June 14, 2017


This website will update again on June 21, 2017

Did you hear?

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. In this time of increasing polarization in our culture, we can contribute to a better understanding of religious freedom in a way that respects all people. We are called to follow Christ as missionary disciples by seeking the truth, serving others, and living our faith in all that we do. Let us take a few moments each day from June 21 – July 4 to pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, both here in this country and abroad.


Good News

NEW ZEALAND : Horse swept away in floods, returns 2 weeks later

This horse may be elderly, but, after being swept away by raging floodwaters, she somehow managed to return to her home nearly 2 weeks later–in almost perfect health.

The 20-year-old thoroughbred mare named Voice was a victim of the floods that struck the North Island of Auckland, New Zealand in early March. Though her owners searched everywhere for their beloved equine family member, she was nowhere to be found.

Then, 13 days after the incident, Voice returned to her owners as if nothing had happened. Apart from a few scratches and being a tad malnourished, Voice was virtually unscathed.

“Where she came from, I have no idea, because we’ve scoured every part of that river over and over again,” states Voice’s owner Liz Currie. “She’s obviously been stuck on a bank somewhere because she was a real mess. I’ve given her a bath to try and get some of the mud and that off her, but it’s all river sand.”

Though the affair is puzzling, Liz is thrilled that Voice is safe—and healthy as a horse.

In the News

National Pollinators Week

June 20-26 is National Pollinator Week. You can participate by creating a garden habitat to support pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Register it as Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program and add your voice to the growing number of people that are making a difference for pollinators right in their own yards and gardens. Plus, your certified garden will count towards meeting the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.


Picture of the Week

Ghost crabs dig deep burrows near the intertidal zone of open sandy beaches. The burrows are usually composed of a long shaft with a chamber at the end, occasionally with a second entrance shaft. They are semi-terrestrial and breathe oxygen from the air through moistened gills.. Ghost crabs are swift runners, darting away at the slightest sign of danger. They either head back to their burrows or plunge into the sea to escape intruders. Ghost crabs also have the ability to change colors to match their surroundings by adjusting the concentration and dispersal of pigments within their chromatophores.

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.


Susi Weekly Column

The Noblest of Creatures

~by Susi Pittman

They are spoken of in the Bible, they have played a part in the advancement of most of human history and they continue today in a special relationship with man.


Catholic Journeyman

Who are you?

~by Louis Templeman

Have you ever asked God in prayer, “who are You?”


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

How Do You Do It? I Need to Know

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The noise pollution in the world can leave the mind yearning for an oasis of peaceful silence.


Weekly Commentary

In Receiving the Eucharist, We Participate in the Very Life of God

~ by Msgr. Bernard Bourgeois

This is an incredibly important weekend for us as Catholics. On this day, we remember that the Eucharist is the most important prayer of our faith. We celebrate what God has done for us in giving us the Eucharist over and over on altars throughout the world. We dedicate ourselves to our faith and to receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in our lives. We remember. We celebrate. We dedicate ourselves. It’s the journey of faith.


Catholic Writers

Bret Thoman, OFS

Bret Thoman, OFS, has been a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (Third Order of St. Francis) since 2003. He has an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College, a B.A. from the University of Georgia in foreign languages, and a certificate in Franciscan Studies. Bret has written and published three books and translated twelve books from Italian to English.

While working as an interpreter for CNN, he translated the papal conclave and announced the election of Pope Francis live. But his main activity is organizing pilgrimages for St. Francis Pilgrimages, the company he founded in 2004. He is also an FAA-licensed pilot and has logged more than 3,500 hours of flight time.

Bret is partial to Latin, Gregorian chant, and incense, and he spends his free time reading classics, hiking, or biking anywhere not on asphalt. He currently lives in Loreto, Italy, with his wife and two children.

Recommended Read

Saint Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty & the Man Who Transformed the Church

~by Bret Thoman, OFS

All Christians know his name. Few truly know the man.

Who was this man at his core? What was it that thrust this little man from a little town to the heights of sanctity, into a place of high honor among the celestial court?

In this riveting biography, author Bret Thoman accomplishes what few biographers have. He pierces the inner life of Francis, revealing his deepest passions, his unquenchable love for poverty, and his unshakable grip on the core of the Gospel. The life of Francis, so often festooned with spectacle and miracle, is in reality the story of a soul yearning for God in every moment and glimpsing His presence in all creation.

If you want to see the hidden life of the greatest saint, if you want to hear his thoughts, if you want to feel the fervor that blazed within his soul, you must read St. Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty, and the Man who Transformed the Catholic Church.


Quote of the Week

These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.


Catholic Saints

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Geology & Archaeology

Has the 8th Wonder of the World Re-emerged?

Once upon a time – on June 10, 1886, to be more precise – there was a rather powerful volcanic eruption at Lake Rotomahana on New Zealand’s North Island. Pressurized magma rose from the depths to encounter the lake, and due to an interesting quirk of physics that’s not yet properly understood, it set off a chain reaction of massive explosions and lava flows.

