Home Page: August 17, 2016

Celebrating 7 Years Online

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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~

Did You Hear?

THAT…..Mother Teresa will be canonized at the Vatican on September 4th, 2016?


Good News

Two Lions Saved From “Hell-hole”

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was able to free two additional animals from the Cricket Hollow Zoo — two African Lions named Jonwah and Njjarra. The two lionesses were transported to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado and are getting acclimated to their new habitat, after the Animal Legal Defense Fund reached a settlement with the previous owners, Pam and Tom Sellner.


In the News

Please HELP Louisiana’s Animal Victims of the Floods

The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting with animal rescue efforts in the flooded areas and requests supplies from the public as animals flood area shelters. It’s important to know that the Louisiana SPCA is not leading animal rescue efforts; we are assisting the coordinating agency, the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART).

The biggest area of need is currently supplies. The affected shelters are inundated with animals and need supplies to care for them. The influx of animals is only going to increase in the coming days as the floodwaters recede. The Louisiana SPCA has secured three local drop-off locations for pet supplies:


Picture of the Week

The Australian Peacock Spider, found only in parts of Australia is a member of the jumping spider family. The male of the species best be quick in mating, lest the female quickly nab him and devour him.

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 Hummingbirds: God speed!

~by Susi Pittman

Perhaps one of the hardest things for me to lose each autumn is the presence of my hummingbird family. They leave me this month, migrating thousands of miles to Mexico and Central America.


Catholic Journeyman

The Finest Wheat

~by Louis Templeman

In Old Testament times,  people did not eat for pleasure, they ate to live. The finest wheat was reserved for celebration…Louis explains.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

We Are Stewards, Not Czars

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

Problems in the natural realm continue to arise as humankind turns a blind eye to the inter-connected-ness that exists between itself and all other natural creatures and things.


Weekly Commentary

Harney Peak Renamed For Sioux Catholic Convert -  Black Elk

~by Patti Armstrong

Hiking up South Dakota’s 7,242-foot Harney Peak, the highest North American point east of the Rocky Mountains, is one of our family’s fondest memories.   My husband took the three oldest boys one summer and, a few years later, our entire family from teens down to a toddler in a backpack scaled it. We made it all the way to the beautiful old stone fire lookout on top. This past August 11, our beloved Harney Peak was renamed Black Elk Peak.


Discovering Catholic Writers


I’m a Catholic mom of five grown sons, happily married to my high school sweetheart. When my youngest boy was getting ready to enter high school in 2007, I began writing my first novel. Published by Bezalel Books in 2012, Finding Grace earned the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. My second YA novel for Bezalel, titled Erin’s Ring, was published in 2014. Swing by my other blog, String of Pearls if you want to read about my faith, my family, and all sorts of other good stuff.

Recommended Read

Erin’s Ring – by Laura H. Pearl

Erin’s Ring is a wonderful book on the Irish-Catholic heritage in the United States. It is a story of love and perseverance and hope. Erin’s Ring is a Young Adult book that will surely be loved by readers of all ages!”


Quote of the Week

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather He will ask, “How much love did you put into what you did?”

~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Januarius

Geology & Archaeology

Olympic Geology

If geology was an Olympic sport, Rio de Janeiro would probably take gold. From its tall, striking mountains it its beautiful valleys and sparkling blue bay, it’s one of the most stunning cities in the world. Setting the Olympics there was no simple task: there were a lot of geologic challenges to overcome. While athletes continue to bring home medals this week, let’s go explore the geology behind the Games!



NOAA: There once was a year without summer

The summer of 1816 was not like any summer people could remember. Snow fell in New England. Gloomy, cold rains fell throughout Europe. It was cold and stormy and dark – not at all like typical summer weather. Consequently, 1816 became known in Europe and North America as “The Year Without a Summer.”

Why was the summer of 1816 so different? Why was there so little warmth and sunshine in Europe and North America? The answer could be found on the other side of the planet – at Indonesia’s Mount Tambora.


