern, and the best path to sustainable forest management is often hotly debated. How do we maintain our forestland while simultaneously meeting the current demand for wood and paper products?

In the United States, more than one-third of forests are family-owned. That number rises in the Southeastern U.S., where nearly 60 percent of forestland is owned by small landowners. Although often overlooked, protecting these small forests actually has the potential to exponentially affect forest health on a much larger scale. That’s why small landowners play a critically important role and why we believe it is so important to empower them to certify their land through a recognized third-party organization such as the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).

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God’s Green Earth

The Night

Farm News

600 pound pig escapes from New Hampshire farm, goes to vote

On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire lined up to cast their votes for candidates in the primary election. Among the eager citizens was this 600-pound pig, which escaped from a farm and hung out around a polling station in the town of Pelham. Police contacted the owner, who retrieved the pig before it had a chance to cast a ballot.

Steward Alerts

The Church Militant 4th Annual Retreat At Sea

Saturday, April 2 – Saturday, April 9, 2016: Round trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico. In the months leading up to the cruise, we will regularly monitor fares to see if they are reduced, and our retreatants who qualify will receive the lowered fare. To reserve your spot, all that’s needed is a deposit of 20% of the base cruise fare. Those who book earliest are considered first for possible complimentary upgrades.

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Steward Activities

The Movie RISEN – Review by Junno Arocho Esteves, The Catholic Review

Hollywood is no stranger to movies depicting the life and death of Christ, trying to present Jesus from the perspective of the Gospels, which are the written accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry from those closest to him. Joseph Fiennes, the actor starring in “Risen,” said his new project seeks to illustrate the story of Christ’s death and resurrection from a unique perspective. “We’re seeing this narrative play out, which is dear to millions of us and means so much, through the eyes of a skeptic, through the eyes of a nonbeliever,” Fiennes told Catholic News Service Feb. 4.

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A Song Before The Lord

Come Back To Me

Environmental Education

Horses can read human emotions

Psychologists studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. When viewing angry faces, horses looked more with their left eye, a behaviour associated with perceiving negative stimuli. Their heart rate also increased more quickly and they showed more stress-related behaviours. The study, published today (10 February) in Biology Letters, concludes that this response indicates that the horses had a functionally relevant understanding of the angry faces they were seeing. The effect of facial expressions on heart rate has not been seen before in interactions between animals and humans.

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Gardening

Time your gardening with the lunar phases to increase your production

For ages, farmers worldwide have looked to the night sky to determine the right time to fertilize, sow, prune, weed or harvest. Some skeptics say planting by the cycles of the moon is just an old folklore, others swear by it. The renewed attention for lunar gardening may be a reaction against the growing industrialization which drives huge numbers of people looking for methods to reconnect with the rhythm of our planet.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Can my dog get the flu?

Flu season has arrived—for humans and for dogs. As people march into medical centers to nab their annual vaccination, veterinarians across the country are recommending that dog owners consider a similar immunization for their four-legged companions.

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Stargazing

New window on the universe to be announced February 11th

The first-ever detection of gravitational waves, which scientists could announce Thursday, would open a new window on the universe and its most violent phenomena Scientists will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the latest in their hunt for these waves, whose existence Albert Einstein predicted in his theory of general relativity 100 years ago, according to a statement from the National Science Foundation, which has funded the research.

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Smile

Lemur Travolta working the dance

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