HOME PAGE: October 19, 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~

All creation sings praises to the Lord

Did You Hear?

ABOUT….the dog who fell down a 30-foot hole in an abandoned nuclear power plant where he was able to keep just his head above the water line? He is alive thanks to a construction worker who heard his desperate barking on Tuesday?


Good News

Social Media and Drone saves Navy Vet & his dog from flood in North Carolina

Craig Williams was worried about his brother, Chris, and contacted WFMY News 2 early Sunday morning. Chris Williams is a Navy veteran with a dog who cannot swim in Cumberland County. He was stuck in his house because of Hurricane Matthew flooding.

Little did Craig know, a man posting drone pictures on social media could help.

In the News

Romeo the cat and Juliet the dog get second chance on life

Meet Romeo the cat and Juliet the dog, star-crossed lovers at a California animal shelter who are now looking for a home that will take them in — only if they can stay together, of course.

The orange Tabby and gray Miniature Schnauzer had been living as strays on the street until two weeks ago, when they were rescued and brought to Chula Vista Animal Care Facility in Chula Vista, California, according to Amanda Mills, an administrator at the shelter.

A Good Samaritan had found the pair “hiding under a car together and cuddling,” Mills told ABC News today. “And when they were brought in together, they immediately showed they didn’t want to be separated, and they physically tried to stay together.”

Picture of the Week

A Grizzly family enjoys Salmon a-la-carte

The salmon run is the time when salmon, which have migrated from the ocean, swim to the upper reaches of rivers where they spawn on gravel beds. After spawning, all Pacific salmon and most Atlantic salmon die, and the salmon life cycle starts over again. The annual run can be a major event for grizzly bears, bald eagles and sport fishermen. Most salmon species migrate during the fall (September through November).

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

Traveling by Air With Your Pet

~by Susi Pittman

If you must fly your pet, and it is placed in cargo, be prepared for the worst. I can only give you a few tips that could possibly help in transporting them safely by plane.


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

Circumstance…a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action. How is God playing in to your circumstances?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

I Would Love

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

To love from afar is to experience both sorrow and joy, yet, sometimes we must.


Weekly Commentary

Podesta & Clinton Camp Just Don’t Get – by Elizabeth Scalia

There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church.– Sandy Newman, president and founder of the Voices for Progress, in an email to John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign for President.

In response, Podesta — a Catholic — tells Newman that structures have been put in place to work toward that end. A headline in the Washington Post would suggest that the line of thinking in these Wikileaks-obtained emails was mere joking, but the conversational back-and-forth appears to be in dead earnest.

It also seems shockingly ignorant.


Catholic Writers

Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS

Fr. Dailey joined the faculty of DeSales University in 1988 and is a tenured Professor of Theology. Appointed in 2008 as the first Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, he is the senior ranking faculty member at the university. In 2000, he founded the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, which he continues to direct. During his sabbatical in 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural John Cardinal Foley Chair in Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.


Recommended Read

Live Well Today – by Father Thomas Dailey

Living the Christian life requires a strategy. Most of us won’t get to heaven through heroic feats of sanctity, but by learning to live the devout life through our everyday activities.

St. Francis de Sales has developed for you a spiritual plan of action – a plan that will help you acquire holiness despite the many responsibilities and mundane realities that take up all your time and effort.

In these pages, Fr. Thomas Dailey – an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales – gently guides you through St. Francis de Sales’s spiritual plan, showing how you can balance time devoted to God with the time needed to complete your many tasks each day.


Quote of the Week

Unrestrained liberalism only makes the strong stronger and the weak weaker and excludes the most excluded.
~ Pope Francis ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Luke the Evangelist

Geology & Archaeology

The Lake at the End of the World: Tule Lake in N. California

Tule Lake is situated at the end of the world. It’s not that it’s so big that the world seems to end beyond its margins, but something more like how it is the place that worlds ended. The lake is located in Northern California near the Oregon Border south of Klamath Falls. It fills a fault graben, a basin that formed when the crust stretched and cracked, with large valleys that sank hundreds or thousands of feet. The Tulelake graben sank enough to disrupt the flow of regional streams, and became a huge, but shallow lake. In this semiarid climate water is precious, especially to birds on the migratory flyway from the arctic to the tropics. It’s one of the places where plentiful food allowed millions of birds to rest and fatten themselves to continue their journeys.



