Thanksgiving 2017

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This Thanksgiving let us gather with grateful thanks at table. At this blessed feast, may rich and poor alike remember that we are called to serve one another and to walk together in peace in God’s gracious world. With thankful hearts we praise You O God, who like a loving parent denies us no good thing.



Did You Know?

That Thanksgiving did not come into existence until 200 years AFTER the event that would define it?

Good News

My Life As A Turkey

After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. Deep in the wilds of Florida’s Flatlands, Hutto spent each day living as a turkey mother, taking on the full-time job of raising sixteen turkey chicks. (This program originally aired on PBS in 2011, but, is so worth enjoying again at this time)


In the News

The Tradition of Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House

The official “pardoning” of White House turkeys is an interesting White House tradition that has captured the imagination of the public in recent years. It is often stated that President Lincoln’s 1863 clemency to a turkey recorded in an 1865 dispatch by White House reporter Noah Brooks was the origin for the pardoning ceremony.


Picture of the Week

The wild turkey in the United States in 1957 ranged from Arizona to southeastern Oklahoma and thence through Tennessee, West Virginia, and New York, and south to Florida and Texas. It formerly ranged north to southeastern South Dakota, southern Wisconsin, southern Ontario, and southwestern Maine. By the 1940s, it was almost totally extirpated from Canada and had become localized in pockets in the United States, in the north-east effectively restricted to the Appalachians, only as far north as central Pennsylvania. Game officials made efforts to protect and encourage the breeding of the surviving wild population, and some trapped birds were relocated to new areas, including some in the western states where it was not native. There is evidence that the bird does well when near farmland, which provides grain and also berry-bearing shrubs at its edges. As wild turkey numbers rebounded, hunting became legal in 49 U.S. states (excluding Alaska). In 1973, the total U.S. population was estimated to be 1.3 million, and current estimates place the entire wild turkey population at 7 million individuals. In recent years, “trap and transfer” projects have reintroduced wild turkeys to several provinces of Canada as well, sometimes from across the border in the United States.

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

Eucharist means thanksgiving

~by Susi Pittman

America’s Thanksgiving comes but once a year…as Catholics, “thanksgiving” comes at every Mass.


Catholic Journeyman


Part 1 : Son of David; Part 2: A Righteous Man

~by Louis Templeman

Louis has written a 10-Part series upon the greatest “man” to ever serve the Living God! Being obedient to God’s call and embracing in total trust that which he did not understand are the cornerstones in Saint Joseph’s relationship with the Divine. He took upon himself the great calling to protect and care for the Son of God and Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Desiring Wyoming

by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

I desire Wyoming. I desire her mountains. I desire her sage brush and prairie foliage. I desire her vast spread of unencumbered wilderness. I desire her antelope and pronghorn and bison. I just plain desire her.


Weekly Commentary

What’s the truth about Thanksgiving?—food for thought

~by Michael Medved

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.


Catholic Writers

Cheryl Dickow

Cheryl Dickow holds a Master’s Degree in Education and combines her faith and degree in her position as President of Bezalel Books. Her book, Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome, has received Honorable Mention for Fiction in 2014 Catholic Press Awards.

At Bezalel Books, Cheryl has provided a platform for many aspiring authors whose works have been recognized from a variety of organizations and prominent voices. Bezalel Books offers a series of women’s inspirational fiction books that includes two of Dickow’s own titles, Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage and Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome.

Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Education and lives in the beautiful state of Michigan with her husband and three sons. Cheryl is a contributing writer to the “Today’s Catholic – Women in Faith” category at the Integrated Catholic Life.


Recommended Read

Our Jewish Roots -  by Cheryl Dickow

As Catholic women, a number of questions surface each day that are meant to make us pause and contemplate. We ask ourselves: What is God encouraging me to do?; Who is in my life and for what reason?; How can I serve God better today?; Am I allowing something from the past to hold me back from serving Jesus?; Do I have a grateful attitude?; Do I encourage and welcome the guidance of the Holy Spirit?; Do I enthusiastically embrace my Feminine Genius?; Am I joyfully pursuing my purpose?; Do I spend enough time in silence so that I can be more fully aware of God’s call upon my life? Connecting with the past allows us to answer these questions and thus live more fully in the present. Understanding the Jewish roots of our faith’s traditions and teachings-baptism, feminism, work, mysticism-help us live it more completely and defend it most accurately. See why the Matriarchs are the ideal role models for today’s Catholic women and learn to love your authentic self!


Catholic Saints

Saint Columban

Quote of the Week

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.

