January 11, 2017


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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~


Did You Hear?

THAT….Vice President Mike Pence and family will be moving their entourage of pets with them to Washington?

Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family departed Indianapolis with pets in hand Monday for what his aides described as the “final time” before his inauguration next week in Washington D.C.

Pence’s wife, Karen, and his daughter, Charlotte, carried the family’s cats, Oreo and Pickle, as they boarded the airplane. Their rabbit, Marlon Bundo, was also carried aboard in a cage.

The Pences will move into the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory after the inauguration. The family has been renting a house in Chevy Chase, Md.

Good News

Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm

Retirement Home for Horses, Inc. at Mill Creek Farm is a not for profit 501(c)(3) equine sanctuary located in Alachua, Florida. We provide lifelong care for elderly horses that have been neglected, abused or abandoned and seized by law enforcement agencies, SPCAs and other frontline rescue organizations. We also accept police and military horses.

Every horse that arrives at Mill Creek Farm receives veterinary care, special feeding and attention, weekly grooming and large quantities of carrots and love. Our promise to a horse when they arrive is that they will never be ridden or worked again and that they can roam freely and live out their life here in tranquility.


In the News

Freddy the Great Dane is World’s Tallest Living Dog

Guinness World Records has just named a Great Dane from Leigh-on-Sea, England, as the world’s tallest living dog. Freddy is a four-year-old Great Dane who is 40.75″, stands at 7’5.5″ when on his hind legs, and weighs a hefty 203 pounds. He lives with his sister, Fleur and is doted upon by his mom, Clare Stoneman.


Picture of the Week

Hero dog saves girlfriend from rushing train

An incredible video shot on Christmas in Ukraine shows a brave dog risking his own life to save that of his friend, who was lying injured in the middle of train tracks. He placed his body on top of his hurt friend, covering her as a train safely passed over them. The dog refused to leave his friend’s side as people came to rescue them. The dogs were brought to get help and were adopted less than a week later. Their new owner has named them Panda and Lucy.


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

How To Be A Good Steward

~by Susi Pittman

Every one of us is called to be a GOOD STEWARD of our lives, our family, our brethren, our Church and the world. There a three cornerstones to that journey that will insure your conversion to a new life in service to God.


Catholic Journeyman

A Brother, a Baseball and Belonging

~by Louis Templeman

The bond between brothers is enduring and some moments can bind their love for a lifetime.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

America’s First Conservationists

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Conservation of the vast lands in America started long before the first Europeans arrived. These conservationist were indeed good stewards of their surroundings. Virginia takes you on a delightful historical journey of our first American conservationists.


Weekly Commentary

Father Michael Scanlan–A Catholic “Great”

by Patrick Reilly

Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., who died Saturday, reformed Franciscan University of Steubenville and built it into one of America’s most faithful and vibrant centers of Catholic learning. He is rightly acknowledged as a foremost leader in the renewal of Catholic higher education.

By his priestly witness Father Scanlan was in effect a shepherd to all Catholic colleges and universities, helping launch the renewal of faithful higher education and setting an important example for other college leaders to follow.


Catholic Writers

Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg, Ph.D.

Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg, Ph.D., is a Dutch psychotherapist in private practice. In addition to his work in parapsychology – writing and speaking about near-death experiences and paranormal events, such as those detailed in Hungry Souls, Dr van den Aardweg has written extensively on pro-life and pro-family subjects. His previous books include Education for Life, The Saint of the Ordinary, and On the Origins and Treatment of Homosexuality. He lives in the Netherlands with his wife, with whom he has seven children and seventeen grandchildren. Though he is a Lutheran, he writes intrinsically in the Catholic genre.

Recommended Reads

Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages And Warnings From Purgatory

~by Gerard J.M.van den Aardweg, Ph.D.

