September 20, 2017


This website will update again on September 27, 2017


Fall officially arrives in the Northern hemisphere, Friday September 22, at 4:02PM


Many thanks to all of you who prayed for us and the people of Florida. We here in north, central Florida were without power and internet for 7 days. We lost large trees, endured 100 + mph winds and some flooding, but all people, structures  and the 17 rescued animals are safe and healthy. Thanks be to God!

Hurricane Irma

The ASPCA In Florida



Cruisers on Royal Caribbeans’ Majesty of the Seas, went from sunbathers to rescuers and counselors

Gay and Robert Mahoney boarded Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas in Port Canaveral on Sept. 4 expecting a simple five-day cruise. Instead, they spent 16 days at sea dodging Hurricane Irma on a ship that scrapped its itinerary of glitz, gambling and booze to run rescue and evacuation missions throughout the Caribbean.

“It has been an experience of a lifetime,” said Robert Mahoney, 52, who is from Ocala. “We went from just being on a pleasure cruise to becoming something like grief counselors.”


Good News

THAT – 40DAYS FOR LIFE is set to begin

From September 28 – November 6, help save lives by joining with record numbers of people across all 50 US states and 23 nations for the largest pro-life mobilization in history!


40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

Prayer and fasting

Constant vigil

Community outreach

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities … and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.


In the News

ASPCA Working Hard to Save Florida Shelter Animals

In Florida, the ASPCA assisted local agencies in transporting hundreds of homeless animals displaced by the storm and mobilized its water rescue team to save the lives of animals at risk due to flooding in Lee County. At the request of Miami-Dade Animal Services, the ASPCA is on the ground providing sheltering assistance and resources to conduct field rescues. The ASPCA is also transporting homeless animals to its emergency shelter in South Carolina and to other rescue groups in California and Washington.


Picture of the Week

In Tampa, Florida, before the arrival of Hurricane Irma a phenomenon of epic proportions occurred in the Tampa Bay. All the bay water was sucked out by the powerful approach of the hurricane.  Much like a tsunami, the bay area was laid bare of water, trapping two manatees or sea cows.

Marcelo Clavijo and several friends went out for a drive to take in the strange sight of an empty bay. They saw the stranded sea cows and sprang into action along with two Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputies. They were able to roll the manatees onto a tarp and drag them to safety several 100 yards away. Both manatees survived.

God Our Creator

Remember that everything real and valuable on earth came from heaven to begin with. A cat is not merely evolved molecules in motion; it is a divine idea, a work of art, and a sign. It is a natural sign; it has something of what it signifies, and what it signifies is something heavenly, so there is something of heaven in a cat. And heaven does not die. God does not throw his artwork into the wastebasket; God does not make junk. All his work has eternal value. It passes through time and seems to pass away – but it is in eternity.

~Peter Kreeft, Heaven: The Heart’s Deepest Longing~

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 Weekly Column


~by Susi Pittman

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.


Catholic Journeyman

Unity of the Holy Spirit

~by Louis Templeman

He is the one Captain of a divine team that will always choose you to play in the game of life.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Dad and I and the Prairie Dog

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Recollections of a past conversation with Dad.


Weekly Commentary

Hurricanes, climate change, Pope Francis and the poor

~Regis Nicoll

Never letting a serious crisis go to waste, climate change advocates seized upon hurricanes Harvey and Irma as evidence that climate change is real and happening, its effects devastating, and without drastic remedial measures global cataclysm is inevitable. Joining in was Pope Francis. While Irma was hammering the Florida coast, El Papa warned against inaction, predicting, “History will judge our decision.”

However, there are scientists who come to very different conclusions.


Catholic Writers

David Bereit

David Bereit was CEO of 40 Days for Life for its first decade. He became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Planned Parenthood recognized the effectiveness of David’s efforts when it labeled his town “the most anti-choice place in the nation. David moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2005 where he served as executive director of American Life League and national director of Stop Planned Parenthood until being asked to lead the national 40 Days for Life campaign. His pro-life work has been featured in the media hundreds of times, including coverage on Fox News, HBO, ABC, NBC and CBS television stations, numerous radio programs, and in over 100 newspapers across the country including USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.

Recommended Read

40 Days For Life: Discover What God Has Done

-by David Bereit

Beginning with one hour of prayer in Texas in 2004, the groundbreaking 40 Days for Life movement of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils, and community outreach has mobilized more than half a million volunteers in 481 cities around the world. 6,749 babies have been spared from abortion. 75 abortion workers have had a change of heart and quit their jobs. 25 abortion centers have closed. And every baby, every changed heart, every closure is an amazing story.

This book contains forty of those stories:

  • Hearts changed on the most controversial issue in our culture
  • Babies and mothers spared from abortion at the last possible second
  • Shocking secrets from inside the abortion industry – revealed
  • Abortion workers experiencing a change of heart and quitting their jobs
  • Thriving abortion facilities shutting down for good

Prepare for a 40-day journey like no other where you will discover how God can use you to change hearts and save lives.


