HOME PAGE: February 3, 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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Did You Hear?

THAT Ludivine the hound dog finished 7th in Alabama marathon?

Some people train ahead of a race for months, but this fit as a butcher’s dog just decided to turn up on the day. A canine from Alabama has become an internet star after running a 13.1 mile half-marathon and finishing an impressive seventh place with a time of 1:32.56.

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Good News

A Great Year for Animals – Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting harmful animal protection legislation, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.

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In the News

U.K. designates 23 new Marine Conservation Zones

The designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones mean that 8,000 square miles of UK waters now have environmental protection. Originally 127 sites were proposed as MCZs. The government has so far committed to designating 50, covering an area the size of Wales. The designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) means that 20% of English waters are now considered protected. The sites range from the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds in the North Sea, down to Land’s End in the South West.

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Picture of the Week

The male peacock doesn’t start growing their showy trains until about age three. In fact, it’s hard to tell the sex of a peachick because they’re nearly identical to their mothers. At around six months, the males will begin to change colorThe peacocks shed their train every year after mating season, so the feathers can be gathered and sold without the birds coming to any harm. The average lifespan of a peacock in the wild is about 20 years.

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

Do what is right before God, not man

~by Susi Pittman

Faced with doing what is right before God gets complicated if your spirit is overshadowed by your ego.

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Catholic Journeyman

Getting the Most from Life

~by Louis Templeman

Are you a storage tank of life’s riches…or have you found the real depository of lifelong wealth?

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Losing Nature

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

The continued loss of the natural realm and the beauteous creatures that adorn its corridors has Virginia querying what lies ahead.

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Weekly Commentary

Letter to a priest–by William Luse

Like most of you, I try to follow St. Peter’s advice and always be ready with a reason for what I believe, though I’d rather not have to ready myself against fellow Catholics, especially priests, let alone a pope. I (like most of you?) would much rather just sit in the pew and trust that the guys in the robes will say and do the right thing. Having to enter a Catholic church with my error-radar raised high, probing the air for evidence of an enemy incursion, is distracting, but over the years I think many of us have developed the habit, some willingly, others with reluctance. I hope I’m among the latter.

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Geology & Archaeology

New York wants to turn off Niagara Falls

The American side of Niagara Falls could soon run dry, if a new proposal from the New York State Office of Parks achieves regulatory approval. Earlier this month, the agency announced its intention to temporarily dewater American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, two of three adjacent waterfalls collectively known as Niagara Falls, to replace a series of aging bridges that connect various parts of Niagara Falls State Park. Over a century old, the concrete arch bridges cross over the Niagara River to provide pedestrian access to Goat Island. Since their construction in 1900, the structures have deteriorated significantly; they were closed in 2004, when park authorities ordered the construction two temporary bridges above the ailing concrete overpasses.

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Global Weather

Like the U.S, Freezing Weather Grips Central & Eastern Europe

Europe receives copious amount of snowfall that has resulted in temperatures dipping below zero in many countries. After a record-breaking warm December, Europe finally entered winter at the very end of 2015. An incursion of Arctic air flowed across Finland in the first week of January and spread down to the Black Sea, prompting rapid snowfall in Turkey. The sudden cold really showed on January 3 when temperatures plunged in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, managing a high for the day of -14C, a 17 degree swing in a week. Belarus has now been continuously below freezing since the early hours of December 27.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

PAUL THIGPEN

Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., is the editor of TAN Books and the best-selling author, co-author or compiler of forty-one titles. Among his most popular books are The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come and The Rapture Trap: A Catholic Response to End Times Fever. A favored book among many Catholics is his informative book on Saints Who Battled Satan. A convert to the Catholic faith, Paul has served the Church as an award-winning journalist, historian, apologist, catechist, and member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into twelve languages.

A Recommended Read

Saints Who Battled Satan

The war is on. The Devil plots to defeat you. Meet some battle-tested warriors who fight at your side.Satan is real. He’s a formidable foe who wants to snatch us away from God, and the thought of doing battle with him can seem daunting. Even so, the saints who have gone before us have engaged the Devil, armed with the power of Christ … and emerged victorious! These fellow warriors in heaven now fight on our behalf. In Saints Who Battled Satan, Paul Thigpen, author of Manual for Spiritual Warfare, details the heroic combat of 17 saints who defeated the Enemy.

