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The Benedict Option: Welcoming the Stranger

Right now, we are witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War II.  Hundreds of thousands of Christian, Yazidi, and Muslim families are fleeing violence in their home countries in the Middle East and Africa.  Thousands have already died at sea, untold others are dying overland.  Fathers are leaving home and family to make their way to a peaceful place where they can find work and a home before sending for their wives and children… and praying that they will still be alive when the time comes. If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other – Bl Teresa of Calcutta We must not be afraid to act.  We must be willing to take a different kind of Benedict Option: to be willing to open our doors to those in need – to families who have risked everything to find peace – to fathers who have left everything they love for a better life for their children.  We can open our churches and shelters, we can offer …

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Workers in the Vineyard

  “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few” Luke 10:2 Part of the mission of our farm is to provide the very best food for the least of our brothers and sisters.  Poor families find it difficult to afford produce and meats, let alone those foods and others that are GMO and chemical free.  Often, they are the ones who need those nutrients most.  Stress and poor nutrition, sometimes also drug and alcohol use, deteriorate health dramatically.  The children of the poor are often sick with diseases that were traditionally associated with the aged.  We know that excellent nutrition is key to health.  Every day we’re learning more and more about how good nutrition can often do more to heal the body than modern medicines.  It can reduce stress, increase cognitive function, and allow a person to reach his full potential. We want to produce enough food to feed up to 100 families through donations to area food pantries and shelters.  The remaining food raised here will sustain our ministry through farmstand and …