Memorial of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church

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a shower of rose petals at the Vatican

In an age when we have learned to enshrine our worst traits as that which makes us particular and, God help us, interesting, let us ask Therese to pray that we, too, might learn “the little way.” (Above: a shower of rose petals at the Pantheon.) More from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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TCC Video: Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing | TedTalk

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Marla Spivak Bees pollinate a third of our food supply, but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Dr. Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota professor of entomology and 2010 MacArthur Fellow, encourages people to plant flowering plants (without herbicides or pesticides) in order to help save bees. Planting flowering plants also seems like a great way to honor St. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th. Watch Professor Spivak’s Ted Talk after the jump:

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