Memorial Day 2016


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Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends.

(John 15:13)

Memorial Day is not a celebration – it is a Remembrance.

Remember in prayer the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Did you hear?

A Marine’s Story From Lourdes

After nearly losing his life in combat nine years ago, retired U.S. Marine Paul McQuigg journeyed to Lourdes with his wife and son to pray for healing and restoration from chronically painful injuries. Currently living in Oceanside, California, Paul McQuigg spent more than 15 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before being forced to retire when he was severely injured in Iraq. The experience of healing in the pilgrimage is important for all military men who come “feeling that they’ve done what they were called to do, and that is to go forth and protect people that are in their lives,” he said. “They don’t ask for anything in return, they just go out there in selflessness…what we’re asked to do by the Lord and Jesus Christ is to give ourselves willingly for others.”


Good News

Gary Sinise supports Helping Veterans Get Jobs

Find out more about the GE Veterans Network HERE.

In the News

Elite Navy Seal Dog gets new role

A Navy SEAL canine has left the battlefield of Afghanistan and is now a part of the sheriff’s department.

Picture of the Week


Dogs have been fighting alongside U.S. soldiers for more than 100 years, seeing combat in the Civil War and World War I. But their service was informal; only in 1942 were canines officially inducted into the U.S. Army. Today, they’re a central part of U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan — as of early 2010 the U.S. Army had 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed (the largest canine contingent in the world). And these numbers will continue to grow as these dogs become an ever-more-vital military asset.

So it should come as no surprise that among the 79 commandos involved in Operation Neptune Spear that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s killing, there was one dog — the elite of the four-legged variety. There should be little reason to speculate about why there was a dog involved: Man’s best friend is a pretty fearsome warrior. Above, a U.S. soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his dog leap off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior.

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

WAR DOGS: Quiet Americans, Once Forgotten Heroes

~by Susi Pittman

They are the quiet Americans, forgotten heroes forgotten no longer. Susi looks at the history of the American War Dogs.


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

Often times it is a Bible scripture used for funerals, but it is also a scripture for life and living fearlessly no matter the circumstances or the place, or the call of duty.


A Poet’s Voice

Balcony People

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Are you a balcony person?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Sauntering With My Creator

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS

Not a morning person? Ginny can relate. However, there is a remedy that guarantees a huge return on rising up early.


Weekly Commentary

Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good

Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good is the award-winning feature-length documentary that transcends genres and celebrates America’s heroes. This moving film chronicles the journey of Academy Award nominated actor, Gary Sinise who since 9/11, has vowed to never to forget those who are willing to give all.

By following Gary and his “Lt. Dan Band” around the world for nearly two years, including Kuwait and Iraq, we meet many of our brave men and women in uniform, our heroic first responders, their families, and the wonderful citizens that support them. In the process, we are inspired ourselves to actively participate in supporting America’s finest, and to also never forget. With an amazing soundtrack and special appearances by numerous celebrities, including Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, as well as many others, “Lt. Dan Band: For The Common Good” combines star power, great music and an uplifting message that resonates with a wide audience. It is that rare film that entertains even as it inspires.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Father Ron Camarda -  Retired Military Chaplain

Father Ron Camarda is a retired Naval Chaplain and author of “Tear in the Desert,” a powerful book containing his memoirs of life and death at the Battle for Fallujah. Fr. Ron was recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Marines during the Battle for Fallujah, Iraq (2004). At Bravo Surgical (Marine equivalent to a M.A.S.H. unit) he received over 1500 casualties and was present to 81 Marine deaths.

I see my role as a retired reserve chaplain to include facilitating retreats and preparing students for the spiritual, emotional and  psychological  impact of war and terror in a shrinking global society. I am a natural teacher in the field of religion, spirituality and counseling psychology.

Father Ron appears on EWTN and recently won the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.


Recommended Read

Tear In The Desert: A Journey Into The Heart of the Iraq War With Navy Chaplain Father Ron Camarda

Navy Reserve chaplain Ron Camarda didn’t want to go to Iraq. But go he did, writing in his journal the names of the 2,000 troops — some dead, many wounded — he met along the way. His experience at the Marine Surgical Hospital and in the City during the battle for Fallujah changed him and those who know him. This is the story of how millions of people had their lives changed forever. Father Ron shares some insight into the spiritual dimension of the War in Iraq and the War at Home. Afterward by Col Mike Shupp, USMC.


