September 27, 2017


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~All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD~


Did You Hear?

THAT…a Virginia woman chartered a jet that rescued 300 animals in the Virgin Islands?

When Hurricane Maria took aim at the U.S. Virgin Islands last week, Sali Gear knew she had to move fast.

Gear, the co-founder of Virginia Beach’s Island Dog Rescue, grew up in the islands. She had been working on plans to evacuate all the pets from all three of the U.S. Virgin Islands ― St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix ― after Hurricane Irma devastated the area.


Good News


The Conservation Canines program addresses this need by combining the precision and efficiency of detection dogs to readily locate wildlife scat (feces) samples with the ability to extract a wide variety of genetic, physiological, toxicological and dietary indicators from these samples. These indicators enable us to ascertain species abundance, distribution, resource use, and physiological health all in relation to the environmental pressure(s) the species is encountering.


In the News

Frida: The Mexican Rescue Dog, saves 52 lives

A labrador retriever has made global headlines following her rescue efforts in Mexico’s recent earthquakes. The local heroine, who goes by the name of Frida, is employed by the Mexican navy (SEMAR) to conduct search and rescue missions in the event of a natural disaster.

Frida’s efforts first came to light two weeks ago when an earthquake struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Wearing protective goggles, a khaki harness and two pairs of booties, the seven-year-old dog managed to detect the body of a Juchitan police officer and several others under the rubble.

After a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City on Tuesday leaving at least 250 people dead, the rescue dog and her canine colleagues were deployed to find survivors buried under the rubble.

Picture of the Week

The cats who call the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West home are all safe and accounted for after the bulk of Hurricane Irma spared the island city. All 55 cats — and the people who stayed behind to care for them — are a-okay at the property … which itself is still standing and suffered no major structural damage. While there are a few trees down on the estate, everything else at the house appears to be fine.

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

My Hummingbird Family: Time to depart

~by Susi Pittman

The hummingbirds that frequent my yard are seasonal family. Yesterday they flew to me and wished me farewell until Spring.


Catholic Journeyman

First Day of Tai Chi

~by Louis Templeman

Dealing with Parkinson’s opens doors to totally new experiences, some are sure to amuse…and better yet, bless!


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Dad and I and the Prairie Dog

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Recollections of a past conversation with Dad.


Weekly Commentary

Virtue Signaling & Secular Redemption

Ever since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling before preseason games in 2016, taking a knee in protest has become all the rage among the self-styled athletic elite. Spreading out from Kaepernick’s banal act of “defiance,” more and more players on more and more teams began refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem. The madness has now reached such a pitch that team coaches—the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, for example—and even team owners—such as the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones—are showing ingratitude toward the very nation that has enriched them. Players from awful inner city neighborhoods are protesting the police presence which keeps those places from descending into full chaos—and are also destroying the league that was their one ticket out of poverty.


Catholic Writers


Joseph Pearce is Director of the Center for Faith and Culture and Writer in Residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a renowned biographer whose books include his autobiography, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love (Saint Benedict Press, 2013); Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Ho Lung, Missionaries of the Poor (Saint Benedict Press, 2012), Through Shakespeare’s Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays (Ignatius Press, 2010); and Tolkien: Man and Myth, a Literary Life (HarperCollins, 1998). He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Higher Education from Thomas More College for the Liberal Arts and also received the Pollock Award for Christian Biography. He is co-editor of the St. Austin Review and has hosted two series on Shakespeare for EWTN, as well as hosting several EWTN productions on J. R. R. Tolkien.

Recommended Reads

C.S.Lewis & The Catholic Church – by Joseph Pearce

In C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, Joseph Pearce delves into Lewis’s life, writings, and spiritual influences to shed light on the matter. Although C. S. Lewis’s conversion to Christianity was greatly influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien, a Catholic, and although Lewis embraced many distinctively Catholic teachings, such as purgatory and the sacrament of Confession, he never formally entered the Church.


Quote of the Week

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

~C. S. Lewis

Catholic Saints

Saint Paul of the Cross

Geology & Archaeology

Medieval porpoise “grave” on Channel Islands Puzzles Archaeologists

Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.

The team believe the marine animal found on the island of Chapelle Dom Hue, off the west coast of Guernsey, was buried in the 14th century.

