November 2, 2016

Celebrating 7 Years Online

Our website will update again on November 9, 2016

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

~Pope Francis~

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven

Did You Know?

That Eye Contact With Your Puppy Strengthens Your Bond?

Oh, those puppy eyes. Just by gazing at their owners, dogs can trigger a response in their masters’ brains that helps them bond, a study says. And owners can do a similar trick in return, researchers found.


Good News

Hooch is HERO DOG of the Year

A French mastiff named Hooch, rescued by Zach Skow in Tehachapi, California, is the 2016 American Humane organization’s Hero Dog of the Year, bestowed in a Beverly Hills ceremony taped in September for broadcast at 8 p.m. EDT Friday on the Hallmark Channel.

Hooch, among eight canine finalists, wore his best tuxedo collar, though he was reluctant to join Skow on stage. Hooch was nominated for surviving — and he was No. 1.

Zach received a call one day from a local animal control officer about an ailing French mastiff who was emaciated, had a broken tail and had recently had his ears badly cropped. The dog refused to eat, instead batting his bowls around wildly. Hethought something was wrong with Hooch’s jaw. When the dog was checked by a veterinarian, they discovered that his tongue had been maliciously cut off at the base, possibly to stop excessive barking or use him as “bait” to train fighting dogs.


In the News

United Kingdom’s Cat Named Longest In World

Ludo, a Maine Coon who lives with his owner Kelsey Gill in Wakefield, UK, is the Longest domestic cat (living), measuring an astonishing 3 feet 10.6 inches long.

Kelsey decided to get a Maine Coon after falling in love with the huge tabby-coloured cats that featured in the Harry Potter movies.

She got Ludo when he was just 13 weeks old – and it wasn’t long before she noticed he was the same size as Maine Coon’s much older than he was.


Picture of the Week

74-96 million cats are owned in the United States and approximately 30-37% of American households have a cat.

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

St. Michael the Archangel

~by Susi Pittman

Who is like God? It was the utterance of these words that granted unto a heavenly Angel God’s amazing support and power!


Catholic Journeyman


~by Louis Templeman

Prayer and writing can go together like peas and carrots for a great spiritual reward.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Banyan, Realm of Celtic Fantasy

~by Virginia Anson Rhys, OFS

Virginia gets her Irish on and presents a lyrical journey into one of natures most magical trees.


Weekly Commentary

Calling Catholicism A Middle Ages Dictatorship is Laughably Ignorant

~by John Zmirak

It is clear that prominent left-wingers and Democratic operatives think about the Catholic Church quite a lot—and they have some potent opinions on the subject. Last year we learned that George Soros dropped $600,000 on leftist Catholic front groups, trying to spin Pope Francis’ visit as a campaign tour for Hillary.

Last week it emerged that Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, agrees that Catholic terms of art such as “Thomistic thought” and “subsidiarity” are merely sophistical smoke screens for rich conservatives such as Rupert Murdoch, who are in search of a faith with “severely backward gender relations,” but too snobbish to join an evangelical church.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Michael J. Rayes

Michael J. Rayes is a lifelong Catholic. Today he is a counselor, educator, author, and a regular columnist on Catholic marriage and family life.

Michael has taught in multiple school settings including district, charter, and parochial. He has also worked for some of the largest behavioral-health agencies in Arizona. Michael earned a B.A. in Education (‘97), an M.B.A (‘07), and a Master’s in Professional Counseling (‘12), with a marriage and family concentration. He and his wife have 21 years of experience homeschooling their children.

Today, Michael is a catechism director and teacher as well as a full-time licensed counselor working under an agency setting. He has penned dozens of articles in various Catholic publications. Michael brings his many years of experience applying psychology and Church teaching to the challenges of today’s Catholic families.


A Recommended Read

Papal Bull Heist

(Volume 2 in the Spencer Family Mystery Series.)

Tom Spencer and Rick Kline are in the middle of things again. Can they move fast enough to catch a thief? Will they end up getting caught? The boys need all their wits, prayers, and Father Spencer’s guidance as they barely stay one step ahead of danger. Don’t miss the excitement in the Spencer family’s latest adventure!


