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It’s Be Kind To Animals Week

TAKE THE PLEDGE—Be Kind to Animals Week May 7-13

For generations of Americans, May has always been associated with kindness. Millions of people around the country young and old have joined American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, in celebrating its “Be Kind to Animals Week®” (May 7-13), the longest-running, most successful humane education campaign in American history.


Good News


Since its release in August 2011, Back to Eden has been viewed online over 2.5 million times in 218 countries!

Back to Eden Film shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive growing methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic gardening system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. Never, until now, have Paul’s organic gardening methods been documented and shared like this!


Paul Gautschi

One of the points the film drives home is that children need a connection to God’s creation to be happy and healthy. If possible, every family with children at home should have a garden and a few farm animals. I am convinced that Darwinian evolution could never have gained traction until a significant part of the populace–especially the educated elite–had been cut off from the land and from their oral traditions. Christian civilization thrived where these two things co-existed within the context of the Catholic Faith. But men who are cut off from the wonders of God’s creative handiwork in living plants and animals by city living, and from their own ancestral history through total dependence on written or electronically encoded information–such men can be led to believe all kinds of things that contradict the common testimony of their ancestors and the principles of common sense. Hugh Owen—The Kolbe Center

In the News

Abused Dog Rescued From Missouri Floods

Park rangers in Missouri managed to rescue an abused dog that was chained to a heavy cinderblock and left to die at a lake south of Kansas City.

The lab/shepherd mix was found caked in mud along the shoreline chained to a 12×12″ cinderblock “presumably left to drown in high water levels,” the Great Plains SPCA said in a statement.


Picture of the Week

DHOLE—Asian Wild Dog

Dholes (aka Asian wild dog) are a primitive canine species whose habitat is in Thailand, Russia, China, and India. With less than 2,500 in the wild, they are an endangered species.

Ask Susi

Q: 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

Why God needs caring consciences in our children

~by Susi Pittman

Children are mirrors of what they observe around them. Being kind, respectful and having a rightly ordered moral compass almost always lies in the hands of the adults that influence them.


Catholic Journeyman

I Found Flo In My Yard

~by Louis Templeman

The loss of Louis’ beloved cat was an ending, but in a way only God can create, it was also a new beginning.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

The Plight of Amphibians: And How We Can Help

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

They are among the most vulnerable of species and are very important to the eco-systems our backyards.


Weekly Commentary

The Importance of the Traditional Doctrine of Creation: Why does it matter?

~by Hugh Owen

Our Lord took pains to emphasize that any evangelization accompanied by the fullness of his power must include ALL the Truths that He had entrusted to the Apostles.  It follows that any proclamation of the Gospel that omits or even downplays essential elements of the Good News will be lacking in power.  This would be especially true if any fundamental element of the Gospel, as proclaimed by the Apostles and early Fathers, were to be omitted or perverted.  The doctrine of creation and the Fall forms the foundation for the Church’s understanding of Redemption and Sanctification.  In the light of this truth, it may come as a shock to many to realize that the understanding of creation and the early history of man proclaimed by all of the Apostles and Church Fathers differs drastically from that which is being proclaimed in most contemporary Catholic institutions of learning from kindergarten to the post-graduate level.


Catholic Writers

Anthony Esolen

Professor Anthony Esolen holds a Doctorate in Renaissance English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Professor of English at Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Esolen’s translation of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy was published by Modern Library. His translation of the Inferno appeared in 2002, the Purgatory in 2003, and the Paradise in 2005.  In his translations, Esolen chose not to attempt a “preservation of Dante’s rhyme in any systematic form”. In lieu of Dante’s famous terza rima, Esolen’s Inferno depends on the use of blank verse. Esolen writes that the use of blank verse allows him to retain both the “meaning [and the] music” of Dante’s original. The works also feature, alongside the English translation, the original Italian text. Esolen notes that this text “is based on the editions of Giorgio Petrocchi (1965) and Umberto Bosco and Giovanni Reggio” (1979)”. Finally, the translations include Esolen’s notes and commentary on the text, as well as illustrations by Gustave Doré.

Esolen has also published translations of other classical texts, including Torquato Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered (reviewed in Translation and Literature, Sixteenth-Century Journal, and International Journal of the Classical Tradition) and Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura (both published by Johns Hopkins University Press).

He is a Senior Editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and his articles appear regularly in First Things, Catholic World Report, and Magnificat. He is also the author of Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church also published by TAN Books.

Recommended Read

Angels, Barbarians, and Nincompoops…and a lot of other words you thought you knew

~by Anthony Esolen

“It’s hard not to like our only word that rhymes with Cupid,” writes Anthony Esolen.

Similarly, it’s hard not to love this book, which employs a diverse cast of characters ranging from C.S. Lewis and Emily Dickinson to Lily Munster and the Great Pumpkin to reveal the historical, hilarious, and even holy origins of the words we use, even though many of us have forgotten what they mean. Join Professor Esolen on this fun yet educational romp through 98 of your soon to be favorite words.


