October 25, 2017

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All creation gives praise to the Creator

Did You Know?

That…in just one week, the Catholic Church celebrates ALL SAINTS DAY on November 1st and ALL SOULS DAY on November 2nd? What is the Church tradition behind these two very important days?

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Good News

BOOK BUDDIES: Children reading books to cats in animal shelters


The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, is running a beautiful incentive program called “Book Buddies” where children volunteer to read books to sheltered cats.“Children in grades 1-8 who are able to read at any level may come into the shelter to read to the cats in our adoption room. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals. Cats find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing.”

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In the News

Catholics and Halloween


When you think of Halloween, what comes to mind? For a lot of people, Halloween has become synonymous with candy, costumes, scary stuff, witches, ghosts and pumpkins. But do you know the Christian connection to the holiday?

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Picture of the Week

Shine on Harvest Moon!

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.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

Speaking of Saints & Souls

~by Susi Pittman

Most people feel that the holiday season begins around Thanksgiving. Not at my house! All Saints and All Souls begins my holiday family celebration, setting the tone for heightened joy in sharing the season ahead with family present and family passed.

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Catholic Journeyman

Everybody Dies

~by Louis Templeman

Birth leads unto death in this life, which is only a doorway to our eternal continuence. Have you given death a thought recently?

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Caring For Wildlife This Autumn

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS


The autumn migrations have begun. It’s a great time to coordinate your backyard environment to assist wildlife in preparation for winter.

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Weekly Commentary

Facts About the Devil

~by Charlie McKinney


God, in His infinite power, created multitudes of angels, an impressive, incalculable number. One day during an exorcism Father Candido Amantini — a Passionist priest and my great teacher — asked a demon: “How many are you?” The demon responded: “We are so many that if we were visible we would obscure the sun.” The demon on that occasion gave information that we have no reason to disbelieve because it is confirmed in the Bible.

A great number of the angels fell because they rebelled against God. We recall that before admitting the angels to paradise, God subjected them to a trial of obedience and humility, of which we know the nature but not the specifics. The sin of the fallen angels was one of pride and disobedience. Satan, the most beautiful of all the angels, being aware of his extreme intelligence, rebelled at the idea of being subjected to someone. He forgot that he was a creature made by God. Many angels followed him in his folly.

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Catholic Writers

ROBERT J. WICKS


Popular Catholic author and speaker Robert J. Wicks has been helping people take greater stock of their lives for almost forty years. He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work, and has a consulting practice.

Wicks, a Queens, New York, native, received a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. John’s University and a doctorate in psychology from Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. He received honorary doctorates from Caldwell College and Georgian Court University, and in 2006, the first Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University. He is also the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Religious Values in Counseling. He has written more than fifty books. Wicks and his wife, Michaele, have a grown daughter and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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A Recommended Read

Riding the Dragon—by Robert J. Wicks


With over 50,000 copies sold, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times has for a decade made itself an indispensable spiritual and psychological guide to readers experiencing seasons of adversity. This anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author with personal reflections and fresh perspective on today’s challenges.

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Quote of the Week

Do not abandon yourself to despair, we are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song!

Catholic Saints

Saint Simon & Saint Jude

Sustainability

The Difference Between Sustainable, Eco & Green Tourism

Have you ever heard the term “green hotel”? How about “sustainable resort” or “eco-friendly tours”? The green travel market can be difficult to navigate with so many terms being thrown around. Businesses sometimes use these terms dishonestly in an effort to appeal to a growing movement of conscientious travelers without actually having any environmentally or socially responsible policies in place. Here, we hope to shed some light on what these terms really mean.

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Conservation

Rethinking tourism and its contribution to conservation in New Zealand


New Zealand is one of 36 global hotspots for biodiversity. Its unique wildlife is a major draw card for tourists.

About three million international visitors arrive in New Zealand each year, adding NZ$15 billion to the economy. At least half explore a national park or protected area (PA), but they contribute very little to these conservation lands.

Government policies implemented since 2009 as part of a “conservation economy” vision aimed to stimulate economic growth by opening up business access to national parks.

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Environment

Alligators like to snack on Sharks


American alligators are frequently seen ambling around golf courses in Florida as players warily compete their rounds. But new research suggests the reptiles partake in a far more outlandish habit when away from the greens – eating sharks.

US researchers have documented instances of alligators preying upon small sharks along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. A study, published in the journal Southeastern Naturalist, claims to be the first scientific study of the largely unseen struggle between the two feared predators.

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God’s Green Earth

Orchids

Farm News

Meeting the challenge to produce more food


The need for food is growing substantially as global population increases and lifestyles change. Food production will have to double by 2050 to meet demand.

How will agricultural systems meet the challenge to produce more food without jeopardizing natural resources? The Nature Conservancy believes the answer is sustainable intensification, an agricultural approach that uses the best science and technology matched to the unique conditions found in large production operations and small family farms around the world.

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Steward Alerts

What the Holy See Told the UN About Outer Space

When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in by voicing its hopes for a more inclusive attitude in space exploration that would incorporate the good of all peoples, despite economic or social inequalities.

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Steward Activities

Taking Time For God


Are you struggling to fit God into your busy life? Then you’ve come to the right place.

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A Song Before The Lord

For All The Saints

Gardening

Trees need water now to battle winter weather


When the temperatures drop into the 40s and Jack Frost arrives, most folks no longer think about watering their gardens. Homeowners who depend on landscaping companies to care for their irrigation systems don’t have a choice as to when they are turned off for the winter. It’s not just a matter of turning a switch to shutting off the main valve, the water lines need to be drained or blown out using an air compressor. And, this all takes time so gardeners need to be plugged into a schedule so they are all taken care of before the ground freezes.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Signs your dog or cat may have fall allergies


Autumn brings many delights: colorful leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, a reprieve from the heat of summer. For pets with allergies, however, a change in season can also mean the onset of uncomfortable itching and skin infections. The idea that seasonal allergies are limited to springtime is a myth.

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Stargazing

Lunar Tribute


The new documentary film “Lunar Tribute” depicts the awe and anxiety of traveling across the “velvet” blackness of space, and reveals the dedication of one astronaut to his family.

I want my audience to look at the moon and see past its cratered surface, to feel a subconscious connection with the mystery of our universe and a very real connection with those pioneers who left their families back on Mother Earth, risking all to explore this new frontier. ~ Director Robert Lewis

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Smile

“Up in the air junior birdmen”

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