July 4, 2017 Special Issue


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Happy Birthday AMERICA!

~Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord~

Did you know?

THAT…in 1565, 55 years BEFORE the Mayflower arrived in what would become the United State of America, Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore to found the city of St. Augustine and claim the land for Spain. Menendez’ crew was made up of 800 Spaniards, Africans and Mediterranean peoples. Soldiers and sailors were joined by craftsmen, women and children, and Catholic clergy.

The Spaniards and the Timucua who lived there sat down together for a Feast of Thanksgiving. Menendez and his crew also celebrated a Catholic Mass, led by Father Francisco Lopez, and built a mission church on the grounds of the current Mission Nombre de Dios. This makes St. Augustine home to the oldest Catholic parish in the United States.

This event in history is in stark contrast to U. S History books that only record that the first Roman Catholics to enter the American “colonies” settled in Maryland in 1634, not including St. Augustine’s prominence in the founding of this great country.

Did you hear?

What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence

Good News

50 Wonderful Facts About the Declaration of Independence

The following 50 facts about the Declaration of Independence provides interesting facts in the quick, comprehensive format of the Declaration of Independence fact file. The Purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to announce and explain separation from Great Britain.


Picture of the Week

From the Prayer Journal of George Washington

O Lord our God, most mighty and merciful father, I thine unworthy creature and servant, do once more approach thy presence. Though not worthy to appear before thee, because of my natural corruptions, and the many sins and transgressions which I have committed against thy divine majesty; yet I beseech thee, for the sake of him in whom thou art well pleased, the Lord Jesus Christ, to admit me to render thee deserved thanks and praises for thy manifold mercies extended toward me, for the quiet rest & repose of the past night, for food, rainment, health, peace, liberty, and the hopes of a better life through the merits of thy dear son’s bitter passion. And O kind father continue thy mercy and favor to me this day, and ever hereafter; purpose all my lawful undertakings; let me have all my directions from thy holy spirit; and success from thy bountiful hand. Let the bright beams of thy light so shine into my heart, and enlighten my mind in understanding thy blessed word, that I may be enabled to perform thy will in all things, and effectually resist all temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Preserve and defend our rulers in church & state. Bless the people of this land, be a father to the fatherless, a comforter to the comfortless, a deliverer to the captives, and a physician to the sick. Let thy blessings guide this day and forever through Jesus Christ in whose blessed form of prayer I conclude my weak petitions. Amen.

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.


Susi’s Weekly Column

O America, My America

~by Susi Pittman

The 4th of July is always a grand celebration at our home…great food, fireworks and family heritage fill the day for all to enjoy.


Catholic Journeyman

A Pharisee in Sodom

~by Louis Templeman

Louis recalls a watershed moment in which the Supreme Court took our country into yet another darker moral direction and how it set upon his conscience.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

We Are All Related

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

We are all related through God’s intricate intertwining creative process.


Weekly Commentary

Religious Liberty Wins Again In The Supreme Court

~by Thomas Ascik

In its decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer this week, the Supreme Court took another significant step in furthering its contemporary jurisprudence emphasizing the free exercise of religion.

Denying the grant solely because the applicant was a church, the state of Missouri cited a section of the Missouri constitution…According to the decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against the church, that section was placed in the Missouri state Constitution in 1870. And although neither the Eighth Circuit nor the Supreme Court elaborated, it is one of the explicitly anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments that swept the country in the latter part of the Nineteenth Century and which still exist in the constitutions of many other states.


Catholic Writers

Remembering Joyce Kilmer—Catholic Writer & Patriot

Joyce Kilmer, a Catholic poet most widely renowned for the poem “Trees,” was very popular in the early 1900s. He was author of three books of poetry and editor of Dreams and Images, an anthology of then-modern Catholic poets of England and America. Trees was probably the most printed poem of its time, put to music, and memorized by more school children than any other. But that’s not important. What’s important is that Joyce was more than a poet—he was a Catholic poet . . . and, in fact, more than a Catholic poet—a unabashedly Catholic writer, interviewer, husband, father, speaker and patriot . . . and when it comes right down to it, an uncommonly good man.


Recommended Read

Dreams And Images: An Anthology of Catholic Poets

~by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

A treasure-trove of Catholic poetry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Over 200 poems. Includes works by Bl. John Henry Newman, Coventry Patmore, Alice Meynell, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Francis Thompson and many others.


Quote of the Week

My God!  How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!

~Thomas Jefferson~

Catholic Saints

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Geology and Archaeology

Archaeologists discover oldest colonial fort in U.S.