Quote of the Week

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt~

Discovering Catholic Saints

St. Charles Borromeo

Geology & Archaeology

The Monks of Norcia Lose Cathedral To Earthquake

Assist the Monks in their recovery efforts HERE

A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck close to Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, destroying both the basilica of St. Benedict and the co-cathedral in the town.

The quake was so strong it also caused cracks and other minor damage to the basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome, about 120 miles away.

All the monks of Norcia are reported to be safe and so far there are no reports of casualties, although there are injuries.



EXXON’s own research confirmed fossil fuel’s role in global warming decades ago

At a meeting in Exxon Corporation’s headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world’s use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

“In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels,” Black told Exxon’s Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.


Global Weather

A Satellite Eye-View of Weather Across the Globe

NASA and the European Space Agency have captured magnificent pictures of recent climate events including an ice avalanche in Tibet, fires in Siberia, algae bloom in the Barents Sea and more. This is a pictorial that looks at the effects of radical weather at large.



China’s South to North Water Transfer Project

It has been two years since Beijing began to receive water channelled by the South-to-North Water Diversion (SNWD) project. Its success is already in question. Reservoir and canal construction costs have reportedly reached US$80 billion, and more than 300,000 people have been displaced1. Pollution and environmental fallout, as well as high maintenance costs and water prices, make the project unsustainable both ecologically and socially. And the transfer of water does not address the underlying causes of water shortages in the north, namely pollution and inefficient agricultural, industrial and urban use.



Trees in Cities Can Cut Air Pollution

Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.

A study by US-based The Nature Conservancy (TNC) reported than the average reduction of particulate matter near a tree was between 7% and 24%.

Particulate matter (PM) is microscopic particles that become trapped in the lungs of people breathing polluted air.

PM pollution could claim an estimated 6.2 million lives each year by 2050, the study suggests.

Lead author Rob McDonald said that city trees were already providing a lot of benefits to people living in urban areas.


God’s Green Earth

When the saints go marching in

Farm News

Working on the farm/ranch helps shape children–by Erin Slivka

When I was growing up, work was a foreign concept to me. It wasn’t because I wasn’t working; in fact, it was just the opposite. Work was so ingrained with life that I didn’t realize the two were separate entities.


Steward Alerts

The First Catholic Tablet

Biblezon makes it easy for you to learn, live & Practice your catholic faith daily! Whether you want to read the bible, daily scriptures, pray rosary, study the catechism or simply learn more about your catholic faith, you want to have biblezon on your side. Most of all, you ll love the ability to learn, live and organize your catholic faith in one place. Without any distractions.


Steward Activities

Praying With Children

My deepest desire for my children is a personal, meaningful relationship with Jesus, and that they find their home in the heart of His Church.

Beyond that? I really don’t care. Be a garbage collector, be a librarian, be an attorney or a brewmaster stay-at-home dad. The primary goal for me, as a parent, is to point them towards heaven with a good, firm, push.


A Song Before The Lord

One Bread One Body


16 of the most beautiful autumn gardens to visit in fall

So many of us think of fall as the end to the visual glory that is the summer season, mourning the end of colorful blooms and lush greenery as we accept a basket of mums as a consolation prize. That’s just not true at these stunning gardens, where creative landscaping, beautiful plants, and, yes, pumpkins create impressive scenery against a backdrop of autumn foliage.


Wellness & Nutrition

Common table food that is poison for your pet

Your home can hold a lot of unrecognized dangers for your pet. Many common food items or household products can sicken or even kill animals. However, a few simple precautions can help keep your pet safe. Pets are not “mini people.” Animals react to substances in food and medicines completely differently than people do, so just because something doesn’t make a person sick doesn’t mean it is okay for a pet.



World’s Biggest Telescope Project

The $1.4bn project will enable experts to study the early Universe and peer into the atmospheres of exoplanets.

It is one of a raft of big observatories – along with the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) and space-based James Webb telescope – intended to serve astronomy into the 2020s and beyond.

“The TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Governors has explored a number of alternative sites for TMT. Every site we considered would enable TMT’s core science programmes.



In a world in need of heroes….

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