Saturday, July 5, 2014

Catholic Culture: Country Parish

A great joy to worship in little countryside parishes.

So peaceful and special to pray here.   

This is Sts. Joachim and Ann, located in Aldergrove, Canada.

This creed was written on a small funeral card found in the back of church:

A Farmer's Creed

I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity and that no call bestows this more abundantly than farming.
I belive hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character.
I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on earth.
I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy.
I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.
I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, grown and maturity in such a variety of ways.
I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free; the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.
I believe that true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.
I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.
I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellowman and by this standard I fear no judgment.  I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he's lived.
I believe in farming because it makes all this possible. 

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