The harvest

new-harvest1With the beginning of school and the observance of Labor Day, we know it will soon be fall. On the farm the next few months are the months of harvest, although for many this year the harvest will be greatly diminished. On Labor Day we all ask God’s blessing upon our endeavors, and on Thanksgiving Day we thank him for the fruits of our labor. “Prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:17)

In our diocese we observe the fourth Wednesday of September (September 26) as Rural Life Day. This year’s diocesan celebration will be at Holy Cross Parish in Cornell, beginning with Mass at 10:00 AM. We thank God for the fruitfulness of the fields, and remember that we are still dependent upon the earth and labor for our sustenance.

Fortunately we are still close enough to agriculture to know the importance of stewardship of resources and hard work for producing food, and this year’s extreme heat and drought remind us that we must work with the forces of nature. For many in larger cities, the supermarket is only the source of food they know. And for too many people in the world, hunger is a daily reality. Let us not take life for granted, but be grateful for the resources with which God has blessed us.

This year our country will hold an election in which many important issues will be debated. As Catholic patriots we need to know where the candidates stand on these issues and vote conscientiously. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke eloquently on the subject of Catholic patriotism at the recent Supreme Convention. You can access his remarks in the Columbia magazine and the web site. Read and reflect!

May God bless you and your families.
Fr. Michael Gorman, Chaplain