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Quote of the Week

Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer, except that which lies outside of the will of God.

~ Phillips Brooks ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Blaise

Climate

Argentina fighting a locust plague the size of Delaware

A plague of locusts greater than any Argentina has seen in 60 years is threatening to destroy that nation’s farms. The insatiable insects now cover a territory the size of Delaware, and authorities are warning that exterminating the brood is no longer possible. Argentina, like much of the world, has been experiencing warmer and wetter summers due in part to climate change. These conditions provide ideal breeding grounds for locusts. The swarms in Argentina mirror a worldwide trend of increased challenges from agricultural pests that benefit from the climate upheaval.

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Sustainability

What the 4th industrial revolution means for sustainability

Against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps sparkling in the bright sun, I’ve been listening to some of the world’s most prominent business leaders discuss the next industrial revolution — and just what it will take to build a carbon-free economy. The World Economic Forum in Davos this week comes on the heels of the international climate meeting in Paris in December, and the energy and optimism from COP21 also is fueling Davos. Over the past few days, much of the conversation here has focused on the role the private sector will play to innovate and develop the technologies needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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God’s Green Earth

Winter’s Wildlife

Farm News

Australian farmer fights soil erosion with geometric fields


For one Australian farmer, saving his soil from erosion means using some innovative cultivating patterns by shaping his fields into huge geometric works of art. Brian Fischer, the farmer behind the gigantic patterns at Ashmore White Suffolk in Adelaide, started to create them following recent bushfires that consumed everything on his land, including trees and vegetation. As a result, it made his topsoil vulnerable to gusting winds.

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Steward Alerts

Doors of Mercy in Catholic Dioceses throughout the United States

During the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages each diocese to open a Holy Door, to which pilgrims can journey. This door represents the compassion, love, mercy, and consolation of God working in our lives. Check out your diocese’s Jubilee of Mercy page to see what resources your local community has for celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy.

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Steward Activities

Catholic Schools Week: January 31-February 6


National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, January 31-February 6. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.

“Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church’s mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission,” said Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education. He noted that Pope Francis reminded Catholic educators at the World Congress held in Rome in November to know the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and to offer them to students in Catholic schools as practical examples of how to live the Gospel. “By teaching the Good News of the Gospel, Catholic educators guide our students to Jesus Christ and his healing mercy,” Archbishop Lucas said.

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A Song Before The Lord

O Sanctissima


Environmental Education

The 10 WORST Zoos For Elephants

In Defense of Animals has released its respected annual list of the “Ten Worst Zoos For Elephants” in North America for 2015. In its twelfth-year, the list exposes the hidden suffering of elephants in zoos, where lack of space, unsuitably cold climates and unnatural conditions condemn Earth’s largest land mammals to lifetimes of deprivation, disease, despair, and early death.

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Gardening

Make this the year your garden becomes an official Certified Wildlife Habitat

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Protective factor found in farm milk


Fresh, unprocessed cow’s milk has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than does pasteurized, homogenized or low-fat milk. This factor partly explains why children who consume the unprocessed product are less likely to develop asthma. The long-term research project PASTURE followed over a thousand children living in rural areas, whose mothers kept records of their child’s nutrition and it’s illnesses up until the age of 6. The analysis of these health diaries revealed that the proportion of children who had developed asthma by that age was significantly lower in the cohort who had regularly consumed untreated farm milk.

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Stargazing

Voyager Mission celebrates 30 years since Uranus


Voyager 2 was launched on Aug. 20, 1977, 16 days before its twin, Voyager 1. In August 2012, Voyager 1 made history as the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, crossing the boundary encompassing our solar system’s planets, sun and solar wind. Voyager 2 is also expected to reach interstellar space within the next several years. Humanity has visited Uranus only once, and that was 30 years ago. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft got its closest look at the mysterious, distant, gaseous planet on Jan. 24, 1986.Voyager 2 sent back stunning images of the planet and its moons during the flyby, which allowed for about 5.5 hours of close study. The spacecraft got within 50,600 miles (81,500 kilometers) of Uranus during that time.

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Smile

I got your invitation…so what’s for dinner?

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