August 9, 2017

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Did you hear?

THAT…September 1st has been proclaimed by Pope Francis to be The World Day of Prayer For Creation?

Good News

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)


The Global Catholic Climate Movement serves the Catholic family worldwide to turn Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical into action for climate justice, by undergoing our own ecological conversion, transforming our lifestyles and calling for bold public policies together with the wider climate movement. Since their founding in January 2015, they have mobilized hundreds of thousands of Catholics through multiple initiatives to bring Laudato Si’ to life. GCCM aims to enable the Catholic community to bring Laudato Si’ to life in the three dimensions of the climate crisis: Spiritual;Lifestyle;Public Spere.

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In the News

Lost Dogs Return Home…for sausage


The family of a pair of handsome miniature schnauzers were distraught when they disappeared in thick fog while on a walk in the hills. Owners Liz and Graham Hampson launched a rescue campaign and contacted mountain rescue teams, friends and family. More than 120 people and two drones answered the call to find the stranded pooches on the Red Pike fell near Buttermere, Cumbria, England. After 96 hours of searching, as a last resort the family decided to cook sausages at the spot where the dogs were last seen.

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Picture of the Week

The American Bald Eagle

It is estimated that in the early 18th century, the bald eagle population was 300,000–500,000, but by the 1950s there were only 412 nesting pairs in the 48 contiguous states of the US. The species was first protected in the U.S. and Canada by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, later extended to all of North America. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, approved by the U.S. Congress in 1940, protected the bald eagle and the golden eagle, prohibiting commercial trapping and killing of the birds. The bald eagle was declared an endangered species in the U.S. in 1967. Today, the contiguous state with the largest number of breeding pairs of eagles is Minnesota with an estimated 1,312 pairs, surpassing Florida’s most recent count of 1,166 pairs.

The bald eagle was officially removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995, by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, when it was reclassified from “Endangered” to “Threatened.” On July 6, 1999, a proposal was initiated “To Remove the Bald Eagle in the Lower 48 States from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” It was de-listed on June 28, 2007.

Ask Susi

Q: QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.

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Susi Weekly Column

I Makes All Things New!

~by Susi Pittman

It is the ultimate promise from God to all that He has created...

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Catholic Journeyman

They will not desert him

~by Louis Templeman

Our Blessed Mother loves us all. Her Son gave her to us at the foot of the Cross. Louis always trusts in her motherly instincts and special privilege.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Citizen Scientists


~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS


Have you ever thought of being a Citizen Scientist? It’s easy and it can be extremely rewarding. Ginny has some great suggestions to get you involved!

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Weekly Commentary

Are we special? New thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

~by Bob Kurland

My interest has been awakened again by conversations (via email) with an author who believes that the Anthropic Principle, as exemplified in a series of physical events and values for constants — the anthropic coincidences — strongly and quantitatively (via probability arguments) supports the proposition of a creating God. Some Christian apologists use the anthropic coincidences as an argument for the existence of God by citing the very low probability for their occurrence; all these happening would not occur by chance. A major objection to this procedure, is that the universe is a single datum — probability arguments are generally applied to samples from larger collections for which we have information about variability.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

Peter J. Kreeft

Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College. He is the author of numerous books as well as a popular writer of Christian philosophy, theology and apologetics. He also formulated, together with Ronald K. Tacelli, SJ, Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God.

A Calvinist, Kreeft regarded the Catholic Church “with the utmost suspicion.” A key turning point was when he was asked by a Calvinist professor to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church that it traced itself to the early Church. He said that on his own, he “discovered in the early Church such Catholic elements as the centrality of the Eucharist, the Real Presence, prayers to saints, devotion to Mary, an insistence on visible unity, and apostolic succession.” The Church fathers such as Augustine and Jerome were clearly Catholic and not Protestant, he stated.

He has received several honors for achievements in the field of philosophy, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, Yale-Sterling Fellowship, Newman Alumni Scholarship, Danforth Asian Religions Fellowship, and a Weathersfield Homeland Foundation Fellowship.

VISIT HIS WEBSITE

Recommended Read

Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps To Truth


There are ten important questions everyone should ask; and the answers to these questions, which lead to ultimate truth, are a matter of reason, not of faith.

Well-known Catholic philosopher and writer Peter Kreeft tackles each of these questions in a logical step-by-step way, like climbing the rungs of a ladder. Because questions are best answered by dialogue, Kreeft answers these fundamental questions in an imaginary conversation between two very different people who meet at the beach.

Kreeft’s characters begin at the beginning, at the bottom of the ladder, which is the passion for truth. When it comes to the most important questions a person can ask, no mere interest in philosophical dabbling will do. The passion for truth does not stop there, however, but carries the reader from one page to the next in this thought-provoking adventure of the mind.

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Quote of the Week

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it

~George Orwell~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Peter Chrysologus

Geology & Archaeology

Göbekli Tepe

Gobeklitepe is a pre-historic site, located near the city of Sanliurfa, Southeastern Turkiye. What makes Gobeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10,000 BC…classifying it as “older” than Stonehenge.

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Climate

Scientists find evidence of planetary carbon release valve

New evidence suggests the carbon cycle has a natural release valve — a built-in upper limit to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Millions of tons of carbon were dumped into the air and ocean during what’s known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Scientists believe it’s the closest natural precedent for current global warming.