Potential for a Mega drought in Southwest increases

As a consequence of a warming Earth, the risk of a megadrought — one that lasts more than 35 years — in the American Southwest likely will rise from a low chance over the past thousand years to a 20- to 50-percent chance in this century. However, by slashing greenhouse gas emissions, these risks are nearly cut in half, according to a Cornell-led study in Science Advances, Oct. 5.


Global Weather

Cholera outbreak in Haiti follows Hurricane Matthew

Cholera is surging in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew fouled wells, flooded rivers and latrines and forced survivors to drink contaminated storm water – even in regions that have received some deliveries of emergency aid.

Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending 1m cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this week.



Despite environmental benefits, Millennials are not sold on electric cars

Despite the fact that the vast majority of the general public agrees that electric vehicles are good for the environment, not a lot of people seem to be too keen on driving them, a new study shows. According to a recent study by Continental, the German automotive manufacturing company, most drivers in the United States acknowledge the fact that EVs are eco-friendly, but they are not very enthusiastic about buying one.



There’s a storm coming Plankton, and we best be ready!

The effects of episodic climate events like hurricanes are easy to see on land: windows are blown out, boardwalks washed away, and trees knocked over. Such storms also have ramifications for aquatic ecosystems, altering the physical and chemical environment experienced by sea creatures. Unlike the aftermath of a storm we experience on shore, the oceanographic conditions, and the associated responses of the biological community, change rapidly and are often difficult to measure.


God’s Green Earth

Autumn in New England

Farm News

Pope Francis questions genetically modified crops

In his annual message for World Food Day, Pope Francis contrasted the “wisdom of rural communities” with “the logic of consumerism and production at any cost, a logic that, cloaked in good justifications, such as the increasing population, is in reality aimed solely at the increase of profit.”

“There is a growing number of people who believe they are omnipotent, or able to ignore the cycles of the seasons and to improperly modify the various animal and plant species, leading to the loss of variety that, if it exists in nature, has and must have its role,” the Pope wrote in his message to the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


Steward Alerts

Take the Bible Literacy Test

Do you think you can pass this 16 question quiz?


Steward Activities

Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, Maggie Falley, N.C.

Living Waters is a sacred space for seekers to experience spiritual renewal and growth in a prayerful atmosphere.  Located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the Center is especially blessed with the spectacular beauty of the surrounding mountains.  The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just minutes away.

Groups who provide their own leader and have a spiritual agenda are welcome as is anyone who wishes to make a private, directed, or scheduled retreat.  Those wishing for sabbatical time are also welcome.

Winter time is especially beautiful with the snow and frost!


A Song Before The Lord



The effects of episodic climate events like hurricanes are easy to see on land: windows are blown out, boardwalks washed away, and trees knocked over. Such storms also have ramifications for aquatic ecosystems, altering the physical and chemical environment experienced by sea creatures. Unlike the aftermath of a storm we experience on shore, the oceanographic conditions, and the associated responses of the biological community, change rapidly and are often difficult to measure.



The 10 TOP Blooming Flowers For Fall

Each season has its stars and fall flowering perennials have some of the best. Fall flowers have all season to grow, so many of them are tall and stately. Fall bloomers also tend to blossom in the jewel tones of the season, deep purples, rusts, scarlet and gold. For fall bloomers to be hardy in your garden, you need to plant and establish them earlier in the season. Here are some top picks for fall blooming perennial stars.


Wellness & Nutrition

6 Immune System Boosters & Busters

Your lifestyle can affect how well your immune system can protect you from germs, viruses, and chronic illness. Replacing bad health habits with good ones can help keep your immune system healthy. Check this list to see where you could use some improvement.



Britain’s oldest “great circles” were built by ancient astronomers

New research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports has statistically proven that the earliest standing stone monuments of Britain were constructed specifically in line with the movements of the Sun and Moon, around 3000 BC.

“This research is finally proof that the ancient Britons connected the Earth to the sky with their earliest standing stones, and that this practice continued in the same way for 2,000 years,” Dr.Gail Higginbottom said.




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