July 12, 2017

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Did you hear?

THAT…Olympic swimmer Mike Phelps agreed to race a great white shark?


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Good News

PET PRAYERS


Our prayer warriors here at CSC are perhaps the most unique in the country, they offer pet prayers for the needs of your beloved pet family. We receive many requests each week ranging from heartbreaking situations to just a request for The Creator’s continued blessings upon their pets. We ask that those submitting requests also remember to pray for the others who have also submitted a prayer request. Our CSC prayer warriors pray diligently and will always ask the Lord for His merciful assistance, but it is always accompanied by as you will it to be Lord. We all know that the Lord sees beyond the moment. He never lets a single creature slip from His gaze.

It is always very, very comforting to hear back from those who have received divine assistance. This past January we received great news from one of our readers: Hi I just wanted to let you know my kitty Sadie that I wrote you about  a couple days ago came back safe. She was a little sick from eating dirt but Vet gave her some medication and now she is better, thank you so much for  all the prayers. My friend also prayed to ST. Francis . Bless all you! Bonnie in Canada.

WELCOME HOME SADIE

On June 21st, Ellen B. asked us to pray for a friend’s dog Cash, who was a rescue dog and had been missing for over a week.

It was July 4th, 2016, weekend when we received – against all odds, the wonderful news that Cash had been found and reunited with his family.

Again, another rescue dog, a German shepherd by the name of Jaggar had been in a rescue kennel for a very long time. For months we prayed for the Lord to send his “perfect family” to him. We were all sure that in the Lord’s good time that would happen. Jaggar was a dog with special needs and would need a special family. He resided at Angel’s Bark Dog Rescue (please support them) for six months. We were notified by a petitioner that Jaggar was finally adopted and we present a picture of the happy family.

We encourage you to always turn to the Lord in prayer when your pets are in need. He does hear you! We are always ready and willing to join you in petitioning the Lord for your pets needs.

We are grateful to The Creator for His love of ALL His creation! We understand that all of creation is interconnected for a reason and that nothing is ever too small or too big not to ask the Lord for His help. We are after all, stewards of ALL that He has created.

Our prayer warriors wish to thank you for your continued support and ask that the Lord blesses each of you immensely for your stewardship of His great gift to you, the unconditional love of your beloved pet.

Peace and all joy, Susi

In the News

New wolf spider species found in Iran — new name from Harry Potter character


Iranian entomologist Alireza Naderi spotted the newfound spider near its burrow in a mountainous region of southeastern Iran’s Kerman Province. The wolf spider looks so much like Aragog, the giant, fictional spider from the “Harry Potter” series, that the creature is being named after the colossal arachnid, a new study reports.

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Picture of the Week

A Giraffe licks a Eurasian Red Squirrel.

The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel is a species of tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus common throughout Eurasia. The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent. In Great Britain, Italy and Ireland, numbers have decreased drastically in recent years. This decline is associated with the introduction by humans of the eastern grey squirrel from North America. In addition, habitat loss is a factor. Due to this, without conservation the species could disappear from those shores within a generation.

Ask Susi

Q: 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 Weekly Column

Into The Wilderness

~by Susi Pittman

In Mark 1: 12-13, Jesus went into the desert for forty days and nights and was with the wild beasts. What “beasts” might have been Jesus’ companions? Why was it important to even mention the animals?

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Catholic Journeyman

Be Shaken

~by Louis Templeman

Medical issues can change our lives in an instant, shake us up and leave us anxious and questioning. There is one “thing” that you must have “rock-solid” in your arsenal to cope.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

To Be or Not To Be—A Squirrel

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Love them or hate them, it’s hard not to identify with them…clever and quick learning they live life efficiently and seemingly carefree. The mind of God is indeed filled with humor!

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Weekly Commentary

Pray For Your Priests

~by Susanna Spencer


It is that time of year again—when the new priests have been ordained and the reassignments from the bishops are out and implemented. When I first heard that the beloved pastor at my mother’s parish was being transferred I wondered how she would take the news. I knew that she would experience sorrow, but I also knew that she would be one of the first to reach out to the new pastor of her parish with prayers and any support she could offer. She would still attend the daily Mass, receive the Sacraments from her pastor in persona Christi, be available to pray during adoration hours, and have him over for dinner. She would adjust to him as her new pastor, and I am sure that she already has, because my mother deeply appreciates all priests.

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Catholic Writers

Paul Kengor

Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision & Values. A New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, Kengor is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Kengor is an internationally recognized authority on several subjects, particularly Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, communism, conservatism, and progressivism. He is often quoted in major publications, from USA Today to the Los Angeles Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to the Washington Post to the Associated Press, as well as foreign publications ranging from the Irish Times to Pravda. Kengor has been a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC, PCN-TV, EWTN, and FoxNewsChannel, and is a regular columnist for Townhall and the American Spectator. He has appeared on many TV shows, including “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” the “World Over,” the “700 Club,” Lou Dobbs, and (from the past) “Hannity & Colmes,” “Tony Snow Live,” “Scarborough Country,” Ave Maria Radio Network/EWTN Radio.

Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio), where he was the commencement speaker in May 2009. Kengor, a native of Western Pennsylvania, lives with his wife Susan in Grove City, Pa., along with their eight children.

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Recommended Read

A Pope and A President

~By Paul Kengor


Paul Kengor reveals a singular bond—which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president—that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism.

Reagan and John Paul II almost didn’t have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. But their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together—to Moscow’s dismay.

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Quote of the Week

Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will – that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him.

