HOME PAGE October 28, 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~

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Good News

Woman reads to shelter dogs to ease their loneliness


It all started because she missed her own dog. After 14 years with her beloved Welsh Corgi, Sandy Barbabella was at a loss when he died last year—terribly lonely, yet not quite ready for a new four-legger in her life. So the mother of four and grandmother of six decided to volunteer at the local animal shelter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spend some quality time with furry friends who, like her, were missing their buddies.

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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

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed this long-duration solar flare on Oct. 22nd. Typical solar flares are finished in a matter of minutes. On Oct. 22nd, a solar flare in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2434 lasted for more than 3 hours. The slow explosion produced a Coronal Mass Ejection, which is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field on Oct. 25th

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

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

His footprints beckon us to follow Him

~by Louis Templeman

Faced with life’s challenges, we seek guidance, solace, wisdom, patience, fortitude and the like. If we open our spiritual eyes, there is a clear path, one that requires us to follow the footsteps.

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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

Native Landscaping with Neighbors in Mind

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS


Most folks are not familiar with native landscaping, especially in modern suburbia. Virginia offers expert advice on creating your own native garden and keeping the neighbors, both human and woodland living in harmony with you.

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Weekly Commentary

Trigger Warnings: A Call for Frequent Prayer


Borrowing from C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Father Paul Scalia once wrote that the Devil can’t create. “The Devil is unable to create anything. He lacks the ability to create…. He can only take what is good and distort it a bit…. So the Devil takes the good things of God and he mimics them. He mocks them by imitating them.” The enemy’s instrumentalities of distortion and mockery frequently are well-intentioned people. Remember what pavement is on the road to hell.

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Geology & Archaeology

Was Sardinia home to the mythical Atlantis?


Homer talks of Poseidon lashing out, Plato refers to a massive marine disaster. What happened on Sardinia in the second millennium BC? What dramatic event swept away the Tyrrhenian civilisation and the “tower builders” cited by Strabo and the poet Hesiod in antiquity? Was it an earthquake or a tidal wave? A comet? Was it punishment meted out by Zeus, as Plato suggests in Critias, acting pitilessly to improve the behaviour of these people who had been spoiled by living in a land where it was always spring? Certainly they occupied a beautiful, fertile island, endowed with all sorts of metal, both hard and malleable, such as zinc, lead and silver.

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Global Weather

WEATHER ON DEMAND: Making it rain is now global business


“Fire left,” instructs Pederson. Mistry flips a switch on the center console and deploys a flare on the left wing. “Fire right.” There are 24 cylinders resembling sticks of dynamite wired to racks on the plane’s wings, 12 on each. The flares are filled with combustible sodium chloride—pulverized table salt mixed with a flammable potassium powder. When the switch is flipped, the end of the flare shoots orange fire and trillions of superfine salt particles are released into the cloud. Water molecules are attracted to salt, so they bond to the particles and coalesce into raindrops.

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Discovering 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

We Remember

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Simon & Saint Jude

Climate

Borneo on fire


Asian countries near the equator are in an extreme drought, one of the more predictable impacts of an El Niño event like the one underway this year. The worst forest fires in nearly two decades are burning out of control on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. This Oct. 14 image from NASA’s Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) shows a section of the Indonesian side of Borneo 258 miles (415 kilometers) wide, extending from the center to the south coast of the island. A blanket of smoke covers much of the image, blowing westward with the prevailing winds toward Sumatra and the nations of Malaysia and Singapore.

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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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God’s Green Earth

Orchids

Farm News

Green Gate Farm


Green Gate Farms, a certified organic farm, was established by us (Skip Connett and Erin Flynn) in an under served neighborhood in east Austin in 2006. Working off-farm jobs to fund our efforts, we restored a historic farm site to create a community resource for neighbors of all incomes. Our vision is to cultivate an organic farm that feeds mind, body and soul. The past few years have been a whirlwind! Come help as we add an Education Center and Pavilion to the farm!

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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

Environmental Education

Why a radioactive wasteland has become a wildlife haven


Sometimes, something that seems terrible can actually turn out to be good, or at the very least have a silver lining. Take the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, one of only two category 7 nuclear disasters. The disaster spread radiation across Europe, causing livestock and people to get sick, and even resulting in an increased number of abortions as mothers feared that their babies would be born with deformities. Sounds horrible right? And in most ways the disaster was indeed tragic. The meltdown in Ukraine may ultimately turn out to be a good thing for the local wildlife, wildlife.

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Youth Stewardship

Eduardo Verastegui of Metanoia Films

“Hollywood doesn’t belong to the studios. Hollywood belongs to God.” In my opinion, a high percentage of what is coming out of Hollywood is very disconnected from the reality of who we are in this country and what families are—and that can poison the minds of the youth. At the same time Hollywood can be a great platform to do something good, and that’s what I am trying to do—to be involved in projects that are rich. My goal is to produce movies that have potential to make a difference in society. My hope as a filmmaker is that as people leave the theater they will be moved, touched, and inspired to do the right thing.

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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

Mars Rover Finds Gale Crater Was Once A Lake


About the time that life was taking hold on Earth, Mars not only had the ingredients for life as well, but long-lived lakes that could support it, new research from NASA’s Curiosity rover team shows .Analysis of sediments and geologic features found in the rover’s Gale Crater landing site show that the basin periodically filled with water that lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years.

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Smile

“Up in the air junior birdmen”

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