Ash Wednesday

Today we recognize the beginning of the Lenten season together with the entire Church throughout the world. The Church reminds…

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Septuagesima and the Berger Family Tradition 

At one time it was customary to announce the date of Easter on the feast of Epiphany.  “As we have…

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Checking Expectations Part III

  Expectations urge us forward or hold us back; they hold weight or perhaps place it heavier on our shoulders…

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Prayer in Advent

Advent is a time of watching and waiting. We watch, wait and pray for the coming of the Christ Child…

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Agriculturist Turned Pastoral Scholar Part I

While I love listening to stories, I have just never developed the knack for telling them. The stories I told…

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Celebrating Rural Life Across the Country

During the same week in September, Catholic Rural Life took part in two different Rural Life Celebrations. I attended a…

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FAQ: Does the Church Care About Animals? Part I

Animal welfare, whether in an agricultural context or domestic, can be a polarizing issue, and we want to treat this…

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Unpacking the Convocation: Unity Amidst Diversity

The purpose of the USCCB’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders this year, was to reflect on Pope Francis’ challenging letter, Evangelii…

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