Two Catholic Institutions Sustain Major Damage in Weekend Storms

Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, Maryland) and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio) both sustained major damage this weekend:  One from a fire, the other from a tornado. *     *     *     * At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, a Friday evening lightning strike ignited a fire which damaged the historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  A student reported the lightning strike and subsequent fire, which was largely confined to the chapel’s bell tower.The Chapel of the Imm … [Read more...]

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Peek-a-Boo! God and The Bornean Rainbow Toad

Wrap your mind around this (can you see it?).  It's a Bornean Rainbow Toad.God, in His infinite wisdom and creativity, designed a panoply of creatures so diverse, so fantastic, so colorful, so… well, so HUNGRY.And because no one—not even a lowly amphibian—likes to be someone else’s lunch, God thought up a bunch of cool ways to hide. It’s called “cryptic camouflage” and it allows a toad or a moth or a caterpillar to blend into the environment so well that a hawk or a sand crane is unlike … [Read more...]

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The Axolotl. Another Example of God’s Wonderful Creation.

Now I ask you, Isn’t this little guy charming?This is an axolotl—a salamander originating from Mexico’s Lake Xochimilco.  Closely related to the tiger salamander, the axolotl is neotenic; that is, even as a mature animal it retains characteristics of youth.  In the case of the axolotl, neotony means it doesn’t undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled.How did I first hear about this winsome and nearly extinct species?  Well, our pastor has two of them as pets.  He’s n … [Read more...]

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