~Saint Ignatius Loyola~

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Catholic Saints

Saint Bonaventure

Geology & Archaeology

St. Columba’s Cell On Iona Officially Verified

Archaeologists from the University of Glasgow have uncovered conclusive evidence that a wooden hut traditionally associated with St Columba at the monastery on the island of Iona does indeed date to his lifetime in the late sixth century AD.

St Columba, known in Gaelic as Colum Cille ‘the dove of the Church’, is widely revered as a key figure who brought Christianity to Scotland from Ireland, landing on Iona in AD 563.

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Climate

NASA test: Jet biofuel may reduce climate warming clouds


When you see long, white streamers trailing behind a jet plane high in the sky, you’re watching clouds in the making.

The streamers are called “contrails” (short for condensation trails) and consist of ice crystals that form when water vapor from jet-engine exhaust condenses and freezes in the frigid air where these planes cruise.

Depending on atmospheric conditions, a contrail may evaporate quickly or it may last. The persistent ones, buffeted by wind, can spread out into diffuse cirrus clouds. As delicate as these clouds appear, they have a significant warming effect on the planet.

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Global Weather

Severe Weather 101: Thunderstorms

Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

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Sustainability

Chemists find way to turn plastic waste into usable fuel

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) have found a new way to break down the strong bonds of polyethylene, the most commonly used synthetic plastic, and convert it into useful liquid fuels and waxes. The new technique is less toxic and less energy-intensive than current approaches to breaking down the polymers’ chemical bonds.

“Synthetic plastics are a fundamental part of modern life, but our use of them in large volume has created serious environmental problems,” said UCI chemist Zhibin Guan. “Our goal through this research was to address the issue of plastic pollution as well as achieving a beneficial outcome of creating a new source of liquid fuel.”

Guan and Zheng Huang, his collaborator at SIOC, together with their research team, sought out a more efficient process that could use milder conditions. They focused on the use of alkanes – specific types of hydrocarbon molecules – to scramble and separate polymer molecules into other useful compounds.

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Conservation

Earth’s sixth mass extinction underway


A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

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Environment

The giant undersea rivers we know little about


Far below the surface of the sea, the seabed is being scoured by rivers of sediment that can flow thousands of miles from land. They have been found off the coasts of Greenland, the Amazon, the Congo and Bengal, to name a few. The largest are several miles wide and run for thousands of miles out into the ocean depths, where they provide vital sustenance to the creatures living there. But these undersea rivers are among the least understood phenomena on our planet.

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God’s Green Earth

Storm Clouds

Farm News

GLOBAL FARM: Brazil


With its plentiful sun, water and land, Brazil is quickly surpassing other countries in food production and exports. But can it continue to make agricultural gains without destroying the Amazon?

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Steward Alerts

Don’t forget the “old evangelization”


The term “New Evangelization” was originally used by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to refer to the unique situation of the West, wherein we were not preaching the Gospel to a people who had not heard it, but were instead “re-presenting” the Gospel to a culture that had once embraced the Gospel and later rejected it. In essence, the term means “re-evangelization.”

However, many have taken up the phrase in a less restrictive sense and use it in the marketing sense of “new and improved!” This has opened the terminology to abuse and misunderstanding such that it comes to mean that we must mimic secular marketing principles and “mega-church” tactics.

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Steward Activities

The First Ever Adult Catholic Coloring Book

Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown. Ave Maria Press and Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui are creating adult coloring books that draw from something else: the tradition of medieval Catholic art.

Mitsui specializes in ink drawing and describes his style as very graphic, with “precise edges and sharp outlines.” He’s heavily inspired by Catholic art from the 14th and 15th century, but is also influenced by the graphic elements of Japanese art, particularly with how it treats light and shadow.

Experience spiritual calm with the first adult coloring book to focus on the Rosary as you color and reflect on the traditional Catholic prayer. Renowned artist Daniel Mitsui provides exquisitely detailed illustrations of the Glorious, Joyful, and Sorrowful Mysteries, suitable for meditative coloring and for reflecting on the lives of Jesus and the Blessed Mother.

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Song Before the Lord

Dies Irae

Gardening

The Health Benefits of Gardening

Before you head out to the backyard this weekend to begin turning over the soil and planting perfect rows of purple pansies, you might like to know that your gardening efforts are doing more than beautifying the neighborhood: They are actually making you happier and healthier.

If you are a seasoned gardener, you likely can attest to the peacefulness found in gardening. Now, a growing field called horticultural therapy is out to prove the power of nature is more than just urban myth. These therapists, who straddle the world of psychology, ecology and botany, use gardening as a tool to help people cope with issues such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical health conditions like heart disease and post-surgery recovery.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Understanding heat-related illness & symptoms

The past two months have been two of the hottest months in the Northern Hemisphere with weather and heat related illnesses running rampant across the country. Do you know the difference between a heat stroke and heat exhaustion? Maybe it’s time to learn.

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Stargazing

Mars may be more uninhabitable than originally thought


Hopes of finding life on Mars, at least on the surface, were dealt a blow Thursday by a study revealing that salt minerals present on the Red Planet kill bacteria. In lab tests on Earth, the compounds known as perchlorates killed cultures of the bacteria Bacillus subtilis, a basic life form, a research duo from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy reported.

A perchlorate is the name for a chemical compound containing the perchlorate ion, ClO− The preponderance of perchlorates are produced commercially. Perchlorate salts are mainly used for propellants, exploiting properties as powerful oxidizing agents. Perchlorate contamination in the environment has been extensively studied as it has effects on human health. Perchlorate has been linked to its negative influence on the thyroid gland.

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