November 29, 2017

Celebrating 9 Years Online !

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Happy Advent

During the four weeks prior to Christmas, we light the candles of our Advent wreaths and put ourselves in the spiritual space of the Israelite people who, through many long centuries, waited for the coming of the Messiah.


Did You Know?

THAT…Alaska has some 8,000 or so wolves?

On a day between fall and winter, with the leaves fallen and browning but the ground not yet hard, I was walking with my dog and an AM radio. We were descending a four-wheeler trail on a hillside 20 miles from the nearest town, Minto. The dog was exercising its need to move after a summer of walking across the state. The radio was there so I could listen to my Yankees, playing in Houston, where there was not a half-inch of snow on the ground.


Good News

Gus, the Guide Dog and his blind “running” partner

Thomas Panek had been a runner from a young age, so even when he lost his sight in his early 20s, he continued to compete in road races. And like any blind runner, he has relied on volunteers to guide him. Enter Gus!


In the News

Sammy the Seal in Ireland

Why did the seal cross the road? To get to the fish shop on the other side. That’s the regular scene in Wicklow in Ireland, where Sammy the Seal gets fed three times a day. He also goes viral on the web when unsuspecting visitors stumble upon him.


Picture of the Week

The Great Sled Dogs of Denali National Park

Sled dogs and winter patrols by dog team are a large part of the history and tradition of Denali, but they are also an important part of our modern park operations. Our first Superintendent, Harry Karstens, was also a dog musher. He acquired the park’s first seven sled dogs in 1922 and we’ve been mushing ever since.


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

Born on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas

~by Susi Pittman

He is my favorite Advent saint and my patron. He is one whose popularity in the early Church was only surpassed by the Blessed Mother and the Beloved Disciple John.


Catholic Journeyman

St. Joseph: Part 3: A Chaste Man & Part 4: Obedient Pilgrim

~by Louis Templeman

A divinely orchestrated mission in fatherhood and complete obedience to God the Father has the Church aptly placing Saint Joseph as the Patron of Families. We continue with Louis’ 10-Part series upon the greatest “man” to ever serve the Living God!


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

In My Mind, I Live In the Woods

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Living amidst wild creation is like heaven on earth!


Weekly Commentary

Reorienting Ourselves to the slower pace of Advent–by SIster Aletheia Noble

Advent is about slowing down because waiting always slows us down, whether we like it or not.

Every time I get in line in the cafeteria at our convent, I am inevitably behind the sister who leisurely picks out her meal items with the meticulous care of a surgeon removing a spleen. For an impatient person like me, every second spent staring at a sister using metal tongs to inspect her food is hellish.


Catholic Writers

Father Gabriele Amorth

The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, passed away last year at the age of 91.

He was often sought out by media for his views on exorcism.

By 2015, Father Amorth had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over 29 years, often repeating the rite on the same persons. In 1990, he founded the International Association of Exorcists and was president until he retired, in 2000. On Sept. 8, 2016, he was awarded the “Medal of Liberation” by the prefect of Rome, in the presence of Italy’s Minister of Defense, for the “important role” he played in the partisan struggle against the Nazis in 1943.

As well as an exorcist, Father Amorth also held several positions in the Society of St. Paul, including forming young religious, and serving as a teacher, spiritual director, and journalist. For many years, he was director of Madre di Dio, an Italian monthly, and a longtime contributor to another Italian Catholic monthly, Famiglia Cristiana. He also published a number of books on subjects that included exorcism, good and evil, the power of the media, freemasonry and sects.

Recommended Read

An Exorcist Explains the Demonic–by Father Gabriele Amorth

From Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the renowned exorcist in Rome, comes this powerful, eye-opening book on the deadly antics of Satan and his fallen angels, as well as spiritual remedies for each.

These pages provide a basic orientation in the dark phenomenology, succinctly explaining Catholic doctrine on the fallen angels and the innumerable manifestations. Among the many questions Fr. Amorth answers in this book are:

Where does the Evil One dwell in the human body?

How does the Devil appear and what does he look like?

What are the powers that comes from Satan?

Do the sins of ancestors influence our life?

How are spiritual evils contracted?

What is the state of souls in purgatory?

What is the role of sacramentals in fighting off temptation?

When should exorcisms and prayers of healing be performed?

What happens during an exorcism?

What you should do when a family is being attacked by a demon?


Catholic Saints

Saint Nicholas

Quote of the Week

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

~Pope Francis~

Geology & Archaeology

Bali’s volcano set for massive eruption

Indonesia’s Mount Agung finally erupted Saturday, after more than 2 months of seismic rumbling that had led authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 residents from an exclusion zone ringing the mountain on Bali Island. Over the past 3 days, the volcano has sporadically sent ash plumes into the sky, leading airlines to cancel all flights into and out of Bali’s main Denpasar International Airport, stranding a reported 50,000 travelers. Today, the Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority raised the alert to four, the highest level, because the “probability of a bigger eruption is increasing.” Scientists are now watching to see whether the volcano repeats the violent eruptions of 1963, when superheated gases and volcanic material raced down the mountain in a series of pyroclastic flows, killing more than 1000 people.


