HOME PAGE: January 20, 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~


Did You Hear?

THAT stray cats are getting a warm welcome in a Turkish mosque?

A kind Imam has decided to open up his mosque to the stray cats and kittens of Istanbul, so they can eat and safely rest their heads away from the perils of the outdoors. Imam Mustafa Efe calls the cats “guests” of the mosque, and they’ve made themselves quite at home.


Good News

Amazing reunion of a lost dog with his best friend

Kase the family dog went missing early last December, leaving Khane his little boy companion completely heartbroken. The Williams family searched for weeks and eventually found the pooch hiding right under their noses. “He was found right down the street from our house. A nice family had taken him in and kept him warm and fed,” said Khane’s mother Paula Williams.


And yet another lost dog finds his way home

A Georgia couple whose dog had been missing for two years is reunited with their best friend right before Thanksgiving. Years ago, the couple rescued their dog named Bear. Two years ago, Bear ran away.

Ted said he ran away after being scared in a car accident. “I rear-ended somebody and the accident startled Bear, and he ran across I-20 in Georgia and into the woods,” he said. “I spent 12 hours that day searching, calling his name, combing the area, finding absolutely nothing and that’s how I lost him” They knew they would find him someday but they didn’t know how.

In the News

183 years old and going strong

A caloric increase is helping the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world — a giant tortoise — reclaim his health and vigor, a veterinarian reports. At 183 years old, Jonathan, who resides on the tiny Atlantic island of St. Helena, is now eating like a king. Until recently, the giant tortoise munched on twigs, leaves and grass, an unhealthy diet for such a large and aging tortoise. But now, he’s being served a more nutritious menu, including apples, carrots, cucumbers, bananas and guava.


Picture of the Week

The Saola was discovered in May 1992 during a joint survey carried out by the Ministry of Forestry of Vietnam and WWF in north-central Vietnam. The find proved to be the first large mammal new to science in more than 50 years and one of the most spectacular zoological discoveries of the 20th century.

Often called the Asian unicorn, little is known about the enigmatic Saola in the two decades since its discovery. None exist in captivity and this rarely-seen mammal is already critically endangered. Scientists have categorically documented Saola in the wild on only four occasions to date.

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

Adopting A Dog: Tips to help you in the search for your perfect forever family member

~by Susi Pittman

Adding a new pet family member in your home should be one of the most informed and researched decisions you should make. You want this to be a decision that matches new puppy or dog forever with new family. Otherwise all involved lose.


Catholic Journeyman

The Homeless Man’s Sign

~by Louis Templeman

It was just a moment in time when eyes caught something so profound that the weight of the spiritual experience settles into the heart like an ancient love story.


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

A TRUE LOSS: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq flattened by Isis

(Modal Trigger US soldiers celebrate an Easter Catholic Mass inside St. Elijah’s Monastery in April 2010.Photo: AP)

The St Elijah’s Monastery, which is also known as Dair Mar Elia, was knocked down by extremists some time around August and September 2014, analysts believe.

Images provided by DigitalGlobe now show what appear to be grey dust and tyre tracks where previously a 27,000 sq ft building had stood for 1,400 years in Nineveh Governate, just south of Mosul.


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Geology & Archaeology

The North Salem Balanced Rock

Unlike most rock attractions, this one has conveniently balanced itself next to a normal road, and has its own sign and parking area. How did this 60-ton boulder end up balanced atop five much smaller rocks? Scientists say it was a glacier; pseudo-scientists say it was hauled into place by pre-Vikings from the Bronze Age. There is certainly more to this story.


Global Weather


The mysterious red rain of Kerala, India baffled the entire world back in 2001. Several explanations were put forward to explain the unusual red stain of the rain. Some were simply rejected and some partially (yes, partially) accepted with several questions remaining unanswered.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Sister Maria Antonia

Sister Maria Antonia, also known as Cecy Cony, was a nun and autobiographical author of the twentieth century. Born in 1900, her curious childhood was marked by physical sensations of her guardian angel, which she eventually wrote about in her autobiography Under Angel Wings: The True Story of a Young Girl and Her Guardian Angel. She became a nun of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, her work being published in 1953 by St. Anthony’s Guild, New Jersey. Sister Antonia’s book was also printed by TAN in 2000 with the Nihil Obstat, Imprimatur, and Imprimi Potest.

