August 30, 2017

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Did You Know?

THAT… September 1-September 4 is The Season of Creation?

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation” celebrated by Christian churches around the globe.

From Miami to Manila, we’re uniting with one purpose: to steward the Earth.


Good News

Pope Francis Appeals To World Leaders

VATICAN CITY —Pope Francis is urging world leaders to “listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor” and take measures to protect the environment.

Francis made the appeal Wednesday in announcing that he and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Patriarch Bartholomew I, would be releasing a joint statement on care for God’s creation on Friday.

In 2015, Francis designated Sept. 1 as the church’s day for prayer for the environment, framing care for the planet as a moral issue.

In his announcement Wednesday, Francis urged everyone to be respectful and responsible toward the environment: “We also appeal to those who have influential roles to listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer the most from ecological imbalance.”

Jesus was able to invite others to be attentive to the beauty that there is in the world because he himself was in constant touch with nature, lending it an attention full of fondness and wonder.

(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 97)

In the News

The Devastation of hurricane Harvey

Volunteers joined emergency teams to pull people from their homes or from the water, which was high enough in places to gush into second floors. The flooding was so widespread that authorities had trouble pinpointing the worst areas. They urged people to get on top of their houses to avoid becoming trapped in attics and to wave sheets or towels to draw attention to their location.



10 Extraordinary Animal Rescues in Texas

All creatures great and small are being saved from the devastating fallout of Hurricane Harvey

As well as helping more than 13,000 people to safety, rescuers across Texas have also plucked a plethora of animals out from the rising floodwaters.

Tear-jerking viral videos and photographs show bats, birds, cows, dogs, horses and pigs all being hauled to firmer ground.

Here are 10 of the most heartwarming rescue stories we’ve seen so far:



Humane Society Rescuing Houston’s Animals

The struggles and despair in Houston and in dozens of surrounding counties remind us of how fundamentally, how poignantly, our lives are linked with animals. When it comes to grabbing what they can, Texans are hoisting their dogs on their shoulders and putting their cats in carriers and pulling themselves from flooded homes and streets, leaving behind the ephemera of material possessions and holding on to what really counts.


Picture of the Week

Houston, Texas, a city under siege from nature’s wrath.

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

A World Day of Prayer for Creation

~by Susi Pittman

I join with the Holy Father this week in celebrating the great gift of our created world and universe. We must never forget that we are “tending the Master’s garden.”


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

Dad and I and the Prairie Dog

~by Virginia Rhys-Anson, OFS

Recollections of a past conversation with Dad.


Weekly Commentary

The Christian Understanding of the Human Person

~ by Gerhard Cardinal Muller

“The human person deserves to be preserved; human society deserves to be renewed. Hence the focal point of our presentation will be man himself, whole and entire, body and soul, heart and conscience, mind and will” (§ 3). The focus of the council is thus “on the world of men; . . . that world which is the theater of man’s history, and the heir of his energies, his tragedies and his triumphs; that world which the Christian sees as created and sustained by its Maker’s love, fallen indeed into the bondage of sin, yet emancipated now by Christ, Who was crucified and rose again to break the strangle hold of personified evil, so that the world might be fashioned anew according to God’s design and reach its fulfilment” (§ 2).


Catholic Writers

Phillip Campbell

Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European history from Ave Maria University and a license in secondary education from Madonna University. He teaches middle school history and Sacred Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program as well as high school history for Homeschool Connections. Mr. Campbell is the editor of The Complete Works of St. Cyprian of Carthage (Arx Publishing) and has self-published several books through his website, Cruachan Hill Press.His writings have also appeared in such publications as the St. Austin Review and The Distributist Review.

Mr. Campbell served as the mayor of his hometown of Howell, Michigan, from 2011 to 2015 (the youngest to ever hold the office). Mr. Campbell and his wife reside in southeast Michigan, where they homeschool their five children. He is a regular speaker at homeschool conferences around the United States

Recommended Read

Heroes & Heretics of the Reformation

~by Phillip Campbell

Not since the birth of Christ has an event shaken the foundations of the Western world like the Reformation. Now, 500 years after Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door at Wittenberg—the sound of which served as the thunder presaging the storm to come—Phillip Campbell, author of The Story of Civilization, casts fresh eyes on that tumultuous time and its most influential characters.


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

Lost Latin Commentary on Gospels Found

The earliest Latin commentary on the Gospels, lost for more than 1,500 years, has been rediscovered and made available in English for the first time. The extraordinary find, a work written by a bishop in northern Italy, Fortunatianus of Aquileia, dates back to the middle of the fourth century.



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

Fall 2017 Outlook for the U.S.

There will be warmer than average temperatures for much of U.S., except in the Northwest where it will be cool. The overall pattern that has been present for much of this summer is expected to generally continue into September.



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.



Extinction or Habitat Management–The Choice

The large animals we still have with us on the planet are the most vulnerable to habitat fragmentation. Although this may see obvious, the loss of species has been studied frequently since the production of the interesting Madingley Model simulation of ecosystems. As this fragmentation also limits the ability of species to adapt as climate change takes hold, the situation becomes very complex as the animals and plant interactions are taken into account.



Fire Ants and the Houston Flood

Houston, Texas has had an unexpected side effect of the city’s flooding to deal with – floating rafts made up of hundreds of venomous fire ants. The ants, which are naturally very aggressive, are able to survive the rising water by forming rafts with their own bodies. These rafts can survive for weeks before breaking up.


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

Maintain your peace with these 5 tools

It’s there. Do you feel it? That weight of the world, the discontent swirling in the air, thick as fog? Maybe it is just the post-eclipse haze or the back-to-school rush, I don’t know. I do know that around here the world seems a little more out of control these days. People are on edge, including mama, and that makes family life all the more stressful.


A Song Before The Lord

Abba, Father


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.


Wellness & Nutrition

Are GMO’s good for your pet?

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.



The Breakthrough Listen Project

A tech billionaire and a group of eminent scientists announced a great leap forward in the search to find out. Russian investor Yuri Milner announced that he is committing $100 million to the Breakthough Prize Foundation to carry out radically ambitious SETI projects for the next 10 years, under the name Breakthrough Listen.

“It’s just a miracle,” SETI pioneer Frank Drake told the New York Times. Said Dan Werthimer, longtime SETI researcher at UC Berkeley and originator of the SETI@home project, “This is beyond my wildest dreams.”



HOORAY ! It’s almost here… autumn…and leaves…and cool weather!!!

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