Faith, Food & the Environment Updates




January 22, 2015


Our mission is to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America.
 CRL helps rural people shape their futures and lead lives of dignity and piety by providing spiritual, educational and advocacy assistance.




Winter Blessing of Silence and Rest


The start of a new year: a time to renew and get back on track.


But before carrying out our resolve for the year, it serves to remember that rest and silence are also valuable.


Winter’s natural stillness allows a welcomed pause to the frenzied pace of our lives.


The boisterous hum of family life and work is now replaced by quietness, if only for a moment.


In the spirit of this month’s blessing, consider preparing a simple meal for family or friends. Light a candle.


After a moment of silence, offer this prayer:


Loved ones, let us open our hearts.


God of the ages, You call your people to seek You in the quietist of places.


Free us from what detracts and blinds us; let us behold your marvelous Presence.


Renew us by the teachings of your Word so that we may live more abundantly.


When life around us appears dark, make us a harvester of Light.


We ask this through

Christ our Lord. Amen.


[Adapted from our Calendar of Blessings

for January.]




food.jpgSummer Meals for Kids: Engaging Faith Organizations


Learn how your faith-based and neighborhood organizations can be involved in the USDA’s Summer Meals Program. A webinar on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2-3 pm (Eastern) will provide participants with technical guidance and best practices that can make Summer Meals Program a success in your community. 


Summer Meals is an important program that provides food to children from low-income families during the times of year when they aren’t in school to receive reduced-price lunches. Click here to register. (Scroll down to locate “Summer Meals: Engaging Faith Based & Neighborhood Organizations”)

Catholic groups rally around Pope Francis’s climate stance


As we reported in last week’s bulletin, CRL has joined with Catholic environmental groups from around the world to launch a new global network to battle climate change. At the same time, we realize that many Catholics question putting care of the environment high on the Church’s agenda.


The Global Catholic Climate Movement believes that now is a critical time to battle global warming and is approaching the issue from a moral and biblical perspective. Our hope is to “encourage the conversion of hardened hearts.”


As noted in the Movement’s mission statement: “Climate change is about our responsibility as God’s children and people of faith to care for human life, especially future generations, by caring for all of God’s wondrous creation.”


Read more at U.S. Catholic online.


Senate amendment seeks “sense of Congress” on climate change 


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is introducing an amendment that would officially put members of Congress on record with their position on climate change. Sanders amendment will be offered to a bill regarding the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Sanders amendment states: “It is the sense of Congress that Congress is in agreement with the opinion of virtually the entire worldwide scientific community that —

— climate change is real;

— climate change is caused by human activities;

— climate change has already caused devastating problems in the U.S. and around the world;

— a brief window of opportunity exists before the United States and the entire planet suffer irreparable harm; and

— it is imperative that the United States transform its energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”


What’s your take on this? Do you support such an amendment? Let us know!


January is Poverty Awareness Month


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.


PovertyUSA is an initiative of CCHD to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes. From rural communities to inner cities, poverty affects us all across America. Working together, we can make a difference.


Visit Poverty USA for resources, stories and ways you can take action to end poverty in your community. Only in solidarity can we overcome poverty and injustice in our communities.


Faith, Food & the Environment


Catholic Rural Life is facilitating this initiative that will lead to a new understanding of the vocation of agricultural leaders.
Visit the Faith, Food and Environment website to learn more.
Check out the Presentations page for video links.