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CVA Blog
Monday, June 22, 2009

Are We Honoring our Bodies,
Temples of the Holy Spirit?

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. New Case of Mad Cow Disease
2. Famous Quote – Martin Luther King, Jr.
3. Pat Neshek on Veganism
4. Bible verse – Psalm 46:10
5. The Price We Pay for Cheap Meat
6. This Week’s Video: John Robbins, author of “Diet for A New America”


1. New Case of Mad Cow Disease

The latest victim of 'mad cow' disease, a variant to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), seems to be a 22 year old man from Bilsthorpe, UK. ‘Mad cow' disease is thought to have been introduced to humans through infected meat and most cases have been reported in the UK.

To read the full article please search online for 'Mad cow' disease kills 22-year-old Bilsthorpe man


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


3. Pat Neshek on Veganism

The Twins' relief pitcher, Pat Neshek, shares why he gave up meat and dairy, which in turn helped him feel better, physically and mentally. Neshek transitioned to a vegan diet with the support and encouragement of his wife after reading "The China Study".

To read the full article please search online for Pat Neshek: Willing to take the heat for his vegan diet


4. Bible Verse

(RSV) Psalm 46:10
"Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!"

Lets take a break from our hectic lives and be still to feel the joyfulness of all Creation praising God.


5. The Price We Pay for Cheap Meat

This article explores the main reason why scientists believe the swine flu arose: our desire for cheap meat, or in other words factory farming. The author, Johann Hari, correctly explains: "Instead of having just 20 pigs to experiment and evolve in, the virus now has a pool of thousands, constantly infecting and re-infecting each other. The virus can combine and recombine again and again. The ammonium from the waste they live above burns the pigs' respiratory tracts, making it easier yet for viruses to enter them. Better still, the pigs' immune systems are in free-fall. They are stressed, depressed, and permanently in panic, making them far easier to infect. There is no fresh air or sunlight to bolster their natural powers of resistance. They live in air thick with viral loads, and they are exposed every time they breathe in."

To read the full article please search online for Johann Hari: Life-threatening disease is the price we pay for cheap meat

How sad it is that we create so much misery throughout all Creation with our lack of compassion for God's animals. Nothing good can come from exploiting farmed animals while failing at our sacred role of stewards of God's Creation. Maybe, the swine flu is one more wake-up call for humanity to have a change of heart and start honoring all of God's Creation.


6. This Week’s Video

John Robbins, author of “Diet for a New America” among other books, shares why he became vegetarian and walked away from the Baskin Robbins ice-cream empire.

Please visit http://www.vegsource.com/articles2/media_robbins2.htm .

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