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On Motherhood (by Mary Ford)

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Posts | 4 comments

On Motherhood (by Mary Ford)

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to thy word,” Mary humbly proclaims to the Archangel Gabriel at the moment of the Annunciation. And so great was her humility, her love, her acceptance of the divine will of God that she became the Mother of God at that moment. What fruit her motherhood bore – and is bearing – for the world! Because of Mary’s “Fiat”, her humble “yes” to God, humanity was saved. The faithful are allowed to enter into Heaven because of her willing motherhood. Reflecting on this now, I’m...

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On Fatherhood

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Posts | 9 comments

On Fatherhood

“To obtain the help of Providence it should be your aim to cooperate, as it were, with the Fatherhood of God and bring up your children as He would wish them brought up, especially by showing good example. Have the courage to lay aside all other ambition and let this be the only object of your care and desire.”  Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence – Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint Coure S.J. What does it mean to be a father? For nearly ten years I have been pondering on this question in the context of my marriage. How can I be...

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How Ought One to Live

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Posts | 10 comments

How Ought One to Live

“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. To avoid the first danger, one should plant a garden, preferably where there is no grocer to confuse the issue. To avoid the second, he should lay a split of good oak on the andirons, preferably where there is no furnace, and let it warm his shins while a February blizzard tosses the trees outside.” - A Sand Country Almanac: By Aldo Leopold What does it mean to...

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Don’t Ever Give Up

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Posts | 10 comments

Don’t Ever Give Up

As a high school athlete I was prone to posting inspirational quotes on my locker and in our locker room. One post that I had up that I looked at often was from the famed college basketball coach Jim Valvano, also known as Jimmy V. It was very simple: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” It was particularly inspirational because it was said by a dying man. I think at some point in this journey back to the land I forgot about that indomitable spirit that once turned a gangly gawky boy into a national qualifying track...

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Worth it All

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Posts | 13 comments

Worth it All

I am very blessed to be from a family of seven. My parents worked tirelessly to provide for us, and to give us many of the things they couldn’t afford growing up. That work ethic has led to my siblings going on to become successful in many different professions. We have a doctor, a lawyer, a carpenter, and an architect. I am always proud to tell others about my family. Then I come to myself…I’m a father. During the last few months I have taken a lot of time to reflect on life, and all of the good things I have. My last post...

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Thank You

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Posts | 3 comments

Thank You

I’m afraid I will never be able to respond to everyone who responded to my last post. I have been a bit overwhelmed by the number of emails and other contacts I have received. So, I wanted to say thank you to all of you. Your kindness, recommendations, and words have given me much to think about. We love this life that we set out to live. I will never regret my foray into farming. Despite the many hardships, I have a tremendous number of happy memories as well. For now, we will stay put and wait for a baby to come in a month or so....

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At What Cost?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Posts | 26 comments

At What Cost?

It’s time for one of those posts where I’m squirmingly honest again. Sometimes you need to put these up to keep everything in perspective. I write this now as I stand at a crossroads again in my life. I stand wondering whether this whole venture into rural life has been worth it. What have I gained? What have I lost? Am I a better man or worse man for having spent five years in close connection to the raw earth. So many questions, so few answers. Where do I go from here? For a while (more than a year now) our family has been...

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A Reflection on Death, Detachment, and Farming (by Mary Ford)

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Posts | 1 comment

A Reflection on Death, Detachment, and Farming (by Mary Ford)

November is the month that the Church traditionally preaches on and remembers the souls of the dead. Along with that is a constant reminder in Scripture to prepare ourselves for our own final days. This might seem a rather morbid focus, but in reality, it is a time to be sincerely thankful: Christ has conquered death, and our way to Paradise with Him is open! St. Francis of Assisi, one of my favorite saints, went so far as to dub the end of our earthly life as “Sister Death”. He saw death as a welcome friend, because it was the last door to...

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The Hand on the Plow

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Posts | 20 comments

The Hand on the Plow

I get the feeling that our entire civilization teeters on the edge of a knife. We have created an immense edifice of artificiality that bombards us from every side. REAL HUMAN INTERACTIONS are steadily being replaced by a virtual world. The interactions we do have on a human level are becoming more and more violent and immoral. Where do we go from here? There has been a lot written lately about the Benedict Option. I have written in the past that I feel very strongly that this is a legitimate possibility for the future, albeit not the only...

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A New Home

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Posts | 4 comments

A New Home

Sometimes farming is dirty… That is a truth you should know before you set out on this journey back to the land. Sometimes you go out to the chicken coop and find the door shut. Inside the coop there are 18 chickens and outside…there are 85…in the dark…in the mud. So that’s how my night went. I had planned to simply go out and shut the door and collect the eggs. Instead I did an army-style belly crawl through the mud underneath our mobile chicken coop grabbing hens. There were twenty hens on the deck of the coop...

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