Understanding Farm Stress

As I was reflecting on how the world has changed in the last few months, and the new stresses we…

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

[Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Dr. Cuddeback’s blog “LifeCraft”.] “To husband is to use with care, to keep,…

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What is a Novena?

Novena comes from the Latin word “novem”, meaning nine. A novena is a nine-day period of prayer, private or public,…

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CARES Act Tax Incentive

Many have heard of the CARES (Corona Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, a stimulus program passed in light of…

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Easter Sweet Bread

“One evening, Monsignor Hellriegel was describing the finding of the “Alleluia” egg in his family. The story was becoming more…

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A Prayer for Easter

The following prayer is from the CRL Rural Life Prayer Book, originally published in 1956. You can purchase a copy…

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“The New Evangelization and Celebration of Rogation and Ember Days”

In November 2018, Catholic Rural Life (CRL) celebrated its 95th anniversary. CRL, originally called the National Catholic Rural Life Conference…

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A Prayer for Our Nation and the World

Last week I was traveling in California meeting with several CRL members throughout the San Joaquin Valley. I also visited…

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Faithfulness in the Midst of Great Trials

One of my Lenten practices is to dedicate time to read stories of women and men of great faith from…

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The Desert Reminds Us of the Importance of Rural Life

This week we, the CRL staff, are at a retreat center in Tucson, Arizona for our second Thriving in Rural…

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