November 1, 2017


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All creation sings your praise O Lord!

Have you wondered?

How has life on earth changed during my lifetime?


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.


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.


Picture of the Week

The Kissing Gouramis originates from Thailand to Indonesia. They are popular with aquarists for the fish’s peculiar “kissing” behavior of other fish, plants, and other objects. Kissers of both sexes will often spar by meeting mouths and pushing each other through the water. Large quantities of these fish are exported to Japan, Europe, North America, Australia, and other parts of the world for just this reason.

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


~by Susi Pittman

There is something in the word “trust” that demands ones inner honor to ascend to a new height. I know a group that operates with that kind of integrity


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.


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

Summorum Pontificum

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.


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.


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.


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~

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.



Better land use could cut carbon emisions by 2030

Land use is often a forgotten priority, yet those of us who wish to contain global warming and avert catastrophic climate change have a natural ally: the land.

As nations plan to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion, an international team of scientists has calculated just how much the natural and farmed world could contribute to future stability by absorbing ever more carbon dioxide.



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.



Home sweet (artificial) home

“This artificial reef is a living laboratory where we can learn about managing a port in a way that allows a dynamic new ecosystem to function and thrive, while meeting economic development priorities.



Massive Die-off for Adelie Penguin Chicks in Antarctica

Only two chicks survived the massive die-off among the thousands born to 18,000 pairs of breeding adults, researchers reported. Scientists believe most of the dead chicks starved as frequently absent parents were forced to travel farther in search of food due to the effects of climate change. Ironically, in a time of global warming, the most significant factor this year was that the adult penguins were blocked from the sea by more ice than usual, forcing them to travel longer distances before they could swim for food while the chicks starved. The extra ice was due to the breakup of the Mertz glacier in 2010 as waters warmed.


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.


Steward Alerts


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.


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

Cultivating Gratitude in Your Family

Gratitude isn’t easy. It often feels as though we’re hardwired to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, no matter how many blessings have come our way. It’s glaringly obvious when you think about it: my husband and I often catch ourselves asking, “When are we going to get a break?” only to be blasted from our self-pity by events in the news or the struggles of family and friends. The truth is, being grateful takes practice and effort, and that’s especially important when it comes to our kids.


A Song Before The Lord

Gift of Finest Wheat


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.


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.



Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 EYES

NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA’s first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology has taken a quantum leap. Photo sensors that were improved by the space program have become commercially ubiquitous. Cameras have shrunk in size, increased in quality and are now carried in every cellphone and laptop.



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