HOME PAGE: October 21, 2015

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~

40 Days For Life NOW thru NOV. 1st

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

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Did You Hear?

Why seals like to forage at offshore wind farms?


Researchers found a proportion of GPS tagged harbour seals repeatedly visited wind turbines in the North Sea. They deduced the mammals were attracted to these structures – which may act as artificial reefs – to hunt for prey. “As far as we know this is the first study that’s shown marine mammals feeding at wind farms,” said research team member Dr Deborah Russell from the University of St Andrews, UK.

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Good News

Pilots N Paws

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 non-profit organization. This site is intended to be a meeting place for those who rescue, shelter or foster animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals. It is not the intent of Pilots N Paws to coordinate or arrange those providing these valuable services, but to provide the environment in which those involved can come together in a common place and arrange or schedule rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter and all other related activities.

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A lucky dog is saved from euthanasia and flown to a new home.

In the News

10 Reasons why Mutts & Mixed Breeds rock!


People who are looking to adopt a dog often choose a certain dog breed and don’t realize the mixed breed dog they are passing by has many advantages over a pure breed. If you’re looking to adopt a new family member, think about mixing it up.

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Picture of the Week

A mother lion’s cool respite with her family.

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.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

THE LEAVES IN THE YARD

~by Susi Pittman


I can’t tell you how many times raking leaves has been a cumbersome chore, one that for certain was tolerated more because the air was finally cool. But, not this year. This year the leaves in the yard had a message.

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Catholic Journeyman

Why Does God Name Himself

~by Louis Templeman

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Identity, the knowing of ones self and of understanding others is critical to the human condition in handling life interactions…as Our Creator-God knows so well.

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A Poet’s Voice

THE FLAME

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

There is perhaps no greater earthly symbol of guidance to safe harbor than the lighthouse. It lends itself to a more holy aspect when viewed with spiritual eyes.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nocturnal Visit

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS

The deep of night has much to offer…and for Virginia, her insomnia was her ticket into the creature world that lives in the dark.

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Weekly Commentary

Laudato Si & Agriculture—Cardinal Peter Turkson


Two months ago, on June 18, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on “Care For Our Common Home”, the environment. The home itself is in crisis; and within this home, so many people are hungry — millions upon millions of them. There are very loud voices that urge partial answers, misleading answers, self-interested answers and non-answers to the key urgent questions of environment, agriculture and food. I believe that a genuine response may be built upon three perspectives.

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Geology & Archaeology

Active volcanoes in Victoria Australia?—Stephanie Sykora


Unsuspectingly lurking next to the massive metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, is a region of young and active volcanoes! This volcanic province covers an area >23,000 km in the southern state of Victoria. The volcanoes here are dormant, but still active, with the last eruption ~5000 years ago at Mt. Gambier. The landscape is flat due to extensive plains of basalt, but it is riddled with features like volcanic scoria cones, maars, shield volcanoes, etc. I recently jumped on the opportunity to head across the water from Tassie to check out some of these stunning and ideal landforms on a trip lead by Dr. David Cooke and Dr. Rebecca Carey from our geology department at the University of Tasmania.

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Global Weather

TRMM—Current Global Heavy Rain, Flood & Landslide Monitoring


The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission TRMM was a joint space mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall.

One of the great challenges facing mankind in the 21st century is the threat of global climate change due to increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Is the threat real? Computer models that predict the future climate still differ in some very substantial ways with some models predicting little or no warming, while others predict temperature increases that would substantially alter our way of life.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

Dr. Thomas R. Collingwood


Dr. Collingwood is the designer of Eco-Fit, a combined approach to develop stewardship of both the environment and the body (through physical fitness). He has served as a Master Naturalist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife, as a volunteer Interpretive Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, and as an Interpretive Hikemaster for the YMCA of the Rockies. He currently provides environmental stewardship retreats through the Creation faith based stewardship organization and the St. Malo Retreat Center in Colorado. A wonderful interview with Thomas can be found on The Catholic Mom.

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A Recommended Read

Becoming A Catholic Steward: A Catholic Ethic For the Environment


In conducting nature interpretation hikes and conservation projects over the years, Dr. Tom Collingwood found a common lack of a stewardship ethic in both adults and youth. In turn, he found stewardship will only be sustained if it has meaning and purpose within an individual’s worldview as defined by one’s faith. Likewise, he believes that environmental stewardship should be integrated with the broader culture of life and the ecology of the human person.

Buy the book HERE.

Quote of the Week

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.

~Albert Schweitzer~

Discovering Catholic Saints

October 22—Pope Saint John Paul II


“Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. In his 27 years of papal ministry, John Paul II wrote 14 encyclicals and five books, canonized 482 saints and beatified 1,338 people. In the last years of his life, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was forced to cut back on some of his activities. Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Paul II in 2011, and Pope Francis canonized him in 2014.

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Climate

Coral Reefs Die As El Nino Hots up


Record sea temperatures combined with a strong El Niño are causing widespread coral bleaching, which is threatening to kill over 12,000 square kilometres of reefs.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared a global bleaching event, making this only the third such crisis in recorded history.