A team of archeologists announced the discovery of the remains of a long-lost 16th century Spanish garrison in western North Carolina that predates the earliest English settlements in North America by decades. Established in 1567, Fort San Juan was just one of at least six military installations built by the Spanish across the Appalachian mountain range, stretching from the coast of South Carolina to eastern Tennessee—and the only one of the forts scientists have located so far.



120 Years of Climate Scares

Scientists seeking funding and journalists seeking an audience agree: panic sells. “Global cooling is going to kills us all!” – “No, wait: global warming is going to kill us all!”

That’s the gist of an amazing chronology of the last 120 years of scare-mongering on climate, assembled by butnowyouknow.net and reprinted by the estimable Anthony Watts who updates it to the present. It is truly mind-boggling.


Global Weather

Thomas Jefferson: America’s First Meteorologist

For the more than fifty years that Thomas Jefferson was a systematic weather observer, Monticello was the focus of his efforts to understand the American climate. Well before 1776, the date of his earliest surviving meteorological diary, he was carefully assembling information on the weather of Virginia and making his own observations at Williamsburg and Monticello. The fruits of these endeavors appeared in the chapter on climate in his Notes on the State of Virginia, which, when published in 1785, established his membership in the international fraternity of scientists and natural philosophers.



The American Library Association: Sustaining Democracy

Our public libraries assist local communities in supporting and encouraging the domocratic nature of a society by providing citizens with accessibility to information regardless of race, income, class, age, or gender. Equal information access for all is a primary component of the democratic process.



LIBRARY OF CONGRESS: The Evolution of the Conservation Movement

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement collection covers the movement to preserve and protect America’s wildlife, wild lands, and other natural resources from 1890-1920. The collection complements key history content such as the Progressive era, the American frontier, eastern urbanization and population growth, and public policy.



A History of the Environmental Movement in the U.S.

Historians agree that three developments after World War II encouraged the rise of the modern environmental movement. As the economy boomed, newly affluent Americans became less willing to accept environmental degradation as the price of progress. New technologies — from the atomic bomb to chemical pesticides — brought new environmental hazards. The popularization of ecological ideas also gave countless citizens a new appreciation of the risks of transforming and manipulating nature.

Of course, the environmental movement built on earlier efforts to conserve resources, preserve wilderness, and improve the urban environment. Yet only a few scholars have tried to explain how the causes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries evolved into modern environmentalism.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Colonial Farming & Food: Famine to Prosperity

In colonial America, before the grocery store, men and women had to hunt, gather, or cultivate food, and at times wait for shipments from Europe, in order to survive. The work needed to secure sustenance molded society and the way colonists lived and expanded in America in colonial times.


TIMELINE for the History of American Agriculture HERE…

Steward Alert


The Catholic Association (TCA) is dedicated to being a faithful Catholic voice in the public square and the public arena. TCA is responding to the call of the Catholic Church for members of the lay faithful to apply Catholic teaching, wisdom, and principles to the issues of the day.

Partisan politics is what divides many Catholics — we want to focus on what unites faithful Catholics in order to build a powerful coalition to positively influence our world.


Steward Activities

4th of July Recipes & Fun Ideas

Wondering what special dish to prepare for the 4th? Or maybe you’re wanting to spice up an old favorite? Then jump in to this pool of great ideas for on and off the picnic table.


A Song Before the Lord

The Battle Hymn of the Republic


Grow your own PATRIOTIC Garden

In 2007, Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) developed the America’s Anniversary Garden to help individuals, communities, and groups commemorate America’s 400th Anniversary with a signature landscape, garden, or container planting. These signature gardens have red, white, and blue color schemes. Although the commemoration has passed, this guide continues to be useful for creating a patriotic garden.


Wellness & Nutrition

Celebrate 67 Best American Wines

After tasting more than 300 affordable American wines, Senior Editor Ray Isle reports on his most exciting finds, from Chardonnay to Zinfandel— to buy by the case for everyday drinking or casual entertaining.



America’s Space Program: Then & Now

After the Apollo space program in the 1960s — which put a man on the moon in 1969 — President Richard Nixon commissioned the space shuttle program in 1972. The first shuttle, Columbia, blasted off in April 1981. Unlike Apollo, the space shuttle never ventured beyond Earth’s orbit. The shuttles, as big as DC-9 airplanes, were billed as a spacecraft that could launch and land 25 times a year.

They never did.



In America, every dog can dream of becoming “super dog!”


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