Global Weather

California BURNS

At least a dozen buildings were burned and more than 82,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes as a fast-moving wildfire exploded across the drought-parched canyons in Southern California on Tuesday. The inferno that started out as a small patch of flame next to Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass had scorched 15,000 acres of the San Bernardino Mountains. By nightfall, it had churned up and over ridges and was descending into the Mojave Desert.



Louisiana FLOODS

Eleven people have died from torrential rain and flooding in southeastern Louisiana, which Gov. John Bel Edwards today described as “unprecedented” and “historic.” About 40,000 homes have been affected by the flooding, Edwards said. More than 20,000 people have been rescued and about 8,000 were in shelters Monday night, according to Edwards.



Southern Oceans Continue to Pull CO2 From the Atmosphere

The oceans near Antarctica that absorb carbon and protect our planet from climate change have been working robustly in the past decade, finds a new study published yesterday in Science.

The study contradicts earlier inferences that the Southern Ocean’s carbon sink has been weak in the 21st century. The earlier studies were based on modeling, while the new study is based on observations.


God’s Green Earth

Migrating Birds -  The Fall Migrations Begin

Farm News

From intelligent drones to robotic bees

Future technology and the opportunities it presents for farmers was the centrepiece of discussion at AHDB’s Smart Agriculture conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

From robot bees that could pollinate flowers in the face of declining numbers of real bees, to fruit-penetrating lasers which could sense damaged fruit, there was some real food for thought as to how intelligent machinery could enhance agriculture.


Steward Alerts

MEDI-SHARE: Christian Healthcare

Medi-Share is a healthcare sharing program where Christians share financial resources to pay each other’s medical expenses. Since 1993, over $875 million has been shared and discounted among Medi-Share members. It’s a proven biblical model of healthcare–Christians helping Christians. Medi-Share gives Christians the assurance that their healthcare dollars are helping fellow believers who are living God-honoring lifestyles, based on biblical principles and service to others. With options that fit every budget, and even an incentive available for our healthier members, Medi-Share is sensible stewardship for Christians who don’t want to be left alone to pay their medical bills.


Steward Activities


~by Bishop Robert Barron

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, A Tale of Grace

I suppose that most of us know the basic story rather well. Judah Ben-Hur is a Jewish nobleman living with his aristocratic family in an elegant home in Roman-occupied Jerusalem at the time of Christ. Messala is a young Roman whom the family adopted and who has become, effectively, a brother to Judah. In the recent version, Messala pursues a career as a Roman soldier, fighting in some of the most distant outposts of the empire. Upon his return, he reunites with his family, but when it appears that they have been harboring a Zealot opponent of the empire, he turns on them brutally, sending most to prison and sentencing Judah to the hellish life of a Roman galley slave.


A Song Before The Lord

Panis Angelicus


US agency to lift ban on funding human–animal hybrids

Researchers in the United States will soon be able to resume creating chimaera-based projects.

Since September 2015, researchers have been banned from receiving funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for adding human stem cells to animal embryos, creating blends called chimaeras. But a proposal by the NIH released on 4 August would lift the funding moratorium, except for certain situations. It would also set up a panel to review the ethics and oversight of grant applications.



What To Plant In Your Fall Garden

Ideally gardeners should start preparing for fall right around the summer solstice, if not before if you live in an area with a short growing season.  In most areas planting should take place from July through August to allow for plenty of time for seeds and plants to grow and mature before the first autumn freeze. The average date of the first killing frost in your area is the most important thing to know when it comes to fall vegetable gardening.  Your local garden center is a good source of information for this date.


Wellness & Nutrition

10 Holistic Tips For Managing Your Pets Fall Allergies

The elemental tumult of fall (dying plant life, dryness, moisture, cooler temperatures, wind, etc.) stirs up environmental allergens and irritants that can affect the eyes, nose, skin, and other body systems of both people and animals. Common clinical signs of allergies include:



Big Picture Science Radio Show: Are we over the moon?

When astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972, he didn’t think he’d be the last human ever to touch its surface.  But no one’s been back.  Hear astronaut Cernan’s reaction to being the last man on the moon, the reasons why President Kennedy launched the Apollo program, and why Americans haven’t returned.

Click HERE for the broadcast.



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