HOME PAGE: January 13,2016

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~


What LOVE Can DO

Did You Know?

THAT, for the first time in a century, a confirmed resident pack of wolves are now living in the Golden State of California, thanks in great part to the hard work by Defenders of Wildlife. The Shasta Pack is the first documented wolf pack in the Golden State in nearly a century, and represents a huge milestone for wolf recovery.


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

ASPCA steps to aid horses in Soth Carolina

ASPCA responders deployed to Orangeburg County, South Carolina, this week to provide emergency assistance for 19 horses. The horses were surrendered by an overwhelmed caregiver, and the ASPCA responded at the request of Orangeburg County Animal Control.


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

6 Perfect Tips For 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

A Close Moment

~by Louis Templeman

Have you taken time to offer the Lord just a moment of personal silence in which He might draw near? Here is Lou’s take on a particular moment for him.


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Spiritually powerful, infinitely humbling, eternally renewing, AND it offers amazing grace and union with Jesus.


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.


Weekly Commentary

When the dead go home to God

~by Regis Martin

When my mother-in-law died, following a long and unhappy illness, her passing was seen by all as a blessed and merciful release. Free at last—that was the universal refrain among family and friends. It was not just the burden of old age, whose cumulative debilities wore her down, but the ravages of Alzheimer’s, which left her ever more desperate and disoriented. After such an awful and protracted ordeal, we were grateful to see her go home to God.


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A Division of Engineering Services & Products Company, FARMTEK was founded in 1979 with the purpose of bringing the highest quality products at the most competitive prices with exceptional customer service directly to the agricultural, horticultural, building and retail trade communities.


Geology & Archaeology

Archaeologosts discover worlds oldest tea buried with Chinese Emperor

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest tea in the world among the treasures buried with a Chinese emperor. New scientific evidence suggests that ancient Chinese royals were partial to a cuppa – at least 2150 years ago. Indeed, they seem to have liked it so much that they insisted on being buried with it – so they could enjoy a cup of char in the next world.


Global Weather

Global Warming, El Nino combine to fuel extreme weather globally for coming months

A series of weather disasters has shaken the world in recent weeks, with deadly floods in the United States and Britain adding to ongoing droughts in Brazil, South Africa and India. Global warming is partly to blame because it heats up the world’s oceans and sends evaporated water into the atmosphere, where it generates more heat, says Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at U.S. online news service Weather Underground.


Discovering 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.

A 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 ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Hilary of Poitiers


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.



Biomass power could help California’s dying forests

Millions of dead trees in California create a huge risk of wildfire. It’s led Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency that will require utilities, power plants and state agencies to work together. Biomass power plants can create energy from those dead trees. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, biomass plants alone won’t solve the crisis.


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

9 Days For Life

On January 22 our nation will mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. Since that tragic decision, more than 57 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence. Join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer for a Culture of Life from Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Sunday, January 24, 2016.


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

Environmental Education

What is certified humane?

You may have seen ‘Certified Humane’ and similar claims on meat packages, but what do they really mean? Sadly, not very much. ‘Certified Humane’ labels prey on people’s consciences, using misleading and confusing information to make customers feel they are doing the right thing for animals. ‘Humane’ labels are often no more than labels – ‘Certified Humane’ proudly claims to audit slaughterhouses, yet this is no more than meeting its obligations under the American Meat Institute standards.



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.



Momentum builds for creation of Moon Villages

Villages on the moon, constructed through cooperation between astronauts and robotic systems on the lunar surface, could become a reality as early as 2030. That’s the consensus of a recent international conference of scientists, engineers and industry experts, including Clive Neal, a University of Notre Dame planetary geologist.



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


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