December 6, 2017

Celebrating 9 Years Online

Our website will update again December 13, 2017


Welcome Advent! We light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of the Israelite people who, through many long centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah.

Did You Know?

That Eye Contact With Your Puppy Strengthens Your Bond?

Oh, those puppy eyes. Just by gazing at their owners, dogs can trigger a response in their masters’ brains that helps them bond, a study says. And owners can do a similar trick in return, researchers found.


Good News

Own a Dog and Live Longer!

Owning a dog comes with a plethora of benefits: unending hilarity, optimal cuddling and of course, non-stop love. But one new study says your irreplaceable pooch could even add years to your life. Single dog owners saw a 33 percent lower risk of early death and 11 percent lower risk of a heart attack, opposed to single, non-dog owners. Those studied didn’t have previous cardiovascular disease before 2001.


In the News

British Seas teeming with marine life

I won’t be alone in being mildly distraught when the BBC’s Blue Planet II series comes to an end. But as a marine biologist who switched from working on tropical reefs and seagrass beds to the cooler waters around the Isle of Man, I have become an advocate for the seas around the British Isles. That’s because they are home to an exceptional variety of marine animals and plants.


Picture of the Week

74-96 million cats are owned in the United States and approximately 30-37% of American households have a cat.

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’s Weekly Column

Our Greatest Defense Against Evil

~by Susi Pittman

Who is like God? It was the utterance of these words that granted unto a heavenly Angel God’s amazing support and power!


Catholic Journeyman

St Joseph: Part 5: Man of Questioning–Part 6: Observant Jew

~by Louis Templeman

A divinely orchestrated mission in fatherhood and complete obedience to God the Father has the Church aptly placing Saint Joseph as the Patron of Families. We continue with Louis’ 10-Part series upon the greatest “man” to ever serve the Living God!


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

In My Mind, I Live In the Woods

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Living amidst wild creation is like heaven on earth!


Weekly Commentary

Commercialization of Christmas is great opportunity for evangelization

~by John Clark

Like many Christmas shoppers, I am often welcomed by cash register clerks with the greeting: “Happy Holidays!” To which I like to respond, “Did you have a particular holiday in mind?” From there, the short conversation often goes to Christmas and its true meaning. Like the Grinch, I offer some version of: “Maybe Christmas…doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

Even for those who are often too bashful to speak about their faith, Christmas shopping presents Catholics with a natural segue and an almost impossibly easy opportunity to spread the good news of the Gospel. Perhaps for that reason, I have always found it difficult to decry the evils of the “commercialization of Christmas.”


Catholic Writers

Michael J. Rayes

Michael J. Rayes is a lifelong Catholic. Today he is a counselor, educator, author, and a regular columnist on Catholic marriage and family life.

Michael has taught in multiple school settings including district, charter, and parochial. He has also worked for some of the largest behavioral-health agencies in Arizona. Michael earned a B.A. in Education (‘97), an M.B.A (‘07), and a Master’s in Professional Counseling (‘12), with a marriage and family concentration. He and his wife have 21 years of experience homeschooling their children.

Today, Michael is a catechism director and teacher as well as a full-time licensed counselor working under an agency setting. He has penned dozens of articles in various Catholic publications. Michael brings his many years of experience applying psychology and Church teaching to the challenges of today’s Catholic families.


A Recommended Read

Papal Bull Heist

(Volume 2 in the Spencer Family Mystery Series.)

Tom Spencer and Rick Kline are in the middle of things again. Can they move fast enough to catch a thief? Will they end up getting caught? The boys need all their wits, prayers, and Father Spencer’s guidance as they barely stay one step ahead of danger. Don’t miss the excitement in the Spencer family’s latest adventure!


Quote of the Week

A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home

—G.K. Chesterton, The House of Christmas

Catholic Saints

St. Charles Borromeo

Geology & Archaeology

The Bones of St. Nicholas

New Oxford University research has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of the saint, do in fact date from the right historical period.

One of the most revered Orthodox Christian saints, the remains of St Nicholas have been held in the Basilica di San Nicola, Bari, Southern Puglia, since 1087, where they are buried in a crypt beneath a marble alter. Over the years relic fragments have been acquired by various churches around the world, calling into question how the bones can all be from the same person.



