The New Federal Budget: Impacts on American Agriculture

After months of negotiations, the House and Senate have finally reached a two-year budget deal to keep the government running….

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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 II

Let’s continue our conversation on expectations. Remember Part 1? #SpaghettiSquash vs. #SteakAndStout? We explored what could happen when we change…

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Checking Expectations: Part I

Our contentment and creativity is centered around—either perceived or unconscious—expectations. Jeff, my husband, is fine with spaghetti squash for dinner…

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Interested in My People: A Reflection on Monsignor Ligutti’s Life and Legacy

During the Advent season, we often take time to recall personal and Universal traditions. CRL has many traditions and a…

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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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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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Summer Silo Series: Bringing Music to the Farm

Growing up, being lazy was never an option. I didn’t sleep in (unless I was deathly ill), always made my…

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FAQ: Do Dioceses Still Celebrate Rural Life?

The simple answer is, yes! In fact, several dioceses and many parishes hold rural life celebrations on an annual basis,…

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Has Rural America Become the New “Inner City”?

An analysis by reporters of the Wall Street Journal shows that since the 1990s, “sparsely populated counties have replaced large…

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