September 14, 2016: Home Page

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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~

Did You Hear?

THAT…a veterinarian saved a Goldfish from choking to death?

Conquer the 1-year-old goldfish survived a close call thanks to a very caring owner. Last week, the fish accidentally ate a pebble from his tank, and it got stuck in his tiny mouth. His owner, Emma Marsh, rushed Conquer to an exotic vet near her home in Brisbane, Australia. “Conquer was making excessive mouth movements trying to dislodge it,” said Marsh, 21. “If we did nothing, he would have starved to death.


Good News

American Humane 2016 HERO DOG Named

A 3-year-old French Mastiff who was rescued after being terribly abused and injured was honored this weekend as 2016’s American Hero Dog for his work with abused and special needs children.  Hooch beat 173 other dogs who were nominated for the award.

Hooch was saved from a California shelter by Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. He was starving, dehydrated and wouldn’t eat.


In the News

Iowa Firefighters Revive Cat Rescued From House Fire

Firefighters from Ames, Iowa, worked for more than 30 minutes to revive a cat who was found in thick black smoke in the basement of a burning house. The firefighters had to run back into the blaze twice to find Cleo. She appeared lifeless as her rescuers rushed to used a special oxygen mask for pets to help her breathe. “As time went on, (Cleo) started to slowly come to, started meowing, started to breathe on its own (and) started to move around on its own,” Ames Fire Department Lt. Jordan Damhof said. “So all positive indications that things were working well.” Cleo was taken to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where veterinarians were hopeful that she’d be well enough to go home after a few days.


Picture of the Week

The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth, stretching 1,312 feet below sea level. The highly salted lake borders Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

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


~by Susi Pittman

I can’t tell you how many times raking leaves has been a cumbersome chore, one that for certain was tolerated more because the air was finally cool. But, not this year. This year the leaves in the yard had a message.


Catholic Journeyman

Weeping May Endure for a Night

~by Louis Templeman

Faced with continuous health issues as he deals with his Parkinson’s, Lou falls into a dark night of the soul…and then there is light!


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Create A Pond

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

A back yard pond can be an oasis for the eye and the soul…for you…for wildlife. Take a quick and easy road to your perfect pond feature!


Weekly Commentary

In the Right Place at the Right Time – by Shaun McAfee

I heard the phrase on my first full day of basic training when I was 19: “If you’re early, you’re on time and if you’re on time, you’re late.”

My drill sergeant was scolding us for not being to formation on time. We were all confused: he told us the previous night to be downstairs, lined up, ready to get haircuts at 0600. We were in our places at 0600. Did punctuality have no meaning in the Army?

I got to thinking, “What if I applied this to my life with Christ?” I’m not just talking about going to Mass on time, or perhaps early to get in a few prayers, or to confession early in order to examine my conscience better. No, I’m thinking of the difference between lifelong followers of Christ, and those who are like the thief on the cross.


Catholic Writers

Thomas J Craughwell

THOMAS J. CRAUGHWELL is the author of St. Peter’s Bones, Saints Behaving Badly, This Saint Will Change Your Life, and Pope Francis: The Pope from teh End of the Earth. Every month he writes a column on patron saints for Catholic diocesan newpapers. He has also written about saints for the Wall Street Journal, St. Anthony Messenger, and Catholic Digest and has discussed saints on CNN and EWTN. His book Stealing Lincoln’s Body was made into a two-hour documentary on the History Channel.


Recommended Read

St. Peter’s Bones – by Thomas J Craughwell

In this fascinating account of the search for the remains of the world’s first pope, none other than Peter, the chief apostle of Jesus, Thomas J. Craughwell takes us on one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the twentieth century.
In 1448 a team of architects and engineers brought Pope Nicholas V unhappy news: the 1,100-year-old Basilica of St. Peter suffered from so many structural defects that it was beyond repair. The only solution was to pull down the old church–one of the most venerable churches in all of Christiandom–and erect a new basilica on the site. Incredibly, one of the tombs the builders paved over was the resting place of St. Peter.
Then in 1939, while reconstructing the grottoes below St. Peter’s Basilica, a workman’s shovel struck not dirt or rock but open air. After inspecting what could be seen through the hole they’d made in the mausoleum’s roof, Pope Pius XII secretly authorized a full-scale excavation. What lay beneath? The answer and the adventure await. In this riveting history, facts, traditions, and faith collide to reveal the investigation, betrayals, and mystery behind St. Peter’s burial place.


Quote of the Week

Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: ‘St.’ It’s a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a lifetime, and you don’t get your diploma until you’re dead.

~Mother Angelica~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Geology & Archaeology

170-year-old HMS Terror found beneath the Arctic Sea

The second of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a storied expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage has been found.