NOAA’s declaration has implications for the livelihoods of 500 million people worldwide and income worth $30 billion, because reefs support 25% of all marine species and are a nursery ground for many species of fish.

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Sustainability

DEVELOPMENT: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability


Enter citizens. They are increasingly contributing environmental measurements and geographical information, through social media, crowd sourcing and open-source databases such as OpenStreetMap, a free and editable map of the world. User-generated sources can gather more data than any government agency could manage. Every day, people upload roughly 100 terabytes of data to Facebook; send 294 billion e-mails; and write 230 million tweets. Mobile-phone users send and receive 1.3 exabytes of data and each household consumes 375 megabytes of data. If citizens are to contribute data to the SDGs, protocols and guidelines must be established to protect individual rights and privacy. Individuals should know how their data will be used and be assured that their privacy is maintained.

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God’s Green Earth

God’s Green Earth the Show–with Rodney Pelletier

Farm News

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.

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, CRL is a membership-based organization, comprised of dedicated bishops, laity, and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural Church, rural people, and their communities.

While the issues that affect rural communities have changed over the decades, CRL‘s commitment to rural America has never wavered. Today, we advance our mission through three distinct but inter-related Areas of Impact.

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Steward Alerts

HUMAN LIFE INTERNATIONAL


Human Life International’s mission is to defend the God-given right to life and dignity of all human persons from conception until natural death. HLI is a Catholic apostolate seeking to respond to our calling as followers of Jesus Christ by building a Culture of Life and of Love around the world through education, outreach, advocacy, and service.

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Novena Prayer for the Protection of the Family

O Lord, God of goodness and mercy, Who in the midst of an evil and sinful world hast presented to the society of the redeemed the Holy Family of Nazareth as a spotless mirror of piety, justice and love, behold how the family is being undermined on all sides, every effort being made to desecrate it by stripping it of faith, religion, and morals. Regard the work of Thy own hands. Safeguard in our homes the domestic virtues, for these alone will ensure us harmony and peace. Come and stir up the champions of the family.

Under Thy paternal gaze, O Lord, and with confidence in Thy Providence and in the loving patronage of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the family will become a sanctuary of virtue and a school of wisdom. In the sight of the world it shall render glory to Thee, O Father, and to Thy Son, Jesus, until the day when, through Him, we shall, together with all His members, sing the Divine praises in the eternal ages to come. Amen

Recite: Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.

Steward Activities

MOVIE REVIEW—THE MARTIAN

Though the compelling sci-fi epic “The Martian” (Fox) is an unusually long movie, what viewers of faith may cherish most about this masterful adventure is a single line of dialogue in the form of a three-word prayer. Brief as it is, this one utterance — made all the more eloquent by the apparently casual tone in which it’s pronounced — represents a ringing affirmation of belief in divine assistance.

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A Song Before The Lord

Gift of Finest Wheat

Environmental Education

U.S. Lawsuits Build Against Monsanto


Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be “mass tort” actions against agrichemical giant Monsanto Co that claim the company’s Roundup herbicide has caused cancer in farm workers and others exposed to the chemical. Roundup is used by farmers, homeowners and others around the globe and brought Monsanto $4.8 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2015. But questions about Roundup’s safety have dogged the company for years. Attorneys who have filed or are eying litigation cited strong evidence that links glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). They said claims will likely be pursued collaboratively as mass tort actions.

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Youth Stewardship

ZENGER FARM: Winter Camp 2015


Winter Camp 2015 at Zenger Farm is now open to Kindergarten through 6th graders! Campers will celebrate the changing of the seasons, craft natural gifts for friends and family, and cook farm-fresh winter delights! Need-based scholarships are available.

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Gardening

Do pumpkins grow in trees?


You probably think pumpkins are a vining crop that sprawls over the ground, producing big orange globes every here and there. Not the pumpkin plant at Linda Nagle’s Mechanicsburg Crafter’s Retreat along West Main Street in Mechanicsburg. This one has a mind of its own and some loftier aims, i.e. laying fruits in trees much as a bird lays an egg in a nest. Nagle says she didn’t even plant the pumpkin that grew up her border fence, latched onto an upright yew, and began growing a future jack-o-lantern in the branch crotches about 8 feet up.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Top pet health tips for autumn


Ahhh, Fall! This time of year means football, crisp air, colorful foliage and even, depending on where you live, a little bit of snow. It’s a great time to get outside with your pet; for a dog, there’s nothing like a romp in the leaves, while for cats, midday sunbeams have never felt better as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping him enjoy fall to the fullest, there are some things to keep in mind.

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Stargazing

Could the lunar south pole support a human base?


The European and Russian Space Agencies are to send the first spacecraft to land on an unexplored area on the south pole of the Moon. It will be one of a series of missions that will lay the groundwork for a possible permanent settlement on the lunar surface. The probe will drill deep into the ground and assess whether there is sufficient water and raw materials to make fuel and oxygen.

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