By the end of the eruption, it is estimated that it released as much energy as the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated, the Tsar Bomba. It also happened to destroy a rather beautiful formation named the Pink and White Terraces, sometimes referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.



700 year old soil technique could mitigate climate change

A farming technique practiced for centuries by villagers in West Africa, which converts nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could be the answer to mitigating climate change and revolutionizing farming across Africa. They discovered that the ancient West African method of adding charcoal and kitchen waste to highly weathered, nutrient poor tropical soils can transform the land into enduringly fertile, carbon-rich black soils which the researchers dub ‘African Dark Earth’.


Global Weather

UK faces sharp rise in windstorms

The UK is on track to see rises in high winds except the south and south-west, with the greatest impact across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland. This is because the main storms that barrel in off the Atlantic are expected to move their track northwards as the planet warms, a phenomenon linked to the rapid melting being seen in the Arctic.



Sustainable Gardening! It’s All the Rage!

Sustainability is a movement that embraces all facets of human endeavor. “Sustainable” means to perpetuate existence as well as to provide sustenance and nourishment. Today, the word is attached to everything from forestry to ceiling tile.

Sustainability is most often associated with the environment and specifically to our landscapes and gardens. What is a sustainable garden? It is an organic garden taken a step further. Following organic gardening practices will sustain soils and plants while it nourishes and sustains your family, both physically and aesthetically. Organic gardening also points us towards other gardening practices that pursue the goal of sustainability by conserving resources.



Park Rangers insuring the survival of these 10 species

National parks offer some of the last suitable habitats for a number of species and are home to creatures that exist nowhere else in the world. This means park staff play a key role in saving some of the rarest animals and plants from being lost forever.




It might be best known for its wildlife, but Tanzania is facing a growing number of environmental concerns and biodiversity in the country is under threat. Habitats are being lost and desertification has increased, with severe consequences not only for wildlife but also the health and livelihoods of farming communities living in rural parts of the country. More than three quarters of Tanzania’s population live at subsistence level, relying on crop growth and seasonal rainfall to survive. Agriculture accounts for a quarter of the Tanzanian economy, but it is these farmers who suffer the real, dangerous consequences of environmental degradation.

In late 2016, a group of us decided to take on the issue with the #50MillionTrees campaign, which aimed to encourage local people to reverse the loss of their natural environment.

We realised that if every one of the 50 million people living in Tanzania could be inspired to take a single action, like planting just one tree, we would gain far more than just 50 million more trees.


God’s Green Earth

Wild Horses

Farm News

Ecological farming – benefits health & environment

A new approach to farming is needed to safeguard human health and avoid rising air and water pollution, high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss, a group of 20 leading agronomists, health, nutrition and social scientists has concluded. The group’s members, drawn from rich and poor countries with no affiliations to industry, say that industrial agriculture’s dependence on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antibiotics to manage animals and agro-ecosystems, has led to ecological, social and human health crises.


Steward Alerts

UNBELIEF ~ by Father Nicholas J. Laforet

Among the things you’ll learn in these pages are:

  • The spiritual roots of unbelief, and the main forms it takes today
  • If you can’t make yourself believe, why does the Church consider unbelief a vice?
  • Why Christianity could conquer the brutal Roman Empire but suffers even more defeats in our day
  • Faith and reason: learn how Christian faith purifies reason, strengthens it, extends it, and even elevates it
  • True faith: why it isn’t blind — and can never be
  • The one thing that always opens the gates of faith — even to those who live in darkness
  • The two forms of materialism — practical and dogmatic — and how each corrodes faith
  • The one thing that always opens the gates of faith — even to those who live in darkness


Steward Activities

Catholic Retreats & Retreat Centers

Retreats are an integral part of the Catholic Faith, it is healthy to get away from everyday life to rest and renew your faith regularly. Retreat get-a-ways range from monasteries to guest rooms, to hermitages. Find yours!


Song Before the Lord

The Our Father in Aramaic

Apostolic Journey of the Holy Father Francesco in Georgia and Azerbaijan: This rendition of the Our Father was presented to His Holiness, who appeared very moved by it.


The 9 Best Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening is a great hobby to take up; it gets you outside, burning calories, and produces rewarding results. Whether you’re looking to grow some delicious produce or beautiful flowers, these 9 tips and tricks for beginners will get you started off on the right foot!


Wellness & Nutrition

Protect Your Heart In The Heat

Whatever brings you outside — a bike ride with friends, a jog in the park or just a stroll around the block — it’s important to stay safe when the temperature rises. If you’re a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight, you might need to take special precautions in the heat.

Check with your healthcare professional before starting an exercise routine if you are experiencing symptoms or have a specific medical question or chronic disease. Certain heart medications like beta blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics (which deplete the body of sodium) can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.



NASA rocket launch to create colorful clouds viewable on U.S. eastern seaboard

The launch of a Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket will be carrying the multi-canister ampoule ejection system. This system  will deploy during the rocket’s ascent and they will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch. These clouds, or vapor tracers, allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.


Sure to make you Smile


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