“Obliged by obedience, Sister Maria Antonia wrote the recollections of her life with a certain repugnance, and after asking the special help of Our Lord. As she finished each of the six notebooks of which the autobiography consists, she handed them in to her religious supe­riors, and did not ask anything further about them…”

It was only after she died that the notebooks were published.

A Recommended Read

UNDER ANGELS WINGS–The true story of a young girl and her guardian angel

Under Angel Wings is the true story of a young girl in Brazil who saw and heard her Guardian Angel during most of her life. The book is filled with real-life anecdotes which are edifying, moving and often humorous.

Cecy (See-see) Cony (1900-1937) tells story after story of how her Guardian Angel – whom she calls her “New Friend” – kept her from lying, stealing, revenge, immodesty, and from watching certain movies. She also describes how he protected her in moral dangers which she did not even understand, and how he aided her when she got into trouble because she was a “simpleton,” as she puts it. Most beautiful of all, she relates how her Guardian Angel taught her to make sacrifices for Jesus and guided her in practicing acts of charity.

Cecy describes many incidents of temptation from her youth. In each one, we see the beautiful way in which her Guardian Angel led his little charge to perfect contrition for her faults and turned all these difficult situations to good. Under Angel Winds reveals God’s great love and care for His children on earth. It reminds us that He has also given each of us our own “New Friend” who has a similar, even if less visible, love and care for us.


Quote of the Week

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder.

~Albert Schweitzer~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Thomas Aquinas


2015 global temps warmest on record

Global temperatures in 2015 were the warmest on record, according to data published by meteorologists in the UK and US. US data suggests that 2015 “shattered” the temperature record by the widest margin ever recorded. Experts say the record temperatures were due to a combination of El Niño and human-induced warming.



The WaterHub at Emory University

The WaterHub® is an on-site water recycling system on the Emory University campus which utilizes eco-engineering processes to clean waste water for future non-potable uses. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the United States. Emory’s WaterHub® is capable of recycling up to 400,000 gallons-per-day –nearly 40% of Emory’s total campus water needs.

The system will reduce Emory’s draw of water from Atlanta’s municipal water supply by up to 146 million gallons of water annually. The WaterHub® includes a 50,000 gallon emergency water reserve which will allow Emory’s heating and cooling systems to function for an average of seven hours, depending on seasonal operating demands, in the event of any disruption in water availability.


God’s Green Earth

Midnight Awakenings

Farm News

Don’t believe the lie: Organic Farming CAN feed the world!

One of the arguments often used to defend genetically-modified (GM) crops purports that biotechnology is necessary to feed the world, as non-GM and organic farming methods by themselves are incapable of producing enough food for everyone. But the truth of the matter is that organic farming by itself is fully capable of feeding the world — we just need to make a few changes to the way we grow and raise our food, which includes putting an end to the factory farming methods that are destroying our health and the planet.


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.


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

VIRIDISSIMA–Hildegard von Bingen

Environmental Education

Microbeads versus the Environment

Environmentalists and scientists have discovered large quantities of microbeads in Australian waterways, which in some instances end up in the food chain, including in fish. Microbeads can also attract toxic substances and as with most plastics, do not disintegrate. Scientist Professor Emma Johnson found that out of 100 particles in Sydney Harbour, 60 were micro plastics. In one study in Canada in 2013, Lake Ontario was found to contain 1.1 million plastic particles per square kilometre. For their part, scientists and environmentalists say a voluntary ban is a good start but is not strong enough.



How much do you know about DIRT?

As a gardener, you might be surprised by how much you do & don’t know about the dirt you work with. Take this fun quiz and test your DIRT IQ.


Wellness & Nutrition

Pregnant U.S. women found with Zika virus: WHAT IS ZIKA?

On January 15, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a first-of-its-kind travel alert: All women of childbearing age, whether pregnant or not, were told to avoid countries where the Zika virus has been circulating.

That’s because Zika, a tropical disease carried from person to person by mosquitoes, has been linked to birth defects and deaths in newborns in Brazil.

Brazil has been battling the largest Zika outbreak yet, with more than a million people infected. But the virus has been identified in 19 other countries and territories in South and Central America and the Caribbean, including Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.



It appears Planet X is for real



So I just saw Kung Fu Panda III and have learned these killer moves!


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