Thursday, July 28, 2016


Fr. Jacques, ora pro nobis.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Scottish Highland Cattle - in New Zealand

We're starting our herd of Scottish Highland Cattle here in New Zealand. We read up on all the information about them and consulted those who already raise them here. We're excited about this addition to our farm and hope to be able to have a herd of about 30 eventually.

Here's a good shot of one of our first young cows from last summer. We named her Maisie which to us was a good name for a mother. We plan to breed her to increase our herd. God has blessed us!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Trust

The global attitude in these days is one of mistrust in governments, large and small. Let's face it. Governmental track records of selfishness, intrusion into religious beliefs, and the neglect of individual freedoms has everyone concerned.

The UK's voting to leave the European Union is one such outcome and there will be more. The world is forever changing and changed so we cannot trust in men or governments. We have our trust in God who never changes.


1 John 2:15-17 
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any [one loves] the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Down Under and Plain

We're heading into winter here in New Zealand. We've been busy harvesting the garden and storing the food for winter. We've pulled our coats out of storage and checked our boots for repairs.

Our northern hemisphere Plain Catholics are just now seeing their gardens sprout and are going into summer. They've pulled their summer clothing out of storage and cleaned and stored their winter wear.

Somehow we feel connected to our Plain Catholic friends where ever they may live. Our daily lives are much the same - governed by the seasons, the liturgical and the agricultural.

Keeping everyone in prayer as we continue to praise our Lord together in every time zone.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Matthew 28:

He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.


May this beloved and precious day of Resurrection bless you and urge you on in seeking God's Will for your life.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Prayer needed

Please keep in prayer the families and the religious sisters of the Missionaries of Charity who endured martyrdom in Yemen. You can read more here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Power corrupts...

Sir John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton is most famously known for his oft-quoted 
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

A Catholic who was a member of the House of Commons in Great Britain's Parliament, Sir John had a great affection for historic research and the history of liberty in particular. In the USA presidential election year focus we hear and see examples of his quote play out repeatedly. 

In his homily, Msgr. Pope teaches us about the Biblical Warning on the Nature of Centralized Government in I Samuel 8 when the Jews begged for a king to be appointed over them. I highly recommend reading this.

Some fruitful thoughts for this coming election.

“When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” Indeed, we get thousands of lesser laws." GK Chesterton  

Be careful what you wish for... or who you vote for.

Matthew 5:16 So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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