The New Evangelization

New Evangel

I think this set of pictures, which I found online, has a very important message for anyone interested in the New Evangelization. The first was taken at the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005; the second was taken at the election of Pope Francis in March of 2013.

The New Evangelization, which calls all of us to a deeper faith, to a deeper commitment to the Gospel message, and to go forth and proclaim the Good News to all people. “In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel ‘to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.’ The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.” [USCCB website]

That so many people make such heavy use of smartphones and tablets is a fact that has received its share of criticism, and that is not unwarranted. Nevertheless, if you want to meet people, you have to go to where they are… even if where they are is a virtual place. Ready access to electronic communications through personal electronics is the reality we face today; understanding how to leverage those devices to the advantage of the New Evangelization is a task that will to some degree determine the success or failure of the undertaking.

1917 Huh?


Established by Executive Order 2679-A on August 10, 1917, as a result of the the Food and Fuel Control Act.(a.k.a. the Lever Act), the U.S. Food Administration was responsible for managing the US food supply during World War I; chief among its tasks was the stabilization of prices in U.S. markets. The U.S. Food Agency became obsolete after peace was negotiated in Europe; it became the American Relief Administration, responsible for the U.S. relief effort to post-War Europe and post-revolutionary Russia.

The advice offered is still excellent advice for today, although it seems to have had little or no effect in the almost 100 years since given.



“Leaves of three, let it be.”
(Poison Sumac has leaves in clusters of
seven or 13; most plants with leaves
in clusters of three are dangerous.)

Know your poisons! It can save you all sorts of discomfort.

Poison oak has three leaves shaped in lobes that look like oak tree leaves. Poison oak grows in low shrubs in the eastern U.S. On the west coast, poison oak grows as vines.

Poison ivy has three pointed leaves that change colors with the seasons: reddish in the spring; green in the summer; and yellow, orange, or red in the fall. The leaves on some plants have notched edges while on other plants, the edges are smooth. Poison ivy can grow as either a vine or a bush. You may see the vines climbing up the sides of trees. Poison ivy plants sometimes have white berries. Many poison ivy plants look like Virginia Creeper, which has five-leaf clusters instead of thee-leaf clusters.

Poison sumac is most common in the Midwest, though it is found elsewhere. Its favorite habitats are bogs, swamps, and the shores of rivers. The plant itself can be either a shrub or a tree. It has pointy leaves in clusters of seven or 13 and clusters of small, yellow flowers that mature into clusters of glossy yellow or off-white berries..

If exposed to the poison from these plants, you have a short window during which the poison can be washed off with no ill effect. This window varies y individual, but is generally around ten minutes. Soap and water work; there are also special soaps for washing after exposure to poison ivy. (Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap) This product can also be used to clean gear or pets that have been exposed to the toxin from poison ivy; the poisonous oil is very sticky and can remain potent on an object or piece of clothing for up to five years if not washed off.


Square Foot Gardening Plant Density

Square Foot GraphThough not the most current thoughts on microfarming, square-foot gardening techniques can still play a significant role in small-scale fruit and vegetable production for food security and sustainability. This graph, which was spotted on Facebook (although I’m not sure of the original source), nicely illustrates suggested densities for some plants.