The Arctic Research Foundation said Monday that the HMS Terror has been located by a research ship. Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. The wreck of the Erebus was found in 2014.



Global Drought Information System

Drought is an insidious natural hazard with far-reaching impacts that range from economic losses to loss of agriculture and livelihood. Drought can cause or exacerbate water, food, and national security hazards. The GDIS is an international effort to pull together the best non-prescriptive drought information from local providers and provide an “apples to apples” comparison of drought conditions around the world.


Global Weather

Super Typhoon Meranti – 2016’s Strongest Storm

More than half a million homes lost power across Taiwan on Wednesday and five people were injured as Super Typhoon Meranti, which is believed to be the world’s strongest storm this year, hit the island.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau warned that the Category 5 storm threatened several southern and eastern cities, including Kaohsiung and Hualien, with strong winds, torrential rain and flooding.

Meranti, which grew in strength the closer it got to Taiwan, was carrying maximum winds of 227 km per hour (141 mph) as it clipped the south of the island, the weather bureau said.



Sustainable oasis management in China’s cotton-growing region

Ten percent of the world’s cotton is produced in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China. Irrigating the cotton fields, however, is causing ecological problems. After many years of research, a team of international researchers headed by Prof. Markus Disse at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a set of recommendations aimed at preserving the local environment.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Catholic Rural Life

Rural America’s problems are often waved off in comparison to urban needs and urgencies. But challenges in the countryside are ominously similar as some big industrial cities: shrinking population bases, declining incomes, empty storefronts, abandoned school districts, and shattered communities.
Throughout our 90-year history, Catholic Rural Life has served as the voice of the Church in rural America and remains ready to carry a message of hope to those who still strive for a strong and vibrant countryside. Using the language of landscape, community and spirituality, CRL demonstrates that the problems of rural America are the problems of a modern society that only cares to make more money rather than seeks sufficient ways to live.

Steward Alerts

The Marriage Reality Movement

Boldly reintroduce marriage to society as the institution that not only unites a man and woman with each other but with ANY children born from their union (the totality and fullness of marriage).

Seek the recognition by the state of the reality of marriage that creates the only civil institution that unites children with their moms and dads.

Stand with the right of children, as far as possible, to be born into a family with their mothers and fathers united in marriage.

Raise public consciousness of the injustice and human rights violation of conceiving children with the intention of depriving them of knowing and loving their mother, father or both (as in the case of donor conception).


Steward Activities

RARE Footage of Padre Pio Just Hours Before His Death

The final Mass of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, was caught on video. It captures some of the last hours of his life, as he passed away early in the morning the next day. On Sept. 22, 1968, one day after the 50th anniversary of him receiving the visible stigmata, Padre Pio was supposed to celebrate a Solemn Mass for the pilgrims present, but asked his superiors if he could instead celebrate a Low Mass because of his fatigue. However, after seeing the number of pilgrims, Padre Pio decided to celebrate a Solemn Mass.


A Song Before The Lord

Yahweh, I know you are near


United Kingdom Braces For Explosion of Crane Flies

The United Kingdom may soon face an invasion from below: a massive outburst of harmless, long-legged flies that could number in the billions.

Each autumn the U.K. sees an explosion of the European crane fly (Tipula paludosa), a gangly species about half an inch long referred to as a “daddy long-legs.” (In the United States, that nickname most often refers to harvestmen, a type of arachnid.) This year, though, a damp winter has let the flies’ larvae thrive in the soil, setting up a major outburst, and warm September weather stands to let the flies spread farther north than ever before.



Now is the time to prepare for indoor winter gardening

One of the highlights of our Superbowl Sunday — we won’t let on who we were rooting for — had to do with gardening. Our friend, the gourmet gardener, had invited us over for the game. The feast, as it often is at his home, was the best part of the day. But before kickoff, he showed us something he was extremely proud of: a crop of baby greens growing under fluorescent lights hung from the cupboards above a kitchen counter. I started thinking freshly picked salad.


Wellness & Nutrition

Germs in the School Room

The average American child has six to 10 colds a year. In fact, children’s colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. And every parent knows how easily colds passed to other family members once one child gets sick. What can a parent do? Stopping cold germs where they breed is your best defense.



The Universe Was Made For Us

Physicists who are inclined to believe in God refer to the Cosmos as an “Anthropic Universe” — a universe made specifically, perfectly, for humanity.

This idea was first promulgated in 1973 by Brandon Carter, a physicist at Cambridge University, who referred to it at a conference in Poland honoring Fr. Nicholas Copernicus.

Carter argued that a random assortment of natural laws would have left the universe dead and dark and that life limits the values that the universe’s physical constants can have — in other words, the laws of physics themselves are biased toward life. Our universe is perfectly tailored for life.



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