~ C.S. Lewis ~

Geology & Archaeology

The real story behind Plymouth Rock

The real Plymouth Rock was a boulder about fifteen feet long and three feet wide which lay with its point to the east, thus forming a convenient pier for boats to land during certain hours of tide. This rock is authenticated as the pilgrims’ landing place by the testimony of Elder Faunce who in 1741 at the age of ninety-five was carried in a chair to the rock, that he might pass down to posterity the testimony of pilgrims whom he had personally known on this important matter. There have been doubts hinted about the accuracy of Faunce’s identification, in view of his age and the dates of the landing and his birth, but there is no doubt that he grew up in Plymouth at a time when many of the original passengers were still there. The Pilgrims first landed, however, near the site of modern Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod in November 1620 before moving to Plymouth. The rock is located about 650 feet from where it is generally accepted that the initial settlement was built.

Global Weather

Projection for Winter Season 2017-2018

Overall, the long-range winter forecast for 2017–2018 shows generally colder temperatures than last winter for the U.S. and Canada but not colder than a typical winter, based on historical averages. As I write these words, there are no sunspots on the visible portion of the Sun, and solar activity is very quiet; this traditionally meant a cooling influence. Although 2017–18 winter temperatures will be colder than last winter, they will likely still be above normal in the eastern and north-central states, with below-normal temperatures the rule from the Gulf States westward to California and from the Intermountain region westward to the Pacific Northwest.




What IF CO2 could be removed from the air?



What are “nurdles” and what are they doing to the oceans?

Our oceans are under siege. Plastic forks, disintegrating shopping bags, fragmented blocks of Styrofoam and a seemingly endless amount of drinking bottles are just a few examples of the debris swirling around the seas and washing up on our shores.

Take another look at this plastic soup, and you’ll likely spot something few people have ever heard of: nurdles. Unlike microbeads, which are used in consumer products like face scrub, nurdles are basically the building blocks for other plastics. Companies buy nurdles by the billions every year to make nearly all the plastic products we buy.



National Wildlife Federation

We believe America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.




In Autumn, the receptors in our primate eyes revel in the red and gold of trees.

Our ability to perceive red color is an oddity, one shared by our cousins the Old World monkeys and apes, but not by most other mammals. Evolution endowed our ancestors with an extra type of light-sensing cone cell that helped them see fruit and edible young foliage against a background of mature dark green leaves. Nowadays, we’re still looking at tree leaves, but no longer as food. Instead, our gaze at forests is a source of both seasonal delight and awareness of local ecology. With the help of satellite technology, study of the changing colors of leaves reveals the rapidly changing ecology of our planet.


God’s Green Earth

Winter Snow

Farm News

Climate Friendly Farming

On millions of acres of grazed American range land, if you plunge a shovel into the ground, you’re likely to find light-colored, depleted soil that’s lost much of its carbon-containing organic matter.

That’s the stuff that gives rich, fertile soils their dark color and clumpy texture. Carbon-poor soil, however, produces lower crop yields, less forage, and less biodiversity.

Carbon farming is a way of restoring these soils to health and simultaneously benefiting the climate. Ranchers and scientists working together in Northern California to establish carbon farming and scale it up believe it has amazing potential to remove millions of tons of carbon from the air in California and billions worldwide.


Steward Alerts

ADVENT SEASON Begins December 3rd

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).


Steward Activities

What you need to know abut Mary

This course helps Catholics understand key concepts about the Blessed Mother and how they are all Biblical:  See how the Virgin Mary intercedes for us in Heaven; Defend the Immaculate Conception with confidence; Discover where in Scripture Mary is identified as “Queen of Heaven”; Learn how to effectively defend all the Marian doctrines


A Song Before The Lord

Night of Silence


Winter Tomatoes

Just one encounter with a tasteless, artificially ripened, imported winter supermarket tomato makes you want to grow your own tangy, sweet-tasting tomatoes in the off-season. In a good winter, at peak production, a single plant in my window produces a pint of cherry or pear tomatoes every day or two. Here’s how to do this yourself:


Wellness & Nutrition

12 De-stressing tips for the holidays

The most wonderful time of the year, huh? So why do the holidays sometimes feel like a month-long panic attack? “During the holidays, people have such high expectations for things to be perfect,” says Jon Abramowitz, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In other words, we take on too much, then feel anxious and stressed out when reality doesn’t measure up to the flawless fantasy in our heads.



What exactly WAS the Star of Bethlehem?

It might seem churlish to dissect such an enduring image of Christmas as the star of Bethlehem, but a quiet astronomical debate has been bubbling away for decades. Could some real cosmic event have drawn “three wise men” on a journey to find a newborn king?

This debate requires one very big assumption – that the story of the star and the journey is true.

Prof David Hughes, an astronomer from the University of Sheffield, first published a review of the theories on the famous star in the 1970s.

Having spent many years studying the astronomical explanations and reviewing the associated biblical stories, he is now an expert on the subject.

But there are some intriguing historical parallels.




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