Quote of the Week

We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

~Ronald Reagan~

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint George, The Soldier

Geology and Archaeology

UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with all other aspects of the area’s natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society in the context of the dynamic planet we all live on, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the impact of natural disasters. By raising awareness of the importance of the area’s geological heritage in history and society today, UNESCO Global Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area. The creation of innovative local enterprises, new jobs and high quality training courses is stimulated as new sources of revenue are generated through sustainable geotourism, while the geological resources of the area are protected.


World Climate Issues

Why are so any Veterans working in the solar industry?

The U.S. solar industry has grown dramatically across the country in recent years, creating tens of thousands of new jobs along the way. This strong industry growth is a direct result of a federal policy known as the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), one of the most important policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the U.S. In addition to the impressive U.S. domestic solar market growth and newly created jobs thanks in large measure to the ITC, it is solar energy’s contribution toward solving our global climate disruption crisis and enhance domestic energy security and resiliency (PDF) that makes it especially attractive to veterans.

We talked to veterans working at all levels of the solar industry and here’s what they told us:


Global Weather


Need to check the weather before heading out the door? Global News has launched a new SkyTracker app that makes planning your day easier. With a fresh new look, the completely redesigned SkyTracker app allows you to check weather in your location and around the world. And, if you’re planning a trip or checking on relatives and friends, you can add cities from around the world, too. And, if you’re planning a trip or checking on relatives and friends, you can add cities from around the world, too.



Green Collar Vets

Our goal is to ensure that those men and women, who have served our country with distinction, and who are now interested in civilian careers that focus on clean and healthy air, food, energy, and water for all generations to come, have a cutting edge training program to prepare them for employment in the green industry and a  guiding hand to find more than just a job, but a sustainable career.

The end result will provide a competent, professional workforce for the installation, operation, maintenance and management of green products and services across the country and the globe.

Green Collar Vets is a nationwide organization that promotes operations at a grass roots level. We believe in the power of local communities to support their own veterans’ needs and opportunities, as well as their local emerging Green industries.

Currently our mission is to educate and inform Veterans, Supporters and Employers by providing the most content-rich, up to date and interactive website of its kind on the internet.


God’s Green Earth


Always Faithful

A National Tribute to the Dogs of World War II

Farm News

FARMER VETERAN COALITION: Mobilizing Veterans to Feed America

We cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. We aspire to lead the national effort connecting veterans to agriculture.We believe that veterans possess the unique skills and character needed to strengthen rural communities and create sustainable food systems for all.We believe that food production offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits.


Steward Alerts

St. Michael’s Soldiers

Every day, brave men and women of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard deploy to forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places around the world. They leave family, friends, and simple creature comforts that we take for granted. St. Michael’s Soldier’s is a faith-based, not for profit ministry that provides a “little bit of home” to the deployed men and women of the US military. We do this through “Home Sweet Home” boxes, filled with basic, personal items that are used everyday, but may not be readily available to those who have volunteered to protect our freedom; items like tooth brushes and tooth paste, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, t-shirt, socks, blankets, food items, and prayer.These men and women dedicate their lives for the freedoms that too many take for granted. Won’t you help make it a little more comfortable for them?


Steward Activities

SUPPORT the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA

The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children.


A Song Before the Lord

God of Our Fathers

Environmental – The Human Factor


This is the Vet’s directory of national jobs available. Find jobs, post resumes, job fairs and more.




Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families, through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Christmas Tree growers have been providing free trees for military families for years. In 2005, FedEx contacted the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable branch of the National Christmas Tree Association, and wanted to be involved in the foundation’s mission. Together the two organizations expanded the idea of providing Christmas Trees to military families, and Trees for Troops was born. READ MORE…

Wellness & Nutrition

VETS ADOPT PETS for better mental health

A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people. Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Vets Adopt Pets has researched many service dog providers and believe the following are true to their word about providing you with a qualified service dog. We have contacted them by email and or phone, have made referrals to some that were specific to peoples needs.




Sirius – in the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog – is the sky’s brightest star. It’s very easy to spot on winter and spring evenings. Whenever you see Sirius, you’ll recognize it easily because it is our sky’s brightest star. Although white to blue white in color, Sirius might be called a rainbow star, as it often flickers with many colors.


Always Remember

If I Die Before You Wake

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