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~Return to the Lord Your God~

Did You Hear?

THAT…Jacob’s Biblical Sheep Arrive in the Promised Land, fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy?

The 2,000-year saga of the return of Jacob’s sheep to the Holy Land as prophesied by Ezekiel was officially launched with the first of 11 flights that took place last week. The timing of this tremendous occurrence is deeply Biblically significant and may in fact shed light on the fascinating history of the patriarch’s herd.

Good News

Young Neighbors In Action

Young Neighbors in Action offers your teens a week of participating in mission, growing in faith, joining in prayer and serving those in need. The 2017 Sites and Dates are now available! The theme is Anointed to Serve, and is based on Luke 4:18: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”

Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible. Please explore this site if you are interested in more information about Young Neighbors in Action that you need to plan your next summer service trip!


In the News

The most sacred place on Earth

(Crucifixion Altar)

The site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is identified as the place both of the crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. The church has long been a major pilgrimage center for Christians all around the world.

About 10 years after the crucifixion, a third wall was built that enclosed the area of the execution and burial within the city, and this accounts for the Holy Sepulchre’s location inside the Old City of Jerusalem today.


Picture of the Week

Generation after generation of pilgrims have come to Jerusalem to walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross and all have desired to touch this stone, the stone known as the Handprint of Jesus, by placing their warm hands upon the cool rock. Over the centuries, the stone has been worn down into a deep, collective palm-print. And still today this custom persists. By touching our hands to the same place where Jesus may have touched His, we show our willingness to stumble as He stumbled, to suffer as He suffered. This stone handprint really has been made by Christ, by His own body, and by those who love Him.

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

In a Dogwood state of mind

~by Susi Pittman

Springtime finds our Creator-God painting the earth in myriad shades of splendid renewal. Yet, it is in a simple white petal that the greatest story ever told is reflected back into our minds and hearts.


Catholic Journeyman

Freedom of the Cross

~by Louis Templeman

Your choice is between two trees. Which one does your soul gravitate to?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Weeding For Sinners

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Virginia’s gardening moves to new heights as the simple task of “weeding” the garden becomes a Lenten spiritual act of mercy.


Weekly Commentary

How do we gauge our children’s spiritual progress during Lent?

~by Marlon De La Torre

As parents one of the most unique challenges we face is attempting to measure the spiritual progress of our children. Even though gauging the physical or academic development of our children may appear simple enough discerning our children’s spiritual development is an entirely different story. This is why engaging in an active sacramental life offers tangible substantive assistance in observing the spiritual progress of our children especially through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist) and the sacraments of healing e.g. reconciliation.


Catholic Writers

Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M.

Father Thomas Edward Dubay (December 30, 1921 – September 26, 2010), S.M., was an American Catholic priest, author, and retreat director. He wrote over 20 books on Catholic spirituality, in which he emphasized the importance of renewed conversion and contemplative prayer, and he traveled worldwide to teach at parishes, seminaries, and monasteries. A great Lenten book written by Father Dubay is Deep Conversion – Deep Prayer.

In 1977, at the recommendation of his provincial superior, Dubay began traveling frequently to assist religious communities respond to teachings of the Second Vatican Council. He worked with many groups of religious sisters in renewing their constitutions. During this period, he began to answer invitations to speak and lead retreats throughout the world, including at parishes, seminaries, cloistered monasteries, lay associations, religious orders, hermitages, and even prisons. He formed close relationships with a number of religious communities, including the convents of the Missionaries of Charity, Carmelite sisters, Dominican sisters, Passionist Sisters, and the Sisters of Life.

Dubay also began ministering through television and radio appearances. In 1988, he first appeared on EWTN Global Catholic Network as a guest on Mother Angelica Live. Dubay visited on EWTN at Irondale, Alabama at least once a year for over 20 years to record various series on topics including contemplative prayer, community life, and St. John of the Cross. He also spoke on various Catholic radio programs, including WEWN

Recommended Read

Deep Conversion – Deep Prayer

~by Father Thomas Dubay~

Fr. Thomas Dubay is one of the most popular and respected retreat masters and spiritual directors in the USA. He is the author of the perennial best-selling book on prayer and contemplation, Fire Within. In this book, he responds to the call to priests by both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI to help believers and all those interested in spirituality to develop a deeper prayer life and union with God.

As in his other popular writings, Dubay’s style is profound and meditative yet clear and readable. He gives an overview of the spiritual life and journey for anyone seeking to grow in the love of God and neighbor. An expert on the teachings and writings of the two great mystical doctors of prayer and the spiritual life, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, Dubay gives solid practical advice for a deepening moral and spiritual conversion, and a radical growth in holiness.