After a week of hearing ghostly noises, a man is visited in his home by the spirit of his mother, dead for three decades. She reproaches him for his dissolute life and begs him to have Masses said in her name. Then she lays her hand on his sleeve, leaving an indelible burn mark, and departs…

A Lutheran minister, no believer in Purgatory, is the puzzled recipient of repeated visitations from “demons” who come to him seeking prayer, consolation, and refuge in his little German church. But pity for the poor spirits overcomes the man’s skepticism, and he marvels at what kind of departed souls could belong to Christ and yet suffer still… Hungry Souls recounts these stories and many others trustworthy, Church-verified accounts of earthly visitations from the dead in Purgatory. Accompanying these accounts are images from the “Museum of Purgatory” in Rome, which contains relics of encounters with the Holy Souls, including numerous evidences of hand prints burned into clothing and books; burn marks that cannot be explained by natural means or duplicated by artificial ones. Riveting!


Quote of the Week

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

~C. S. Lewis

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Anthony of Padua

Geology & Archaeology

How the world’s largest sapphire got so big

The world’s largest ever blue sapphire has been unveiled, discovered in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura mines. It weighs an astonishing 1404.49 carats, equivalent to about 280g (just under 10 ounces). Local gemologists say they have never seen a larger sapphire.



10 Interesting Things About AIR

How does air help & protect us? What is living in the air? How fast can air move?


Global Weather

Top 10 weather events of 2016

The top weather story of 2016: Earth had its warmest year on record (again!) While the final numbers are not officially tabulated, 2016 appears certain to be the warmest year in every major dataset scientists use to track global warmth. The previous warmest year on record for Earth’s surface was set in 2015, which in turn broke the record set in 2014. The 3-year string of warmest years on record is the first time such an event has happened since record keeping began in 1880. One official record has already been announced: Earth’s warmest year in the 38-year satellite-measured lower atmosphere temperature record was 2016, beating a record that had stood since 1998.



New seed mixture supports sustainable livestock farming – addresses rapidly declining pollinator populations

Grassland Oregon announces a new seed mixture, called Pastures for Pollinators, that includes a variety of flowering annual clovers to support sustainable livestock farming in the United States and increase pollinator populations. Pastures for Pollinators seed mixture offers a solution to the declining pollinator population problem. Livestock farmers can use this new seed blend for the health of their soil and cattle, with the added benefit of creating new natural habitats for pollinators.



Protecting the pollinators and boosting farm production

Protecting habitat to promote pollinators, especially bees, should be used as a fundamental part of farming to secure and increase yield in pollinated crops, according to the first internationally-coordinated review. Globally, 1.4 billion jobs are dependent on pollinators, such as bees, and three-quarters of crops, worth $500 billion annually, rely on animal pollination.


God’s Green Earth

How fire can restore a forest

Farm News

Post-election Farmer Optimism Is Soaring

Farmers overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Two recent looks at farmer optimism – one from a Farm Journal Pulse poll and one from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer – show they are happy with the outcome and optimistic about the future.

Nearly 1,400 farmers responded to a Nov. 16, 2016 Pulse question that asked: “In light of recent national elections, how do you feel about the future of U.S. agriculture and your farm?” A total of 62% of the respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” optimistic, with another 20% having a neutral position. Only 17% had a negative reaction to the election.


Steward Alerts

This group in Congress defends religious liberty – Who are they?

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2017 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- You may not have heard of it, but a group of members in Congress advocates for public prayer and religious freedom amid some of the most pressing concerns to people of religious belief today.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus, founded in 2005, announced Monday that it will be getting a new co-chair.


Steward Activities

Theology Degrees Online – St. Joseph’s College

This online degree program, rooted in Roman Catholic theology and ministry, serves people involved with parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies. This online program offers quality, accredited theological education for those who seek to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society.


A Song Before The Lord

Thank You Lord


Choose the best tree for your yard

The Arbor Day Foundation can help you decide what type of tree or trees you might want to plant in your yard this spring. All they need is your zip code and you are on your way to a weather-hardy selection for your area.


Wellness & Nutrition

ASPCA Disaster preparedness for your pet

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes.



Hubble telescope provides interstellar road map for Voyagers’ galactic trek

NASA’s two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. Along the way, they are measuring the interstellar medium, the mysterious environment between stars. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing the road map.




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