January 11, 2017

Celebrating 9 Years Online

Website will update again on January 17, 2018

Did You Know?

That SEARCH DOGS are being used extensively for the California mudslides? The small white border collie with black spots ran up the side of what used to be a roof of a house at Olive Mill and Hot Springs roads with his handler, Capt. Davis Doty of the Orange County Fire Authority. “Kneel!” Doty yelled at Jester. He obeyed.

For first responders searching through the mud and wreckage, their furry companions become more than just assistants.


Good News

United Poultry Concerns

United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the compassionate and respectful treatment of chickens, turkeys, ducks and other domestic fowl. We hold that the treatment of these birds in the areas of food production, science, education, entertainment, and human companionship situations has a significant effect upon human, animal, and environmental welfare. We seek to make the public aware of the ways in which poultry are used, and to promote the benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle. We provide information through our quarterly magazine Poultry Press, our Website at www.upc-online.org, and our sanctuary in Machipongo, Virginia on the Eastern Shore. We invite you to join us and support our work.


In the News

New Jersey To Ban Wild Animal Circus Acts

After overwhelmingly sweeping the Senate by a vote of 31-0, New Jersey now leads as the first U.S. state to ban traveling wild animal acts.

Last year, Illinois and New York similarly banned all traveling acts with elephants, but New Jersey is the first to prohibit all wild or exotic animals in traveling shows.

Circuses have been on the decline ever since Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey folded its tents for good in May of last year. As audiences turn away from animal circuses in droves, a number of jurisdictions are considering bans on wild animal circus acts–including a federal bill called the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.


Picture of the Week

Harp seals prefer to swim in the ocean, spending relatively little time on land. These are extremely social animals and they can be very noisy, as well. They will form large colonies where they spend a great deal of time. Within that loose structure, smaller groups with their own hierarchy are believed to form. Sometimes, these large groups will have to go their separate ways there. Many harp seals are able to live up to 30 years in the wild. After 12 days the mothers abandon their babies and it remains an unfortunate fact that Canada continues their inhumane hunt of these vulnerable babies.

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.


Susi’s Weekly Column

Living  A Happier New Year

~by Susi Pittman

My column this week is a quick read…but it delivers a sure-fire method to make this year one of your best ever!


Catholic Journeyman

Old Faded Photos

~by Louis Templeman

Billions of us on this fascinating, beautiful and maddening planet have the same moment; the same eternal here and now. In this moment, I will be good to myself.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nature Makes Do–Well Sometimes

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Wildlife does, quite often, finds alternatives to the natural features that it has lost to the human animal. Usually with surprising success.


Weekly Commentary

The Real Issues underlying the Dreamers Debate

~by John Horvat II

The problem with the “dreamer” debate is that it has little to do with children or their dreams.

Most of the “dreamer children” are now adults. On average, the 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who entered America illegally as minors—alone, or brought by parents or relatives—are about 24-years-old today. Their dreams are also nothing unique or special. They consist of a path toward U.S. citizenship, a goal shared by millions worldwide.

Put succinctly, the only difference between “dreamers” and the millions of other minors who entered America illegally over the last half-century is a bureaucratic one: At some point within the last five or so years “dreamers” filed a DACA application.


Catholic Writers


Michael Brown returned to the Catholic faith in the early 1980s, a ‘metanoia’ that included an experience with the Archangel Michael. He attended Fordham University, where he obtained a degree in communications, specializing in print journalism. Upon graduation he was hired as a general assignment reporter for The Binghamton, New York Sun-Bulletin. In 1976 he authored his first book, a journalistic and scientific look at those who claimed psychokinesis. In 1977 he rejoined The Niagara Gazette as a full-time reporter, covering outlying cities and towns and focusing on toxic-waste dumps in nearby towns. He then became the city hall reporter for Niagara Falls and a columnist. It was during this time that his focus turned to a toxic dump in the city itself, which soon became famous as ‘Love Canal.’ Through the grace of God, Love Canal grew into a major national and international story and sparked interest in the toxic waste problem. Michael also uncovered other toxic-waste threats. Michael’s reporting was nominated for three categories of the Pulitzer Prize and drew a special award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Michael moved to Manhattan and wrote a book for Pantheon (a division of Random House) entitled Laying Waste: The Poisoning of America by Toxic Chemicals. He also served as a contributing editor to Science Digest Magazine. In the early 1980s, while writing a book about the Mafia, he experienced a dramatic return to his Catholic faith (detailed in his book Prayer of the Warrior. He has written well over 15 books with one of his most recent works being What You Take To Heaven. He and wife Lisa have three children, Elizabeth Grace, Joseph Michael, and Mary Rose, plus an African Gray parrot, Mikie, and are founders of the Catholic news website Spirit Daily. They live near St. Augustine, Florida.

Recommended Read

What You Take To Heaven

Michael H. Brown delves deeply into the concept of the “life review”; how our lives are evaluated upon passing by the Lord and His angels, the way in which our time on earth is evaluated (judged), and the importance of fulfilling and discerning our individual missions. This fascinating, powerful book will leave no doubt about the unfathomable kindness and understanding of God; His Mercy; and the beyond-phenomenal splendor of the destination we know as Heaven. Culled from Church teaching, near-death experiences, saints, and other sources, including modern revelations.