Quote of the Week

Storms of every sort, torrents, earthquakes, cataclysms, ‘convulsions of nature,’ etc., however mysterious and lawless at first sight they may seem, are only harmonious notes in the song of creation, varied expressions of God’s love.

~John Muir~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

St. Joseph the Worker

Geology & Archaeology

In the field with Iraq’s archaeologist

Working in Kurdistan at the site of Qalatga Darband, The British Museum is training Iraqi archaeologists to preserve and study their country’s threatened heritage.

Iraqi Kurdistan is spectacularly beautiful in April; the foothills of the Zagros Mountains break out in flowers, the barley shoots up in the valleys and everything is eye-wateringly green. Down by the calm waters of Lake Dokan, I’m trying to explain the mystery and wonder of single context excavation to a very nice man called Halkawt who works for the directorate of antiquities in Erbil. He’s enthusiastic, but his excavation experience is pretty limited so we’re very much starting on page one of practical archaeology.



Queensland’s Climate Change Refuge

Seventy years from now one area of Queensland could be the country’s best refuge for thousands of animals as it remains relatively untouched by climate change. Newly released mapping based on data from Far North Queensland-based James Cook University predicts much of the country will suffer a dramatic loss of animal species but large parts of the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range will be much more resilient. The research, led by Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change director Dr Jeremy VanDerWal, found these less-affected areas would hold on to a greater potential to support “significant wildlife populations”.


Global Weather

Historic flooding in 3 states now a levee breach

Pervasive flooding continues to plague parts of the Midwest and South, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Missouri is bracing for what could be a dangerous, record-breaking week, and a levee breach just below the border in Arkansas could present a life-and-death situation, the NWS reported.

A levee breach has been confirmed along the Black River in Pocahontas, a small city located in Randolph County, Arkansas, which is close to the border of Missouri, according to the NWS. Weather officials called the situation “life threatening” due to the risk of flash flooding.



Warning of shortage for essential minerals needed for technology

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.

Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.



How Much Do You Know About The Monarch Butterfly?

Spring has arrived and monarch butterflies are on the move. Soon they will arrive in our grassland prairies, meadows and backyard habitats.

But how much do you know about these garden visitors? Find out by taking our Monarch IQ Quiz!



Las Vegas residents lobby Nevada legislature on conservation

Investing in renewable energy and protecting Nevada’s public lands were the focus Tuesday of Conservation Lobby Day at the Nevada Legislature.

About 100 Las Vegas residents took an overnight bus ride to the capital to lobby lawmakers on issues ranging from encouraging rooftop solar to protecting the state’s public lands and newly designated conservation areas that are potentially threatened by the Trump administration.

The press conference and rally comes a week after the Nevada Assembly and Senate passed conservation legislation that now go to the other chamber for consideration.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Country Folks

Country Folks is a weekly publication serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic agriculture industries. Our coverage area reaches from Maine to North Carolina with four regional additions. Our key market focuses include dairy, beef, crops, small ruminants, etc. Editorial content revolves around production, animal health, industry events, trade shows, auctions, etc.


Steward Alerts


Ever wondered what it would be like to serve at the largest Catholic media outlet in the world, as a Franciscan Brother or a Priest? If you are discerning a vocation to the consecrated life, here is your chance to discover the life of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Our Come and See Discernment Retreat will take place June 29th to July 2nd. If you are interested in attending and are between the ages of 18 – 35, please fill out the inquiry form on our website


Please tell any family members, friends, or fellow parishioners that may be interested!

Steward Activities

Gregorian Chants of the Holy Spirit

The disciples waiting in the Upper Room, the rush of wind, the tongues of fire, and the spreading of the Gospel are all depicted in these Gregorian chants from two masses for the Feast of Pentecost. Opening and closing with the traditional tolling of the Angelus bell, this SACD also features a reading of the Pentecost story from the book of Acts, and Guillaume Dufay’s Veni Creator Spiritus.


A Song Before The Lord

Veni Creator Spiritus


Grow Your Own Garlic

Garlic isn’t hard to grow. In fact, growing garlic plants is almost ridiculously easy. It has a few important requirements that are easily met: decent soil, adequate moisture, and, of course, planting and harvesting at the right time.

When is the right time for planting garlic?


Wellness & Nutrition

10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program Today

You’re sitting in your chair, feeling crummy with body aches, and that ever present nagging thought in the back of your mind that you REALLY need to get off your duff and get back into a more mobile life. It’s never too late to begin your journey in wellness! Here are 10 steps you can take today to get started.



Europe’s Moon Colony on the Lunar Far Side

Imagine an international research station on the moon, where astronauts and cosmonauts and taikonauts and any other-nauts from around the world conduct science experiments, gather resources, build infrastructure, study our home planet from afar, and erect a new radio telescope to probe the mysteries of the ancient cosmos. This is the vision of Jan Woerner, the German civil engineer who serves as the Director General of the European Space Agency. He calls it “Moon Village.”



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