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Did you hear?

The Holy Father’s Environmental Encyclical–Laudato Si’

“Saying that the earth “is beginning to look more and more like an  immense pile of filth,” the encyclical states, “Never have we so hurt  and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred  years. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal  species which we will never know, which our children will never see,  because they have been lost forever.”


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Good News

Raymond Arroyo–The World Over–Laudato si’

In the News

Father Robert Barron on Laudato si’

Picture of the Week

The Alaska Boundary Range is the largest and most northerly subrange of the Coast Mountains. They begin at the Nass River, near the southern end of the Alaska Panhandle in the Canadian province of British Columbia and run to the Kelsall River, near the Chilkoot Pass, beyond which is the Alsek Ranges of the Saint Elias Mountains.

Ask Susi

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 Weekly Column

My Response to LAUDATO SI’

~by Susi Pittman

It is with deep gratitude and joy that I receive the Holy Father’s new encyclical.


Catholic Journeyman

God With Us Versus God Against Us

~by Louis Templeman

Do you find yourself critiquing God’s performance? Do you “conditionalize” God to fit your lifestyle, convenience and feel-good attitude? Louis understands but, wants to share something vitally important on the subject with you.


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Do you find yourself in the “thick” of life, perhaps trapped by your own defenses to shield yourself from hurt or a problem? Paula needs you to walk with her into the thicket for a moment.


Book of the Month~June

Paw Prints at Owl Cottage

(The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and His Cats), by Denis O’Connor.

~review by Michele Gregoire

It is a book that looks at the circle of life emotionally and intensively as a cat lover and psychologist walks through living life fully with his feline family.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Longing for My Complement Self

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

A moment of joy spent in the sanctuary of creation can lend itself to an everlasting thirst to remain there. It is a reminder of the life to come.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Floods in Europe, Spain, Turkey, Russia & Texas, massive hail storms in Australia

Weather gyrations around the globe have meteorologists scrambling to keep up.


Weekly Commentary

Why Pope Francis’ encyclical matters–by Father Thomas Reese, National Catholic Register

Some of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten from journalists this week: Why does the encyclical matter? What impact will it have? Why is it getting all this attention?

Let’s start with the last question: Why is it getting all this attention?


Affiliate Shopping

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A Division of Engineering Services & Products Company, FARMTEK was founded in 1979 with the purpose of bringing the highest quality products at the most competitive prices with exceptional customer service directly to the agricultural, horticultural, building and retail trade communities.


Geology and Archaeology

The Special Geology of Salt Dome Island

Walk up Dalma’s rocky hills and it soon becomes clear that the island, 42 kilometres off the coast of Abu Dhabi, has geological as well as cultural value. Dalma is a salt dome island, with the characteristic dome shapes of rocks formed over millennia as salt slowly rose to the Earth’s surface, reshaping overlaying rocks. Offering excellent panoramic views of the island and coastal waters, the salt domes of Dalma are well preserved and easily accessible.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Colleen Carroll Campbell

Colleen Carroll Campbell began her writing career at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she served as editor-in-chief of the campus magazine, president of the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a freelance writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  In 2000, Campbell won a $50,000 Phillips Journalism Fellowship that allowed her to take a year’s leave from her newspaper job and travel the country, researching and writing about a little-noticed trend that had attracted her attention: the appeal of traditional religion and morality to a growing number of young Americans.

The result of her research was The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy (Loyola Press, 2002), a critically acclaimed book that was a finalist for the 2002 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. Now in its sixth printing, The New Faithful has been adopted as required reading by several colleges and universities. She presented a copy of The New Faithful to Pope Benedict XVI while serving as a North American delegate to an international Vatican Congress on women.

With the knowledge of an insider and the sprightly facility of a good journalist, Colleen Carroll tells one of the largely unheralded stories of our time: the turn of so many highly educated young Americans toward serious religious commitment. How did these young people become, as she puts it so well, ‘defenders of orthodoxy in an age that denigrates dogma?’ Carroll unravels the mystery in a book that will become an important document of our time. The orthodox, the unorthodox and the flexible souls in between will find grist here for lively argument and serious reflection.

