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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~

Breaking News

Pope Francis prays the Rosary’s Sorrowful Mysteries with Wednesday Papal Audience

Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Italy earlier that morning.

“On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted,” the Pope said Aug. 24.


Good News

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center

The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center is a Catholic faith-based conservation organization that promotes Catholic teaching on ecology and the environment, conserves nature, and protects life.

The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center develops on-line and on-the-ground nature centers and programs that promote Catholic teaching on ecology and the environment. We promote an integral ecology that recognizes the relationship between authentic human development, concern for the poor, and responsibility for the environment. We proclaim our faith in God and our fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. We strive to deepen and share our faith, and to make known the good news of redemption for humankind and the renewal of all of creation.


In the News

Sheriff’s deputy risks his life to rescue dog from burning car

Sheriff deputy chief Dan Murchek says he was in the right place at the right time.

And Bella, the pooch he rescued from a burning car, would likely agree with that.

The pup was trapped in a car burning along a Northwest Gary, Indiana, expressway, and thanks to Murchek’s heroic efforts, Bella is alive and safe.


Picture of the Week

The Jaguarundi or Eyra Cat is a small wild cat native to Central and South America. In 2002, the IUCN classified the jaguarundi as Least Concern, although they considered it likely that no conservation units beyond the mega-reserves of the Amazon Basin could sustain long-term viable populations.

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

I’m a Traditional Catholic in an unTraditional environment

~by Susi Pittman

How the Church has changed since my conversion in 1966. The Banquet of the Lamb has become “fast food” for the busy;  the holy spirituality of reverence and awe experienced in the quiet of the Sanctuary during the greatest prayer of all, the Holy Mass has been replaced with irreverent murmurings and cell phone rings.


Catholic Journeyman

A Good Kiwi Shine

~by Louis Templeman

It is a childhood occurrence  from Louis’ past that reveals a “God appointment” that brought clarity some thirty years later.


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

Freedom & Bondage – by Father Dwight Longenecker

I have become increasingly cynical about my fellow Americans’ praise of freedom. “Freedom,” it seems to me, has become a meaningless jingoistic slogan that is used to excuse most anything. “Our boys died defending our freedom!” they cry as yet another flag-draped coffin is unloaded from the plane. Did that boy die defending our freedom? Really? Exactly which of our freedoms were threatened by turmoil in Afghanistan or Iraq? Which foreign dictator threatened to attack us or invade our country and deny us our freedoms?

The mindless shibboleth of “freedom” has also been used by leftist ideologues to condone every variation of vulgarity and every possibility of perversion.


Catholic Writers

Michael Voris

Michael Voris is the founder and President of St. Michael’s Media and Senior Executive Producer of — two media enterprises established to address the serious erosion of the Catholic faith in the last 50 years.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a degree in Communications and moved into a career as television news reporter, anchor and producer, mainly with CBS News, where he received four Emmy Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

During the early years of St. Michael’s Media, Michael received his Sacred Theology Baccalaureate (an ecclesiastical post-graduate degree) and graduated Magna cum laude.

Michael has spoken at hundreds of events both nationally and internationally, including Australia, Europe, Africa, Canada and the Philippines. Michael carries a message of the need for a stalwart defense and promotion of Catholic doctrine and Catholic truth with him wherever he goes in hopes of reinforcing the faithful.


Recommended Read

MILITANT: Resurrecting Authentic Catholicism – by Michael Voris, STB

How many Catholic souls have been lost over these past fifty years? How many have walked away from the Catholic faith either for a false religion or for no religion at all? And why does practically no one in the Church ever speak in these terms anymore?

The Church has lost Her self-understanding; Catholics no longer understand who they are, what their role in history is, or what is their proper relationship to God. This has come about as the result of a devastating demolition of Catholic life, where Catholics cohabit, contracept, divorce, and abort at the same rate as non-Catholics, and in some cases at even higher rates.



Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

~George Eliot~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Roch

Geology & Archaeology

Italy & California share somewhat similar earthquake risks

Like Italy, California is a restless landscape straddling two major tectonic plates. Italy sits atop the slow collision of the African plate into the Eurasian plate — creating tragic earthquakes but also the beautiful Alps and Apennnines Mountains, which run like a spine from the north to south of the nation. California earthquakes, in contrast, are triggered by the sideways motion of the Pacific Ocean’s crustal plate moving to the northwest under North America’s continental crust.



Is Climate Change Cyclical? NASA study suggests ‘yes’

The severity of the current Climate Change “crisis” has been blamed almost exclusively on man-made carbon-dioxide emissions and that the change is permanent. A recent study conducted by several universities as well as NASA point to an “inconvenient truth” – that neither of these statements is true. Antarctica’s climate was once warm enough to sustain substantial vegetation including trees. How warm? Some estimates place it at 20 degrees warmer than present day.

