Home Page: July 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~


Did you hear?


Larry the Cat will keep his job at 10 Downing Street? British Prime Minister David Cameron will resign his position Wednesday, making way for Theresa May to assume the post and move into the prime minister’s famed 10 Downing Street address in London. But Cameron’s cabinet has confirmed that Larry, the chief mouser at the residence, will keep his job. The “civil servant” tabby was adopted for his predatory skills in 2011, but he’s long been rumored to be less than stellar at the job. Still, he’s hoping to make a good impression on his new boss. “Does anyone know a good cat groomer available tomorrow?

Good News


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. Such is the case recently on two dogs that we were praying for. 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 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

Animal control officer rappels into ravine to rescue puppy

Denis Gove, a member of the San Diego County Animal Response, rappelled into the Pauma Valley ravine to save the German shepherd puppy, who had gotten caught in a large bush. “I really didn’t realize the enormity of the situation until I saw the photos afterwards,” Lt. Loren Bunnell said.


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: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.


Susi Weekly Column

Jesus: Into The Wilderness

~by Susi Pittman

In Mark1: 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?


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.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

To Be or Not To Be—A Squirrel

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

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!


Good Book Review

Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, by Gwen Cooper

Book Review~by Michele Gregoire

It is a love story for every cat lover, a walk in life and death and the legacy of one small blind cat.


Weekly Commentary

A Civics Lesson From A Zulu King

~by John Hovart II

It is told that Shaka lamented the slowness of his warriors when they entered into battle. To remedy the problem, he ordered them to take off their sandals to make their movements lighter and faster. He also noticed the softness of the warriors’ bare feet and sent them to a parade ground, which was covered with thorns. He then ordered the barefoot troops to march on the thorns to toughen their feet.The barefoot warriors are a fitting image to express the plight of many voters in the coming elections.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Lisa Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Visit Lisa at CATHOLIC MOM.

Recommended Read

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

by Lisa m. Hendey

Lisa Hendey’s enthusiasm for saints is contagious. Building on the success of her first book, Hendey continues her work as the Catholic mom’s coach to nurturing hearts, minds, bodies, and souls–this time through the rich Catholic communion of saints. With the warmth and candor of My Life with the Saints by James Martin, S.J., Hendey eloquently links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and simple soul-strengthening exercises into this rich spiritual resource for Catholic women.

Hendey offers one saint per week–some famous, some lesser known, some whose cause is in process–to offer companionship and guidance for the challenging, often under-thanked vocation of Catholic motherhood. She introduces Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Patrick, as well as Gianna Beretta Molla and Chiara Badano. Each week offers a thematic prayer intention, biographical and devotional information about the saint, lessons learned, daily scripture meditations, prayers, and practical, spiritually rich action steps that help moms incorporate the wisdom and exemplary faith of each saint.


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~


Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Bonaventure

Geology & Archaeology

Two Erupting Antarctica Volcanoes Threaten Penguin Colony

Two erupting volcanoes on sub-Antarctic islands are placing one of the world’s biggest penguin colonies at risk. Around a million chinstrap penguins live one the slopes of one of the volcanoes, Mount Curry, and they have been pictured covered in ash.

Peter Fretwell, from the British Antarctic Survey, was one of the scientists involved: “We don’t know what impact the ash will have on the penguins,” he said. “If it has been heavy and widespread it may have a serious effect on the population.”

Researchers from the BAS, which had recently remapped the chain of volcanic island, were alerted to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the area. Satellite imagery showed two volcanoes – Mt Curry and Mt Sourabaya on the South Sandwich Islands – were erupting.


World Climate Issues

World Crosses Historic Carbon Dioxide Threshold

The past 12 months have seen a record surge in carbon dioxide emissions say scientists, driven by the burning of fossil fuels and boosted by a rampant El Nino phenomenon.

Tropical forests and plants that once would have been expected to reduce global CO2 levels by September have suffered badly under this El Nino, reducing their ability to soak up carbon.


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.



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.


God’s Green Earth

Storm Clouds

Farm News

Open Letter to the European Union Parliament From A Kenyan Farmer: Leave Africa Alone

by Gilbert Arap Bor

Today, European lawmakers gather in Brussels to attempt to subjugate my continent once more, this time by pressuring us to forswear the scientific innovations that have revolutionized agriculture around the world.

This new offensive comes from the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, which has prepared a draft resolution that “urges the G8 member states not to support GMO crops in Africa.” It has received surprisingly little attention in the press and it may receive a vote as early as June 6.

As a Kenyan farmer who participates in the daily struggle to grow food in a land that doesn’t produce enough of it, I have a short message for the well-fed politicians who would consider supporting this neo-colonialist measure: “Leave Africa alone.”


Steward Alerts

World Youth Day 2016 – KRAKOW – July 25-31

The theme of the XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). Our Holy Father Francis has chosen the fifth of the eight Beatitudes, given by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to show the importance of the Beatitudes which are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching. In his first Sermon, Jesus presents us with eight examples of qualities that bring us closer to the Kingdom of God.

The choice of Krakow and World Youth Day’s motto lead us to the Spark of Mercy. Since the appearance of Jesus to St. Sister Faustina, Mercy has been radiating from Krakow-Lagiewniki to the whole universal Church. Krakow is widely known as the centre of worship of God’s mercy, and young pilgrims who come will surely want to see the place of the revelations, Sister Faustina’s tomb, and the shrine – the place where St. John Paul II entrusted the world to God’s Mercy.


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.


Song Before the Lord

Dies Irae


HALF of U.S. food thrown away

Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection.



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.


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.



NASA now getting new pictures from JunoCam

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system. The first high-resolution images of the gas giant Jupiter are still a few weeks away.

“This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “We can’t wait to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles.”


Sure to make you Smile

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