Since 2006, Campbell has hosted her own international television and radio show, “Faith & Culture.” The television show airs three times weekly on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the radio show airs twice weekly on EWTN Global Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Channel 160 and once weekly on Relevant Radio.


Quote of the Week

A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. Did not Jesus say: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

~ Pope Francis~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Thomas More


Earth has its warmest May ever–Dr. Jeff Masters

May 2015 was Earth’s warmest May since global record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Thursday. NASA rated May 2015 as the 2nd warmest May on record. May 2015’s warmth makes the year-to-date period (January – May) the warmest such period on record, according to both NOAA and NASA, and it is likely that 2015 will be Earth’s second consecutive warmest year on record. Five of the ten warmest months in recorded history have occurred in the past six months, according to NOAA.


Looking for Sustainability

Organics bring sustainability, profits

Organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming, according to a new report that analyzes dozens of studies. “We found that, in spite of lower yields, organic agriculture was significantly more profitable than conventional agriculture and has room to expand globally,” said study co-author David Crowder, assistant professor of entomology at Washington State University.


God’s Green Earth

Canticle of All Creatures

Farm News

Tilling Alaska’s Fertile Tundra

At his farm carved out of the tundra near the heart of Western Alaska’s biggest town, Tim Meyers thinks about feeding the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and looks underground. There he has built a massive storage cellar to preserve potatoes, turnips, beets and more through the winter. Underground is where he starts seeds each spring in a heated space under his house. Meyers has transformed four acres of permafrost into a vegetable-producing phenomenon.


Steward Alert

A pilgrimage to the Shroud of Turin

~by Patti Maguire Armstrong

It was a once–in-a-lifetime trip to Rome and Turin that my husband Mark and I took last month with 6 of our 10 kids. A mere tourist destination would not have been enough incentive to pull it all together.   We went as pilgrims to see the Shroud of Turin. (And, Rome wasn’t a bad side trip.) Mark and I share the opinion of many leading scientists, previous Popes, and Pope Francis that the Shroud is worth venerating as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.  So, we joined the ranks of the two million people who will see the Shroud during its 67-day-display from April 19 until June 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.


Steward Activities

The Real Reason I’m Still Catholic–A Tribute To Dad

~by Roxane Salonen

The bloodline of my own family first brought me to the Church’s doors, but the Body and Blood of Christ that I find within have kept drawing near. And this blood, this body, has the potential to transform not just one soul, not just one family, but the whole world.

Dad’s no longer here, but the essence of him is always with me, and I am eternally grateful for both Dad and the faith he wanted so much for me to have, even in times when he did not feel worthy of Her, and Christ, himself. What an act of pure love.


Environmental Education

Wildlife Aid Foundation–United Kingdom

The Wildlife Aid Foundation originated in the 1980s as a small local wildlife rescue charity but has grown since then into one of the UK’s leading environmental and animal welfare organizations. All wild animals that come into our care are treated and rehabilitated completely free of charge. Our aim is to return every animal that is capable of surviving back to its natural environment.


Youth Stewardship

Brower Youth Awards

Each year the Brower Youth Award recognizes the work of six young leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. Brower Youth Award winners demonstrate excellent leadership as well as a commitment to the communities their work serves.



Using Mandevilla as a ground cover

Gardeners appreciate mandevilla vines (Mandevilla splendens) for their ability to climb up trellises and garden walls quickly and easily. The climbing vine can cover a backyard eyesores quickly and beautifully. But using mandevilla vines for ground covers is also a good idea.


Wellness & Nutrition

How to prepare for a big summertime packing trip

Summer is here and you probably have a big backpacking trip planned for July or August. Maybe it’s the first backpacking trip you’ve ever taken with your son, daughter, or family, or maybe it’s the trip of a lifetime like thru-hiking the John Muir Trail or Maine’s 100 Mile Wilderness. I get a lot of email from readers about how to prepare for trips like these and I always respond that same way.



One Month From Pluto

Now within one month of the historic Pluto flyby, NASA’s New Horizons team has executed a small but important course correction for the spacecraft, completed updated analyses of possible hazards in the Pluto system, and is picking up the pace of science-data collection.



WHICH  WAY  DID  HE  GO ??????


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