Quote of the Week

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

~ C.S. Lewis ~

Catholic Saints

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

Geology & Archaeology

Two Shipwrecks Found Off Yucatan Peninsula

Two shipwrecks, a total of 12 cannons, and a sunken nineteenth-century lighthouse have been discovered off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, according to a report in the Live Science. Helena Barba Meinecke of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said the first ship is a Dutch warship dating to the eighteenth century. A letter written in 1722 by Antonio de Cortaire, who was then Yucatan governor, blames north winds for the sinking of two Dutch ships in 1722.


Global Weather

Global Warming or New Ice Age?

A record deep-freeze in the United States, severe flash floods in Singapore, a blistering heatwave in Sydney, record low temperatures in normally balmy Bangladesh and a severe cold snap across large parts of China. And now blizzards in Hokkaido, while Tokyo basks in unusually warm weather.



Rethinking the Airplane for Climate’s Sake

The concept, called distributed propulsion, is one of several being studied here and at other research centers to develop technologies that could lead to completely new and far less polluting aircraft designs. Future planes may be powered by batteries or hybrid gas-electric systems, for instance, and have lighter wings that can quickly change shape to better handle the stresses brought on by turbulent air.



Bucknell Immersive Summer Program – Real World Sustanability

Whether kayaking down the Susquehanna River, advising the University about land use or digging deep into an organic farm’s practices, participants in Bucknell’s Institute for Leadership in Sustainable Technology (ILST) are immersed in an experience that changes the way they view sustainability from the local to global levels.



Year in Review: Conservation Wins of 2017

The year 2017 was a big year for conservation—a year of many accomplishments and challenges, for WCN and our partners. As we step into 2018, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of our wins for last year, to celebrate them and to gear ourselves for the future. Here are a few (among many) accomplishments we are very thankful for:



Farm Animal Welfare-ASPCA

In polling, 94% of Americans agree that animals raised for food deserve to live free from abuse and cruelty. Yet the majority of the nearly 10 billion farm animals raised each year in the U.S. suffer in conditions that consumers would not accept if they could see them. Most of our meat, milk and eggs come from industrial farms where efficiency trumps welfare—and animals are paying the price.


God’s Green Earth

The Red Fox in the Snow

Farm News

FARMER to FARMER–Catholic Relief Services

The Farmer-to-Farmer Program promotes sustainable economic growth, food security, and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities helps developing countries to improve productivity, access new markets, and conserve environmental and natural resources. This people-to-people exchange promotes international goodwill, understanding of US foreign assistance programs, and private involvement in development activities. Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers work with farmers, producer groups, rural businesses, and service providers to develop local capacity necessary to increase food production and rural incomes, expand economic growth, and address environmental and natural resource management challenges.


Steward Alerts

Movies for Future Men

I have one bedrock principle that guides my viewing choices for my children and teens: Kids imitate what they watch. Always. No matter what.

After Star Wars, they play Star Wars; after a Nazi movie, they play Nazis. This is the principle which caused me to ban certain movies.  Then I decided to apply the principle pro-actively. I decided to use movietime to show my boys the kinds of behavior I want them to imitate.


Steward Activities

The Integrated Catholic Life–Resources Page

Welcome to the Resource Pages of the Integrated Catholic Life™.

This is a new initiative where we will bring audio, video and other presentation files for conferences, talks and studies sponsored by the Integrated Catholic Life™ and others. Use the navigation menu located on the left sidebar to select an item of interest.

We hope these resources will assist you to integrate your faith throughout your daily life. Other resource files will be added frequently, so check back often.

—Deacon Michael Bickerstaff


A Song Before The Lord

Canticle of the Sun


Winter Doldrums? How to create an amazing terrarium

Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there’s an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and terrariums aren’t just beautiful—they’re fun to make too. Any glass container can be transformed into a terrarium, from a tiny glass pendant to a 50-gallon fish tank, so you can have several all around your home in all shapes and sizes, with an assortment of different plants inside! Read on to learn how you can make your own today.


Wellness & Nutrition

It’s still not too late to get your flu vaccine

Meant to get vaccinated in the fall to ward off the flu, but somehow didn’t get around to it? Think it’s too late to get vaccinated now?

Not so. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), vaccinations can be protective as long as flu viruses are circulating. And although seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, flu activity usually peaks in January or February, and can last well into May.



What about that SPACEX flight with a Top Secret Payload?

Late Sunday night, SpaceX appeared to successfully launch a classified satellite named Zuma for some unknown government agency — but it’s possible the mysterious spacecraft may have been lost once in space. Rumors started circulating on Monday that the satellite malfunctioned when it reached orbit, and both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have reported that Zuma actually fell back to Earth and burned up in the planet’s atmosphere. So what really happened to the satellite? No one is speaking up on the record, but it seems clear that something went wrong.



Mom said it was hereditary. Somewhere down the line Grandpa stepped out with a Siamese.


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