When they first spotted the carefully cut plot they were convinced it was a grave and would hold human remains, but they were taken aback when they dug further and unearthed the skull and other body parts of a porpoise.

Quite why the porpoise was buried so carefully on the island, which is thought to have been used by monks seeking solitude, is a mystery.



Wildfires ravage Pacific Northwest & California

Over a million acres of the Pacific Northwest have been scorched by wildfires and giant sequoias are endangered by the flames.  Now southern California wildfires are on the rampage.

View photos of the wildfires.


Global Weather

The Aftermath of Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico

A week after Hurricane Maria forged a warpath through Puerto Rico, the extent of the devastation is still being surveyed. New photos from the island have shown the extent of the catastrophic damage, with homes leveled, trees littering the landscape and debris covering virtually every surface.

Roughly 97 percent of the island’s 3.4 million people are will without power, while half still don’t have access to running water. Pictures captured residents hauling containers to be filled with water from trucks and attempting to clean themselves with the bottled water. Some gathered water from nearby streams to sustain them until they could access aid trucks. Only 21 of the island’s 69 hospitals had any power or fuel Wednesday.



New seed mixture supports sustainable livestock farming – addresses rapidly declining pollinator populations

Grassland Oregon announces a new seed mixture, called Pastures for Pollinators, that includes a variety of flowering annual clovers to support sustainable livestock farming in the United States and increase pollinator populations. Pastures for Pollinators seed mixture offers a solution to the declining pollinator population problem. Livestock farmers can use this new seed blend for the health of their soil and cattle, with the added benefit of creating new natural habitats for pollinators.



Reef Connect

Have you ever wondered what you can do to contribute to coral reef conservation? Reef Connect hopes to spread the word in the Virgin Islands on how everyone can do their part to support coral reefs.



Great White Shark Nursery “Confirmed” off Long Island NY

For as much time we spend thinking about great white sharks as the apex predator of the wide open ocean, we don’t actually know that much about them. They’re surprisingly elusive, especially when it comes to reproduction. But a new study looking at young white sharks has confirmed an area between Massachusetts and Long Island where 1-year-olds spend a whole lot of time. That makes this particular stretch of ocean a white shark “nursery.”


God’s Green Earth

How fire can restore a forest

Farm News

The Catholic Rural Life

Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside. Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America, strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.

Read their latest commentary:


Steward Alerts

10 Practical Ways To Win the Pro Life Battle

Let’s face it. The candidates and party that have promised the most to pro lifers have delivered very little on a national level. While the national battle is important, we should also consider these ten things that ordinary people can do to in the pro-life battle.


Steward Activities

Our Lady of Fatima Graphic Novel

In this 100th-Year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, we are honored to release the Graphic Novel based on the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

We are currently taking pre-orders with an expected ship date between November 15 and December 1, 2017 – in plenty of time for Christmas! Hurry to get the FREE companion coloring book, offered only to our Pre-Order customers.

Our Lady of Fatima Graphic Novel is packed with attractive full color pages of the miraculous events. The reader will take a trip back in time with Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia to re-discover the events that took place when Our Lady appeared to them in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

This commemorative, hardbound book helps the reader to not only visualize the heavenly apparitions, but challenges them to apply the messages of Our Lady in this day in age. Let us take to heart the call of Our Lady to repentance and reparation, for we know that the message of Fatima is “relevant now more than ever” (Pope St. John Paul II, May 13, 1982).


A Song Before The Lord

Shepherd Me O God


The Garden Club of America

The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement. Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country.


Wellness & Nutrition

How barometric pressure effects the human body

Remember when your grandma used to say that she knew when a storm was coming because she could “feel it in her bones”? It turns out that she may not have been as crazy as you thought. Changes in barometric pressure that accompany storms and shifts in weather patterns do affect our bodies, and many people are more sensitive to those effects than others.



How Ancient Star Maps Gave Rise to Ancient Astronomy

Scientists have incredibly advanced tools to look at the stars today, but in the era before light pollution, star-gazing was much easier and simpler for the average person—just step outside at night. Pretty early on, and in a variety of cultures, people realized that they could chart the stars and their movements for navigation. The Greek constellations, which were tied to their myths, illustrate how this information moved through time. But humanity’s early star maps are much more than ancient artifacts—they became part of our history and culture, and continue to inform modern science to a surprising degree.



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