This presents a problem for some of the current statements regarding climate change as humans weren’t around during this period. Also given that the region was once so warm and then returned to far chillier temperatures points to another potential problem – climate change appears to be a naturally recurring process and one that is cyclical in nature.


Global Weather

The National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America’s calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.

Keep up with Atlantic Storms & Hurricanes with this interactive map


Solar Innovations in Israel

The Israeli desert maybe not be the first place that comes to mind when someone says “environmental leadership” or “solar innovation”, especially when cheap natural gas exploration off the Israeli coast is making headlines. However, the region is home to Israel’s largest solar fields, and soon to be the world’s largest solar tower. This region is drawing both on the strength of the desert sun, and the sustainable style of living characteristic to the communes found in the area.

“Kibbutz” of Kibbutz Ketura describes a community living structure that was very popular in the early days of Israel, traditionally based on agriculture. Today, most Kibbutzim have privatized, but Kibbutz Ketura has remained true to its communal roots, still embodying a non-hierarchical system and shared resources. In Kibbutz Ketura, community and sustainable living are embodied at its core.


God’s Green Earth

Heaven and Earth

Farm News

P.H.A.R.M. Dog USA: Helping farmers to “heel and heal”

P.H.A.R.M Dog USA, Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri, is the brain child of Jackie Allenbrand. The organization’s goal is to make life easier for farmers and farm family members with disabilities. Those eligible for services may have any type of disability — physical, cognitive, or illness-related. Our services are not limited to Missouri. We do place dogs in other states.


Steward Alerts

Pope John Paul I to be honored with museum in northern Italy

Though his papal reign is among the shortest in history, summing up to just 33 days, Pope John Paul I was in office long enough to leave a mark.

Albino Luciani was born Oct. 17, 1912, in Canale d’Agordo, located in Italy’s northern Veneto region and which sits just over 400 miles from Rome.

At the age of 65, he was elected Bishop of Rome, taking the name Pope John Paul I. He was the first Pope to take a double-name, honoring his two immediate predecessors St. John XXIII and Bl. Paul VI. However, his reign was short-lived, as he died suddenly after only 33 days in office, presumably from a heart attack.


Steward Activities

Holy Water and it’s significance for Catholics

Countless graces flow from the use of Holy Water — but only if you use it properly.

Do you know how it can protect you from danger?

Or how it can deepen your prayers during Mass?


A Song Before The Lord

Gregorian Chant: Gradual & Alleluia

The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.

With you is the principality in the day of your strength: in the brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot you.


The Lord has said to me: You are my son, this day have I begotten you.


Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations: that we may give thanks to Thy holy Name, and may glory in Thy praise.

Thou, O Lord, our Father and our Redeemer: from everlasting is Thy Name.


My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless His holy Name.

The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.

With you is the principality in the day of your strength: in the brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot you.


(The lyrics are a collection of psalm exerpts)


The Science of Color in Autumn Leaves

As the days get cooler and frost is in the air, deciduous trees and shrubs put on an autumn show in all shades of red, yellow, purple, and brown. The splendor of crisp fall days and vibrant leaves brings to mind memories for nearly everyone who lives in an area where deciduous forests are the dominant vegetation. In many parts of the country, autumn leaves are an important factor in tourism.



Heirloom Apple Varieties You Can Grow

Apples came to North America with the first colonists and quickly became an important sweetener and source of juice for fermented beverages and vinegar. Early settlers established orchards by the thousands, often using apple seed or nursery seedlings grown from seed. Indeed, John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, was so passionate about preparing the way for civilization that he made it his life’s work to plant orchards all over the country.


Wellness & Nutrition

National Park Foundation – Active Trails

Our national parks provide remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation on more than 18,000 miles of land and water trails. The Active Trails program promotes healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing these precious land and water trail resources. This multi-faceted program offers many ways in which volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, students and educators can get involved with their national parks through hands on trail work, citizen science, formal and informal learning activities, special events and community activities.



Cosmology, Thermodynamics and the Christian Doctrine of Creation

This Doctrine of Creation is an essential part of the Christian faith. Any philosophy that ascribes the works of creation to natural processes, even if the existence of God is not denied, is a pantheistic worldview because it assumes that matter has got divine power to overcome natural laws. These laws prohibit the formation of an ordered universe from disordered gases, the emergence of life from disordered molecules and the origin of complex organs and functions from simpler structures.



The dog days of summer are getting shorter now!

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