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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~

The Season of Creation – September 1 thru October 4

Our Holy Father Francis calls us all to the Season of Creation to celebrate God’s creation and deepen our commitment to care for the Earth and all who dwell upon it.



For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint.

~Pope Francis, September 4, 2016

Did You Know?

THAT……..When she was 18, Saint Teresa of Calcutta left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland. Although she lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland. After a year learning English in Ireland, she transferred to the Sisters of Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India.

Good News

Forest Service: Therapy dogs help stressed-out firefighters battle anxiety, tension, PTSD.

In the News


Finding Gobi: Marathoner reunited with little dog that followed hi 155 miles across China

The story of Dion and Gobi first captured hearts when news spread about how Gobi had followed him through his 250km run (155 miles) across mountain and desert areas across China.

“I started to speed off and I’m thinking this dog won’t last the whole day but she was still with me at the end. From then on she didn’t leave my side,” he told the BBC at the time.


Picture of the Week

We are blessed in our lifetime to see two monumentally holy individuals who have been such a part of our Catholic life be recognized as Saints of the Roman Catholic Church; Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Pope Saint John Paul II, PRAY FOR US!

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

Eye of the Storm

~by Susi Pittman

It’s 3:30AM and the winds are howling at 80-miles-per-hour and the house shutters from the pressure. I am alone within the wooden walls, having prepared for just this moment.


Catholic Journeyman

Boasting In Our Affliction

~by Louis Templeman

You have those nagging body pains that refuse to relent or a personal problem that seems bigger than Mount Everest. What good are these afflictions in the scheme of things?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Create A Pond

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

A back yard pond can be an oasis for the eye and the soul…for you…for wildlife. Take a quick and easy road to your perfect pond feature!


Weekly Commentary

Pope Proclaims September 1st as the 1stAnnual Day for – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

On Sunday Pope Francis mentioned the upcoming “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” that the Church now celebrates annually on September 1. He said that on Thursday “we will celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, together with our Orthodox brothers and other churches. It will be an occasion to reinforce our common efforts to protect life, respecting the environment and nature.”


Catholic Writers

Jared Zimmerer

Jared Zimmerer is a best-selling author, speaker, blogger, husband and father of 5 children. He is the founder of Strength for the Kingdom, a ministry promoting men’s growth in virtue, knowledge of the Catholic faith, and the understanding of authentic masculinity through physical endeavors. He lives in Roanoke, TX and holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working towards a Master’s in Theology with a Apologetics focus at Holy Apostles College and Seminary where he won a full scholarship on the Alumni’s New Evangelization program.

He currently works at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Grapevine, TX as the Director of Adult Catechesis and Evangelization and has been there for three years. He spent a year working with TOBET, Theology of the Body Evangelization Team in Irving, Texas, and has been a competitive all-natural bodybuilder for 15 years.


Recommended Read

Man Up! Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man – by Jared Zimmerer

Man Up! Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man by Jared Zimmerer is the exciting, herculean gathering of some of the most profound speakers on manhood for our time. Zimmerer is best known for his work The Ten Commandments of Lifting Weights where he “weighs in” on what it means to be a Catholic man and father today. Using unique, insightful voices and experiences, a dozen men passionately deliver messages that every Catholic man–young and old–ought to hear. Reading Man Up! Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man is like attending the ultimate weekend men’s conference in the comfort of your own home! Every speaker becomes your personal coach–cheering you on to new heights. You will be enlightened, renewed and energized to do the work of God and serve His kingdom. You will become the new Catholic Renaissance man!


Quote of the Week

There is, however, a duty to creation that we cannot speak about except in a meeting of believers, and it is absolutely appropriate that it therefore be placed front and center during the present moment of prayer. That duty is doxology, glorifying God for creation. An ecology without a doxology makes the universe opaque, like an immense glass map of the world that is without the light that should illuminate it from within.

~ Father Raniero Cantalamessa~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint John Chrysostom

Geology & Archaeology

Ice, Snow & Glaciers: The Water Cycle

The southern continent of Antarctica is a place of extremes, with the Antarctic ice cap containing some 70 percent of Earth’s fresh water and about 90 percent of its ice.



Climate Change Is Natural (for the bigger part)

The European Foundation released a dossier with 100 reasons why climate change is natural and not man-made.


Global Weather

Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine struck with a vengence, the north-central pan-handle of Florida, delivering a crushing blow to small towns between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. It had been over eleven years since the last hurricane, Hurricane Wilma had struck the area, and Hermine made sure she would be remembered long after she left. Businesses, livelihoods, homes and landscape in many of those small towns will be changed, some for the short term, others for the rest of their lives.



National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

NSAC’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.


God’s Green Earth

Bird Migrations

Farm News

The Aging American Farmer

One of the most well known trends in American agriculture is the aging farmer. Year after year, the average age of the U.S. farmers has increased. This trend was confirmed, yet again, with the release of the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture.


Steward Alerts

The Catholic Church Mobile App

A whole wide world of faith in the palm of your hands. For the first time, the USA Catholic Church app from USCCB brings together parishes and (arch)dioceses across the United States—as well as the Vatican—into one, single mobile solution.


Steward Activities

Seton Home Study School

You’ve been looking for a homeschool program that is flexible and academically excellent. From Pre-K through 12th grade, Seton is the premier Catholic, accredited, and surprisingly affordable solution! Discover how homeschooling can help your family.

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A Song Before The Lord

Abba, Father


Misguided human interference at Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park rangers have contended with their share of notorious human misbehavior over the years, whether it’s guests vandalizing the fragile geothermal wonders, poachers killing trophy elk, illegal inner-tubers being swept away in the raging Yellowstone River, or overzealous animal lovers harassing wildlife, sometimes with deadly consequences.



Gardening for climate change

How do we garden in a time of climate change? It seemed to me that everything I knew about gardening, and much of what I enjoyed, was based on a set of assumptions about the climate. But it’s different now. We have to figure out how to garden with the new seasons, such as they are. Extreme gardening for an extreme climate.

I’m just beginning to figure out the practical implications of this adaptive approach, but the point seems pretty clear to me: keeping things alive that won’t make it otherwise. Climate change is going to force us to work hard at something Homo sapiens has never been very good at: keeping other species around.


Wellness & Nutrition

Is your pet eating GMO’s?

Unless you’ve been avoiding the grocery store and the evening news, you’ve likely heard of the term GMO. Americans are learning more about genetically modified organisms in food and educating themselves about the effects of them on humans. But what about our furry friends? Here are some things you should know the next time you buy your pet’s food.



A Promising signal from space being investigated

An international team of scientists from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is investigating mysterious signal spikes emitting from a star in the constellation Hercules—95 light years away from Earth. The implications are extraordinary and point to the possibility of a civilization far more advanced than our own. The unusual signal was originally detected on May 15, 2015, by the Russian Academy of Science-operated RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia, but was kept secret from the international community. Interstellar space reporter Paul Gilster broke the story after the researchers quietly circulated a paper announcing the detection of “a strong signal in the direction of HD164595.”



HOORAY ! It’s time for fall…and leaves…and cool weather!!!

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