Quote of the Week

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

– Ronald Reagan

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Bonaventure

Geology & Archaeology

Latest Earthquakes

The earth is shaking a lot today!. The USGS has reported an uptick in earthquakes worldwide. Mexico, Indiana, Illinois, Japan, New Zealand and more. See where they are located



Climate Change Is The National Parks Biggest Challenge

Climate change isn’t the first challenge to the wonders that national parks protect. Air pollution, the threat of oil and gas extraction on their borders, budget woes and the arrival of non-native species have all put the pinch on parks. But climate change represents an existential threat the likes of which the National Park Service has never had to deal with.

“Fundamentally, it’s the biggest challenge the National Park Service has ever faced,” Jonathan Jarvis, the NPS director, said. “I put it up there because it fundamentally changes the way we are going to manage our national parks into the future. It’s making us rethink the whole paradigm under which we manage them.”


Global Weather

The Longest Lightning Bolt EVER Recorded

On June 20, 2007, during a thunder storm in Oklahoma, a lighting bolt streaked across half the state. This is the longest lightning bolt ever recorded, stretching 199.5 miles from outside Tulsa to the Texas border, according to a press release. Originating at an altitude of six miles, the lightning touched down in several locations on its journey and was visible as far away as Colorado.



What is the difference between organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines?

These terms vary in the way they’re defined and regulated, but I’ll do my best to sort out the way they’re most typically used.

The U.S. government regulates use of the term “organic,” but “sustainable” and “biodynamic” have no legal definitions. So I’ll start with organic: there are two types of organic listings on wine bottles. Wines can be made from certified organically grown grapes, avoiding any synthetic pesticides or additives, or, to take it a step further, “organic” wines are made from organically grown grapes, and are also made without any added sulfites (though naturally occurring sulfites will still be present).



One of world’s largest marine parks created off Easter Island

One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island. The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction. An astonishing 77% of the Pacific Ocean’s fish abundance occurs here and recent expeditions discovered several new species previously unknown to science.



Meet the Hard Working Dogs of Our National Parks

From sniffing out turtle eggs to keeping mountain goats out of parking lots, four-legged rangers carry out many duties that help preserve national park resources and make sure visitors have a pleasant and safe park experience.


God’s Green Earth

Storm Clouds

Farm News

What Do Rural People Think?

What do rural people think? This question presses upon the minds of policymakers—or at least should—when it’s time to craft a new Farm Bill, as currently is the case. The U.S. Congress is holding hearings in preparation for the 2018 Farm Bill, which is due to be reauthorized by next September when the current Farm Bill (2014-2018) expires.


Steward Alerts

Ave Maria, Florida & Irma

by Patrick Novecosky

Little things mean a lot, especially when a crisis is imminent.

Late last week, with Hurricane Irma bearing down on southwest Florida, tension was running high for many residents in Ave Maria, Florida, where I live with my wife and five children. The latest prediction models painted a bullseye on the town, 30 miles east of Naples. Irma would make landfall 35 miles straight south of us at Everglades City.

Friday was Our Lady’s birthday. Like all Marian feast days, Sept. 8 has always been special to Ave Marians. And with the town bracing for the first hurricane in its 10-year history, this one was important. We had driven four hours north to my in-laws’ rental property in central Florida. I began the day by telling my story to Brian Patrick and the crew on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory program.


Steward Activities

Pray and Fast During the 40 Days For Life

We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers will be very much needed and appreciated. Devotionals will be posted during the next 40 Days for Life campaign, which will run from September 28 through November 6. Receive devotionals and other campaign information by email.


Song Before the Lord

Dies Irae


15 Great Veggies For A Fall Harvest

Summer is sticking around a little longer this year. If you’d like a fall harvest, now is the time to get your hands in the dirt and get planting your fall crops! There are plenty of vegetable crops that actually prefer the cool fall weather and will produce a bigger, better crop because of it. Lettuce, for instance, will grow bigger without bolting in the summer heat. Kale will develop a perfect sweetness after the first frost. Fall vegetable crops can also be stored in a root cellar after harvest for use all winter long.


Wellness & Nutrition

Transitioning you summer career habits into fall

As tans begin to fade and summer winds down, there’s no denying it: Crisp fall mornings are on the horizon. And while the past several months were probably characterized by a more casual dress code, summer Friday hours, a lax schedule and a lighter commute, the onset of fall means it’s time to shift gears.

As temperatures start cooling off, both work schedules and job-searching regimens typically ramp up to full form. Here are several ways to ease the transition and get into the zone to focus on a successful autumn for your career:



NO, we can’t control hurricanes from space!

As Hurricane Irma winds down — and a message from a Florida sheriff – saying that shooting guns at the storm would not turn it aside — brings to mind the question of why we can’t control hurricanes. The short answer is that we can’t control weather at any scale, and hurricanes are no exception.


Sure to make you Smile

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