We’re due for an ice age

This has nothing to do with human impact on climate change, but instead the activity of the sun and how solar cycles impact our climate as well. It’s based on a mathematical model that shows the sun might “quiet” down in the coming years thus impacting our climate as well.

A few months ago, NASA published a study showing that Antarctica is actually gaining more ice than it is losing. They made the announcement after using satellites to examine the heights of the region’s ice sheet. The findings contradict the prevailing theory that Antarctica has actually been shrinking.


Global Weather

United States Enhanced Weather Satellite Interactive



Could Organic Farming feed the world?

The United Nations estimates the global population will reach more than 9 billion by 2050, and, by some estimates, agricultural output will have to increase by 50 percent to feed all of those mouths. So is it possible to do it organically? Organic farming does away with synthetic crop treatments, replacing them with natural methods that are deemed healthier and safer for the environment. However, the knock on organic farming has been that yields are lower, and it wouldn’t be possible to feed the world with food that’s suitable to sell at Whole Foods. But that might not be true.



Australia: Land of Birds

Long ecologically adrift as an island continent, Australia benefited through the evolution of a remarkable diversity of fascinating, colourful, noisy, clever, innovative species of bird.

Australia is home to about 830 species – more if you include neighbouring islands – nearly one in 10 of the world’s 10,000 or so living bird species. About 45% of these are endemics, found nowhere else.



Trees in Cities Can Cut Air Pollution

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.

A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%.

Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs of people breathing polluted air.

PM pollution could claim an estimated 6.2 million lives each year by 2050, the study suggests.

Lead author Rob McDonald said that city trees were already providing a lot of benefits to people living in urban areas.


God’s Green Earth

When the saints go marching in

Farm News

Including the kids in farm work

We get it. Don’t put kids on tractors and keep them out of working areas, especially when using  machinery, and when you, the parent, are busy working. Stuff can happen in a second, and it’s not safe. So how DO we include our kids safely in the daily workings on the farm? We want them to learn to work and be a part of the big picture. How do we teach and include them while ensuring their safety?


Steward Alerts

The First Catholic Tablet

Biblezon makes it easy for you to learn, live & Practice your catholic faith daily! Whether you want to read the bible, daily scriptures, pray rosary, study the catechism or simply learn more about your catholic faith, you want to have biblezon on your side. Most of all, you ll love the ability to learn, live and organize your catholic faith in one place. Without any distractions.


Steward Activities

Praying With Children

My deepest desire for my children is a personal, meaningful relationship with Jesus, and that they find their home in the heart of His Church.

Beyond that? I really don’t care. Be a garbage collector, be a librarian, be an attorney or a brewmaster stay-at-home dad. The primary goal for me, as a parent, is to point them towards heaven with a good, firm, push.


A Song Before The Lord

One Bread One Body


Winter Vegetable Gardens In Warm Climates

You can garden through the winter in almost any climate. Even northern gardeners can enjoy harvests of root crops and greens in the winter if they are willing to put in the effort to protect plants with cloches, cold frames, or hoop houses. However, gardeners in mild winter areas, such as coastal California, Oregon and Washington; Arizona; Texas and Florida, can really bask in fall and winter’s glory. While gardeners in cool summer areas, such as coastal Northern California, Oregon and Washington, look to extend and protect fall planted veggies through the damp, cool weather of winter, gardeners in southern Arizona, the Gulf Coast, Texas, and Florida are loving the cool temperatures to sow and grow a variety of vegetables that don’t survive the heat of summer. In some areas, such as southern Florida and Texas, they are even growing warm season crops of tomatoes in winter.


Wellness & Nutrition

Common table food that is poison for your pet

Your home can hold a lot of unrecognized dangers for your pet. Many common food items or household products can sicken or even kill animals. However, a few simple precautions can help keep your pet safe. Pets are not “mini people.” Animals react to substances in food and medicines completely differently than people do, so just because something doesn’t make a person sick doesn’t mean it is okay for a pet.



World’s Biggest Telescope Project

The $1.4bn project will enable experts to study the early Universe and peer into the atmospheres of exoplanets.

It is one of a raft of big observatories – along with the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and space-based James Webb telescope – intended to serve astronomy into the 2020s and beyond.

“The TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Governors has explored a number of alternative sites for TMT. Every site we considered would enable TMT’s core science programmes.



O Come let us adore him! Christ the Lord!

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