October 18, 2017


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All the earth proclaims God’s glory

Did You Know?

A total of 7,980 fires have burned 1,046,995 acres (4,237.04 km2) in the 2017 California Wildfires thus far, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Pray for the people, first responders, and the whole of creation in California!

Please check out this listing of groups you may make donations to.


Good News

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: Odin, the dog who refused to leave his beloved goats

With flames encroaching on their property, a Santa Rosa man and his family had only minutes to evacuate. But they had plenty of animals to get to safety, too, one of which refused to leave others behind.

(A good ending to this story..all are safe and have been attended to by veterinarians. Odin will soon be getting a free shampo and grooming and a juicy steak)


In the News

WINE COUNTRY FIRES: Hundreds of horses saved from fiery deaths

When flames began to close in on veterinarian Claudia Sonder’s homestead and her three horses early last Monday, Tristan Borge was the closest person with a horse trailer. Borge, 20, set out on the road with his mother, and they soon ran into peril.

Since the deadly North Bay fires began the night of Oct. 8, Borge’s harrowing trip was one of many made to bring horses to the evacuation center on the 32-acre property of the Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 200 horses had been brought to the center from areas either burned or threatened by fire. The rescue operation was led and carried out by nearly 300 volunteers, including almost a dozen veterinarians, from the region and elsewhere.


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

Autumn’s Blessings

~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

When Addiction Is the Highest Power?

~by Louis Templeman

Addiction comes in many forms and is aided in just as many ways by well-meaning hearts. It’s a toxic mix


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Caring For Wildlife This Autumn

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The autumn migrations have begun. It’s a great time to coordinate your backyard environment to assist wildlife in preparation for winter.


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 the End of the Earth. Every month he writes a column on patron saints for Catholic diocesan newspapers. 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~

Catholic Saints

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

Geology & Archaeology

Invisible poems hidden for centuries, now visible again?

The library at Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Among its thousands of ancient parchments are at least 160 palimpsests—manuscripts that bear faint scratches and flecks of ink beneath more recent writing. These illegible marks are the only clues to words that were scraped away by the monastery’s monks between the 8th and 12th centuries to reuse the parchments. Some were written in long-lost languages that have almost entirely vanished from the historical record.

But now these erased passages are reemerging from the past. In an unlikely collaboration between an Orthodox wing of the Christian faith and cutting-edge science, a small group of international researchers are using specialized imaging techniques that photograph the parchments with different colors of light from multiple angles.



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

Conspiracy theory blames U.S. HAARP Project for weather extremes

HAARP – which stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program – was set up by the US government in 1993. Officially it was established to “analyse the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance” – but for decades, it’s been regarded in some circles as an experiment in ‘weaponizing weather’.



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.



NEW STUDY: Nature is vital in beating climate change

Nature could cost-effectively deliver over a third of greenhouse gas emissions reductions required to prevent dangerous levels of global warming. This is equivalent to a complete stop to the burning of oil worldwide.

Better stewardship of the land could have a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and stored in forests, farmland, grasslands and wetlands using natural climate solutions.



California blazes are part of a bigger, hotter picture

The speed and ferocity of the wildfires raging through Northern California’s wine country have caught many residents off guard and left state officials scrambling to contain the flames.

But for fire researchers, these devastating blazes are part of a much larger pattern unfolding across the Western United States. So far this year, fires in the U.S. have consumed more than 8.5 million acres — an area bigger than the state of Maryland.


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


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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