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Global Weather

Hotter Summers here to stay across Northern Hemisphere


A rummage around any weather forecasting organisation’s offices will, among the computer screens displaying the latest computer model forecasts, usually reveal a book on climatology. Long-term weather patterns cannot be ignored when forecasting on a day-to-day basis. You need to be a very bold forecaster to predict showers tomorrow in a part of the world which is in the grips of its historical dry season.

Heatwaves are becoming a more regular occurrence, across the northern hemisphere.

Analysis from James Hansen, former NASA climate scientist and Professor at Columbia University, has revealed a marked change in summer temperatures across the northern hemisphere.

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Sustainability

The new glut on Palm Oil

Some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by ploughing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements, a new report claims. Burgeoning demand for the cheap vegetable oil, increasingly from China and India, is putting pressure on rainforests that are cleared to make way for the crop. According to the FoE report, BlackRock, the Vanguard Group, JPMorgan and Fidelity Investments have almost $13 billionn in holdings in palm oil between them.

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Conservation

In Columbia, deforestation “gangs” run rampant


In Colombia, there are eight major areas of deforestation. Chief among them is the department of Guaviare, where three of the eight deforested areas are located, according to Colombia’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies (IDEAM). All of Guaviare’s municipalities are affected.

Unlike the country’s other deforestation hotspots, which have been reduced by up to four percent, the problem in Guaviare continues and even increases in comparison to IDEAM’s measurements in 2016. The increase in deforestation is due to road construction, the growth of the agricultural frontier, the practice of clearing of the forest and sowing the pastures for land speculation, and the cultivation of crops for illicit use.

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Environment

Earth’s Ozone Hole Is On The Mend


There is big news about the environment: Scientists say a hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer is starting to heal.

A new study confirms the hole is getting smaller. A report on the study was published late last month in the journal Science.

The scientists say the reason for the improvement is a reduction in the release of man-made chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere. These chemicals are called chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs for short.

“It’s a big surprise,” said Susan Solomon, the lead writer of the report. “I didn’t think it would be this early,” she said.

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God’s Green Earth

Sailing the Cosmic Seas With Hubble

Farm News

Catholic Rural Life: Stewardship of Creation


As Catholics we believe that the earth belongs to the Lord. Acknowledging this truth, we accept that God’s creation and all His creatures on Earth have an inherent value beyond a utility or usefulness for human beings. We are called to respect the integrity of creation: to live in harmony with all of creation, not to exploit what we can for our own self-interest.

How we live on God’s earth cannot be disconnected by how we live in community as social beings. If we are to sustain ourselves in authentic development and community, we must maintain a healthy environment and establish a beneficial economy for all.

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Steward Alerts

Knights of Columbus Reform their Uniforms


The classic ceremonial hats and capes of Fourth Degree members of the Knights of Columbus that you may have seen at Mass or at parish events will now be getting a major alteration.

“This fraternal year, we make another historic change. The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree uniform,” Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus Carl Anderson announced on Tuesday at the Knights’ 135th annual international convention in St. Louis, Mo.

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Steward Activities

Seton Home Study School

You’ve been looking for a home-school program that’s 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 right here, right now!

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Song Before the Lord

Love Never Fails

Gardening

Dry Vegetable Gardening

Dry gardening–called dry farming on a grander scale–is a strategy for gardening where rainfall and irrigation water are in short supply. By definition dry farming is non-irrigated agriculture in a climate where there is 20 inches of rain or less a year. Vegetables require water to germinate, grow, and fruit. Plant cells are made mostly of water. Vegetables take up nutrients through soil water. Drought is the condition under which plants fail to mature because they lack enough water. But dry conditions and drought are two different things. If you live in a dry region where little rain falls each year, if irrigation is hard to come by or rationed, you can still have a productive vegetable garden. Dry vegetable gardening is not gardening with no water; it is gardening with limited water and making the most of the water you have.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Caring for your pet during extreme heat

Temperatures climb this week with maximum heat indices surpassing 100 degrees, staying cool will be a top priority. For pet owners, keeping your furry companions safe is no different. Dogs are prone to similar heat-related illnesses as humans, such as heat exhaustion and stroke. But dogs don’t react the same way humans do to hot weather, according to Jayme Hoffberg, department head of emergency care at MedVet Chicago, a 24-hour veterinary clinic. “We can prepare ourselves and can recognize heat,” Hoffberg said. “But dogs rely on us, the owners, to take them away from heat and cool them down. Keeping them in the shade and making sure they are well hydrated is critical.”

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Stargazing

Space, the final frontier! The Hubble Telescope

Since the earliest days of astronomy, since the time of Galileo, astronomers have shared a single goal — to see more, see farther, see deeper. The Hubble Space Telescope’s launch in 1990 sped humanity to one of its greatest advances in that journey. Hubble is a telescope that orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere, which distorts and blocks the light that reaches our planet, gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of ground-based telescopes.

Hubble is one of NASA’s most successful and long-lasting science missions. It has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth, shedding light on many of the great mysteries of astronomy. Its gaze has helped determine the age of the universe, the identity of quasars, and the existence of dark energy.

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Sure to make you Smile

WELL…don’t just stand there!!!! DO SOMETHING!!!

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