HOME PAGE: March 9, 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~


The Lenten season; forty days of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation for the greatest moment in universal history.

Did You Know?

THAT military war dogs do not come home when their handlers are killed in action? Here is a heartwarming story followed by an UPDATE on Sirius the Afghanistan War Dog.


Before 23-year-old Marine Josh Ashley was killed in action, he asked his mom to take care of his K9, Sirius, if he ever needed a place to go. Four years later, Tammie Ashley is giving the newly retired dog a home — and she said they had a special connection as soon as she picked him up at the Ontario airport. “It was the strangest thing,” Tammie said. “He was smelling my face like he was going to lick it, and it was almost like ‘I recognize you.’ Like, ‘You were Josh’s mom.’” Both Tammie and Josh’s younger brother, Jordan, are happy to have the big dog at their California home to remind them of Josh. “It’s like getting a little piece of my brother back home. So, it’s really nice having him around,” said Jordan.


Good News

The Dramatic Rescue of Sadie the Dog

After surviving for several days on a shrinking ice patch on Deer Creek Reservoir in Utah, Sadie the dog was rescued by volunteers with Utah County Search and Rescue — and it was caught on video. Sadie’s owner, Charelle Meriweather, said her dog was staying at her cousin’s house when she disappeared. She believes someone intentionally opened the fence gate and let Sadie out last Monday. The next morning, Meriweather’s cousin spotted Sadie on ice out on the reservoir. For two days, her brother attempted to rescue Sadie with a canoe, but the nervous dog would run away. Finally, with the ice melting, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office was called to help rescue the dog. When the volunteers arrived in their rescue boat, Sadie had fallen through the ice. They pulled her right out and got her back to her grateful owner — who won’t let Sadie out of her sight. “I am just so glad she is home,” Meriweather said.

In the News

Wildlife Rescue Nests

This is a NON-PROFIT project, all nests are made by volunteers and are donated to Rescue Centres around the world. I started a Facebook page in the winter of 2013 in the hopes of building a network of people to help supply nests to wildlife rescue centres all over Ontario, Canada and it has really taken off and we are now providing nests to over 240 wildlife rescues in Canada, the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., Norway, Denmark, Germany, India, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Do you knit or crochet?? Your skills are needed here!


Picture of the Week

African Penguins

It is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known for its call which sounds like a donkey-like bray. It is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. The pink gland above their eyes helps them to cope with changing temperatures. The African penguin is a pursuit diver and feeds primarily on fish and squid. Once extremely numerous, the African penguin is declining due to a combination of threats and is classified as endangered. It is a charismatic species and is popular with tourists.

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

Children Touched By Heaven

~by Susi Pittman

I have found it fascinating that more and more cases of children experiencing a heavenly experience are going mainstream, and especially at a time when the world needs to be spiritually fortified! Here is a little follow up on the subject.


Catholic Journeyman

Picnic On The Roof

~by Louis Templeman

The simplicity of a picnic soars to new heights and a father creates a memory never to be forgotten by his daughters…and very possibly a few neighbors.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge


~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

If a tiny seed could speak, would it not surely tell us what God has done for it?


A Poet’s Voice

Prayer Blanket

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

It was a small prayer blanket, a merciful gift from a parish group, but, oh the far reaching effects it had.


Weekly Commentary

Salvation is for the birds – by Micah Murphy

A baby bird, a chimney and a pair of gloves brought the truth of the Lenten journey into a family home.


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Geology & Archaeology

Significant Civil War Era Shipwreck discovered

Another pearl in the form of a large iron-hulled Civil War era steamer has been discovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of N.C., near Oak Island. Researchers and archaeologists from the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology and the Institute of International Maritime Research made the discovery Saturday, Feb. 27 during sonar operations.


Global Weather

Interactive Global Geostationary Weather Satellite Images

Would you like to see real time photos of weather from one of the Geostationary weather satellites? Well, here is the link for you.


Catholic Writers

Jon M. Sweeney

My personal path has been anything but linear: After 20 years as an evangelical, and 21 years as an involved Episcopalian, in 2009 I became a Catholic on the feast day of St. Francis. My primary congregational involvement today, however, is Jewish.

Francis and Clare of Assisi are a passion of mine, and I’ve written several books about them including a joint biography, Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi, which was a History Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and The St. Francis Prayer Book. I also edited and re-introduced Paul Sabatier’s classic biography of St. Francis to a new generation with The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis. It too was picked up by History Book Club, BOMC, Crossings Book Club, and the Literary Guild.


