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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The Value of Community: Learning for the Greater Good

[Editor’s Note: The following article is from the Catholic Rural Life Magazine, Fall 2019 issue. To read the full pdf…

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The Meaning of Advent (Part 2)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two part blog story. Click here to read Part 1.] Vivian came…

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The Meaning of Advent (Part 1)

[Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a two part blog story. Read Part 2 here.] The seasons of our…

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A Very Extraordinary Day

As I sit trying to come up with the right words for this column I have written and deleted and…

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Our Yard Farm

I fancy myself a country boy – from a small Arizona town where I grew up surrounded by (very small…

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Rural Culture and the Church – Interview

The following is an excerpt from an interview by Matthew Maloney from Know the Faith podcast and Max Becher, a CRL…

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Expired Farm Bill – Impacts and Advocacy

On October 1, 2018 the current 2014 Farm Bill expired after passing the September 30, 2018 deadline with no new…

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Encouraging Vocations in Rural Families

When I spoke to friends and family about addressing this topic, so many of them said, “Really? Aren’t vocations-related challenges…

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Farm Bill Update

The Senate passed the Agriculture Improvement Act (2018 Farm Bill) on a strong bipartisan vote, 86-11, prior to the Fourth…

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