Global Weather

Coral sensitivity to heat

Coral bleaching happens when sea temperatures rise, causing the breakdown of the symbiosis between coral and their zooxanthellae (the microscopic plants which gives coral most of its colour), which can be fatal for the coral.

Study lead author, Dr Verena Schoepf from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute says the researchers were surprised to find that corals around the Kimberley region in north Western Australia are just as sensitive to heat stress and bleaching as their counterparts from less extreme environments elsewhere.



Low oxygen ‘dead zones’ in North Pacific Ocean

Large-scale warming events about 14,700 and again 11,500 years ago occurred rapidly and triggered loss of oxygen in the North Pacific, raising concern that low-oxygen areas will expand again as the ocean warms in the future. Anomalous warmth occurring recently in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea – dubbed “The Blob” – is of a scale similar to the events documented in the geologic record, the researchers say. If such warming is sustained, oxygen loss becomes more likely.

Although many scientists believe that a series of low-oxygen “dead zones” in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon and Washington during the last decade may be caused by ocean warming, evidence confirming that link has been sparse.



Is it “organic” ?

If a fruit or vegetable isn’t grown in dirt, can it be organic?

That is the question roiling the world of organic farming, and the answer could redefine what it means to farm organically.

At issue is whether produce that relies solely on irrigation to deliver nutrients to plants — through what is known as hydroponic and aquaponic systems — can be certified organic.



Keep the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Protected

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most prolific bird nurseries on the planet. Every year, birds migrate through all fifty states and six continents to raise their chicks in its pristine habitat. The Arctic Refuge is a vital nesting ground for Tundra Swans, Northern Pintails, American Golden-Plovers, and more. In October, both the House and Senate passed budget bills that open the door to drilling in the Arctic Refuge, and it is now being snuck into the tax reform process.



Killer underwater drone takes on Crown of Thorns Starfish

The COTSbot travels underwater about 3 feet above the coral, scanning for COTS. It has five independent thrusters to stabilize itself and a camera; its onboard image-processing capability allows it to recognize COTS with greater than 99 percent accuracy. Using its robotic arm, it administers a lethal injection. How does the robot know what’s a COTS and what’s not?


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Ethical Food & Agriculture-Catholic Rural Life

Catholic Rural Life is a long-time advocate on behalf of family farmers and farm communities. Our advocacy work for fair and just federal policies on agriculture and nutrition programs–especially the Farm Bill–is highly regarded by family farmers and faith-based groups alike. As a representative of the Church, Catholic Rural Life strives to speak truth to power and join in solidarity with farmers, ranchers and producers whose generosity, graciousness and stewardship of the land serves the common good of all creation.


Steward Alerts

This Christmas season share Family Theater with the “family”

Family Theater Productions is the Catholic Family Media Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. For over 67 years we have been creating family friendly programs. Family Theater reaches families around the world through RADIO, TELEVISION, FILM, BILLBOARDS and THE INTERNET with broadcast quality programs. Family Theater Productions continues Father Peyton’s media mission as a member of Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass., sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.


Steward Activities

The Institute for Catholic Philanthropy

For 2,000 years, the Church has benefited the world through the generosity of countless faithful souls who gave of themselves and their wealth in service to others—often at great personal sacrifice. However, as with many aspects of our culture today, there is a wide gap between the Catholic understanding of the human person and the universal call to charitable giving and the business of fundraising.


A Song Before The Lord

Veni Veni Emmanuel


Growing container flowers indoors during winter

When the mercury drops and the skies turn dreary, many gardeners bid a sad farewell to the brilliant flowers of summer, but that doesn’t need to be the case. With careful selection and attention to lighting and care, many flowers can be grown indoors during the winter. Think geraniums, impatiens, miniature roses and bright begonias, or try your hand at foliage plants like coleus to replace the summer blooms.


Wellness & Nutrition

5 winter ways to keep your dog active

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that your dog doesn’t want to (or need to) play. There are ways for you to keep your dog active during the winter months that may or may not involve you. Do you love winter and want to take your dog outside with you? Or do you need the warmth and comfort of being inside? Whichever you prefer, here are ideas for each preference for you and your dog to try out.



NASA to send critical science, instruments to Space Station

This science-heavy flight will deliver investigations and facilities that study and/or measure solar irradiance, materials, orbital debris and more. Here are some highlights of research that will be delivered to the station.



Now this is the way we smile when we place Baby Jesus in the Manger

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