Topics covered in depth in this book include:

  • The Radical Conversion
  • Relevance and Motivation
  • Conversion and Genuine Love
  • Degrees of Depth
  • Remarkable Resistance
  • Called to the Heights
  • Sure-fire Program

Quote of the Week

I had many friends to help me fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I wonder how I was not always on the ground. I praise God for His mercy; for it was He only Who stretched out His hand to me. May He be blessed forever. Amen.

~ Saint Teresa of Avila ~

Discovering Catholic Saints

St. John of the Cross

Geology & Archaeology

The Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before.


Global Weather

6 Dead, Thousands Forced From Homes

Emergency crews struggled Tuesday to contain wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states, killing six people and forcing thousands of others to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flames.

Fires burned in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado, and warnings that conditions were ripe were issued for Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, even after powerful thunderstorms moved through the middle of the country overnight, spawning dozens of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.



Australia’s Summer Breaks 205 Records

More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia’s most recent summer, a climate group has warned.

The Climate Council report, titled “Angry Summer”, said the season was defined by intense heatwaves and bushfires in eastern Australia but heavy rain and flooding in the west.

It showed climate change was being felt across Australia, the researchers said.The report also warned that electricity networks were likely to be strained by increased demand in the future.



Sustainable Earth: Oceans

More than half the people on Earth live within 120 miles (193 kilometers) of the ocean, but even those who live nowhere near the sea are dependent on the massive saltwater ecosystem that covers nearly three-fourths of our planet.

The ocean helps create and regulate weather around the globe and produces many of life’s essentials, including water, food, and even the oxygen we breathe every day. But scientists warn that the sea is changing rapidly and that our many uses of its bounty must be managed far more sustainably.



Air pollution can alter the effectiveness of antibiotics

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Leicester has explored the impact of black carbon on bacteria in the respiratory tract

Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time discovered that bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution — increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.


God’s Green Earth

Spring Flowers

Farm News

Sowing Seeds: A Campaign To Renew Catholic Faith in Rural America

Since its inception over 93 years ago, Catholic Rural Life has been focused on the needs of the faithful in the American countryside. In fact, it is the only Catholic organization in the country to do so.

Catholic Rural Life applies the teaching of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America; strengthening and sustaining Catholic life by developing leaders in rural communities.

But the Church in rural America is at a critical juncture, with many challenges facing those who labor on behalf of Christ.


Steward Alerts

Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation

Truly a profound production into theistic evolution in contrast to the beauty and reasonableness of the true Catholic doctrine of creation. This first video evaluates the molecules-to-man evolutionary hypothesis in the light of one of the fundamental metaphysical principles of traditional Catholic philosophy.


Steward Activities

THE SHACK: A movie review

Can any movie depict the Trinity? Why do bad things happen to good people? The controversial Christian best-seller comes to the big screen.

What made The Shack — a self-published Christian novel by a first-time author, William P. Young, originally written for his children with no thought of a wider audience — so phenomenally popular for a few years about a decade ago?


A Song Before The Lord

Lead Me Lord


Making the BEST garden soil for success

A successful organic garden is a play directed by a gardener using seeds, soil, water, weather, and knowledge to produce a bounty. Feeding the plants is only part of the production. For true sustainability and maximum flavor and nutrition, the gardener’s aim should be building a healthy soil ecosystem in which plants play a symbiotic role.


Wellness & Nutrition

It’s Spring and My Pet Itches! A Look at Seasonal Allergies

Dogs and cats can be allergic to the same things that make people sneeze. Unlike allergies in humans, however, allergies in small animals are more likely to affect the skin and ears than the respiratory system.

The most common allergies in dogs and cats fall into 3 categories: atopy (allergy to substances in the environment), flea allergy, and food allergy. Some pets have allergies in more than one category.



Space X’s Red Dragon launch to Mars delayed until 2020

With so many exciting projects competing for the finite time of SpaceX’s super talented engineers, something important had to give. And that something comes in the form of slipping the blastoff of SpaceX’s ambitious Red Dragon initiative to land the first commercial spacecraft on Mars by 2 years – to 2020. Nevertheless it will include a hefty science payload, SpaceX’s President told Universe Today.

The Red Dragon launch postponement from 2018 to 2020 was announced by SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell during a Falcon 9 prelaunch press conference at historic pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.



Sometimes, what you’re looking for can be standing right NEXT to you!

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