A Recommended Read

The Lure of Saints: A Protestant Experience of Catholic Tradition

Jon M. Sweeney explores how these exemplary men and women ? the saints ? have impacted both the Church and the world. This guide includes profiles of ancient, medieval, and modern figures, Eastern and Western, the sublime and the unusual.


Quote of the Week

I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us. There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.

~ Geronimo ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Francis of Rome


Oregon Teens sue US Government Over Climate Change

WHEN a group of teenagers first started taking governments to court over the lack of climate change action, people laughed at them. They are not laughing now. This week a US court will consider whether 21 young people have a right to sue the US Government, President Barack Obama and other federal agencies, for their failure to tackle climate change.

The young people say they have a constitutional right to life, liberty and property, and this is being violated because of the Federal Government’s support of fossil fuels. For those that think this is ridiculous, you may yet be proved right. But a similar groundbreaking action in the Netherlands last year was successful, with the government ordered to cut emissions more quickly.



Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into batteries

Scientists have worked out a way to make electric vehicles not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes used in the lithium-ion batteries can be replaced with carbon recovered from the atmosphere.


God’s Green Earth

Nightingale Serenade

Farm News

The unexpected reaction Farmers may have to climate change

For all intents and purposes, climate change is not going to be good news for agriculture. Studies have shown that it will likely reduce crop yields, create a malnutrition crisis, and make large portions of the globe inhospitable to staple crops like maize or bananas.

But researchers from Brown and Tufts universities have a dire message for the world: studies linking climate change to a decrease in crop production might be underestimating the true impact of climate change on agriculture.

“The real missing pieces have been about peoples’ decision making,” Leah VanWey, professor of sociology at Brown and senior deputy director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, told ThinkProgress. “This is not just about suitability. It’s not just about the climate. It’s farmers making decisions in real time.”


Steward Alerts

The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent. From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.


Steward Activities

THE MOVIE: Miracles From Heaven – March 2016

Miracles from Heaven is a 2016 upcoming American Christian film directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Randy Brown. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Christy Beam, which recounts the true story of her young daughter who had a near-death experience and was later cured from a digestive disorder. The film stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, and Queen Latifah. Principal photography began in Atlanta, Georgia in July 2015. The film is scheduled for release on March 16, 2016 by Columbia Pictures.

A Song Before The Lord

O Filii et Filiae

The Environment

Rewilding Europe

Rewilding Europe aims to rewild one million hectares of land by 2020, creating 10 magnificent wildlife and wilderness areas of international quality. Rewilding focuses on Europe’s huge areas of abandoned land, and on providing a viable business case for wild nature.



Gardening from a wheelchair

Raised beds were the answer for me. From my electric wheelchair, I could reach the soil if it was raised 8-12 inches. I had someone construct four 4-foot-by-4-foot squares. My love for growing things was not just reignited, it was fully engulfed. Eventually, I was bringing so much dirt into the house on my wheels that I elected to concrete the walkways around the beds. Since then, I’ve expanded my raised-bed garden several times. I may not need to tell you, but I am a confessed overdoer.


Wellness & Nutrition

Evidence grows, linking Zika, microcephaly and other nerve syndromes

Scientists are still scrambling to get a full scientific picture of the Zika virus, but experts already know enough to be scared of it.

“Strong public health actions should not wait for definitive scientific proof,” Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Tuesday, after meeting in Geneva, Switzerland with the agency’s Review Committee on Zika.

There have been more reports of babies delivered with birth defects and adults diagnosed with neurological problems after infections with Zika. A recent study in Cell Stem Cell showed that the virus targets early brain cells in lab dishes and interferes with their development. And a report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that 29 percent of 88 Brazilian women studied had problems with their pregnancies after infection with Zika.



NASA targets 2018 Launch of Mars INsight Mission

InSight’s primary goal is to help us understand how rocky planets – including Earth – formed and evolved. The spacecraft had been on track to launch this month until a vacuum leak in its prime science instrument prompted NASA in December to suspend preparations for launch.

“The science goals of InSight are compelling, and the NASA and CNES plans to overcome the technical challenges are sound,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The quest to understand the interior of Mars has been a longstanding goal of planetary scientists for decades. We’re excited to be back on the path for a launch, now in 2018.”




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