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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1961 Country ChristianLiving THE TWO FARMERS Speaking of By Rev. John Geo. Weber “Nick, are you going to take Seeds and Soil save our souls for us. And we as farmers live and work with God. By Rev. Edva'rd W. O’Rourke Many tons of food are spoil— ing in our warehouses CROSSROADS COMMENT THE REV. CLEMENT P. rr'rrr Prepar in cooperation with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, 3801 Gnnd . THE OBSERVER. . .. the Rural Lite Page a. Diocese. of. Rockford Rural Life Director , ,St. Charles Borromeo Perish Hampshire, Ill. To HOard I or ' to V Share? while our surplus food with hungry {implied in the grandeur of hu- people at home and at road. lndefensible Policy .man nature, the productivity of {men at :work and the bounty of decrease‘5% for every ..1%. petitive market " system, prices of oversupply of a given com- modity. So long as we retain seeds and soil to church tomor- row morning to have th e m blessed?" “Well, Ted, I would really like to, however, I just don’t have the time to ,go.” “You mean you can't take the time, Nick?" “Oh, I suppose I could. But I really don‘t see why it’s so im- portant. After all, We haven’t had this blessing of the seeds and soil before. That is some- thing new. isn’t it?” “No. Ted. that is not new. The blessings of the seed and the soil go way back hundreds of years. Our Holy Mother the Church has always shown a great interest in the rural fami- lies and has given us many blessings.” “But why is it so important?” "You astound me. Nick! You know that this blessing is one of the sacramentals of the Church. And the sacramentals, if they are used correctly, will bring us many spiritual and temporal favors from God.” _“Yes, I know but I’m afraid I just won’t have the time.” “Nick, I believe you should think a little of the life of St. Isidore and how he worked.” “Who is St. Isidore?” “You mean you don’t know? St. Isidore is the patron of farm— ers. He lived way back in the 12th century. in Spain and one of the things that St. Isidore used to do was to get up early in the morning and go to the church to pray. Trust in prayer 2; Although curtailing fo‘o leOd} gmd earth’ production might be regretfully ‘PRACFICAL, DIFFICULTIES tolerated as a temporary meas-‘ Even tllb‘ugh We may. accept um, it is indefensible as a'these baSictruths, we incur We are partners with God. If millions of people suller from we use these blessings that'our m?1‘.‘um‘i°“- we “ar Butlmg Holy Mother Church has given:“mum”:g Of acres (ff land. mm the' rural people we becomemur soxl bank while oriental this market system, either sup- ply must be brought into lin e with demand or prices will fall. ,more Godfiomcioug That iq one, farmers eke out an existence on permanent policy in . a hungry‘some. very thorny problems Th?“ is, 'hOWEVeT. another 50- Of the great idiffiémtieq ix; the; one or two acres. Efforts are world, ‘when-‘we begin‘tosharc our lullm‘ If falfmers‘l‘l’el‘e to bar: world today. we are not Godgbeing made to reduce population 3. The Sharing of food w ithabundance. ,gam' COODeFallVeb'. 1“ the m3!“ 'ketplace and demand sales con- tracts from proce‘Ssors, whole- salers, etc., surpluses would have much less effect on pri- ces. We have discussed coopera- tive bargaining in this column recently. vWer'endorse it once Care must .be‘ taken lest-:shar—E ing our surpluses disrup 'th e agricultural economies ol'bth— er nations, Ill-planned “dump— ing"-'of surplusesemi'ght do‘more harmthau good; Let us nbté, however,_ that ,oiir, donations usually supplemént’.rather than mol‘e- ‘_ displace. the commodities .pro- Question Is Complicated vided by the traditional ‘- sup+ , Finally, the question of over- pliers'of'these' people. Most of Population is very complicated- the recipients ioffour' food are WC 'Rdmil that in many under- so poor that they are unable to deVCIOPEd areas POPUlation is buy appfecigble amounts of ya. out of line with the resources can}, produced food‘ now algailalble anld utilized. In Aid to semsu' "rt arwor w ere a1 (men cooper— We urge that durpdonatidns at? With‘mmighty Sgd‘ and one be given in exchange! for work anOther' ovterpo-p‘flanon would , ' ,be muchless likely. The. eVi- on publiC‘proJects pand‘ accomj , .. . . . idence’ used to prove that there panied by technical ,aSSistance -S fiverpopulation, in‘ some na_ and 91¢.tofcllof’ls'wsu-chv an???" tiohs is really proof that we preh-enswe 'md ng-ramL-Wm should share our abundance enable these people-5m bgcome and the meansto' create abun- self supporting. This will re- dance , ‘ sult in a great increase of their JUSTICE AND CHARITY purchases ,at' home and abroad; Both justice and charity re COOPG‘I'MiVC 391110an V‘ quire thatiwe share rather than Regardless I "of our’ -' opinion heard. The- problems ‘ we ar e about thekdu'ty :to share our discussing is similar to the abundanceuthe fact, remains parableof the rich man‘ a nd that large amo-untslol food are Lazarus (Luke 16, 19-31).. Th e stored in, the Ufiited States :and ric'n ’man,‘ who'reiused to share are severely depressing farm his abundance, ended in hell. income. In our extremely coml- May we earn a happier fate. while little is being done to people in underdeveloped area-S share the resources needed by 1‘s commendable; but the Shar- People. The” is "much ‘disord'erlng'oi the, technical‘ahd educan in these situations ltional' means to increase pro— BASIC TRUTHS lduction is much more urgently Borrowing a phrase fromythe needed . Declaration of Independence, Lm'tlhon Saw!“ “We hold these truths -to be 4.» Since each human being is self-evident” precious beyond measure, it is 1. Almighty God cr‘eated 1 h‘elwrong to limit procreationdor earth and made it fruitful for any but. the most SBI‘IOUS the sustenancee- of-the whole Causes- Hence. premature and human race_ Although private unjustifiable. are efforts to con— ownership of property is. in it- tr 01, Population in a world WhXCll sen good and stimulates the de- has done so little to share abun- velopment of the earth’s, reé (1399? and the meansl‘” PTO- sources, it must not become the dUClng abundanfie- excuse for depriving people‘ of ‘De‘ep’ in the soul of every ra- essential. nourishment. Hence, tipnal person lies a realization we are bound in justice to share of these truths because they are Conscious.” “And just how will this bless- iing make me God-conscious?” "It, will make you think of God by the very fact that you are going to Mass. Secondly, by bringing some of the seeds that you will plant, and some of the soil of your field for that bless- ing you are tieing your every day toil and sweat in a con- crete way to God. Don‘t you think that that will make you God-conscious ? ’ “Yes, I guess you’re right “Let's consider the seed! Who can make it grow? Who can let it rain at the proper time? Who can protect it against the hall storms? Certainly we farmers ,have every reason why we should go to Mass and bring , y . some of our seeds and soil to v' have them blessed. Have you ever read that prayer that is‘ V _. ‘ used in the blessing of the ‘ ' V” . ,, I By Dana C. Jennings . v 5011? _ There was a cartoon in a magazine showing the newlyweds ‘ “No’ Ted’ I’m aim"! no", entertaining guests. They sat on boxes in an unadorned room “Wen- I don’t remember anwatching a huge TV. Said the bride, “We got married with just at it' but part Of it is that WeLthe bare essentials.” They could get along with bare floors and 35k GOd that He Should Yendglboxes for chairs as long as they had the biggest TV set on this soil fertile. with prams in-the block. ~ due seasons; that ‘He will fill it with His blessing and take from it infertility and fill the; Crazy Talk p p ‘ p . quélrhefr it said its: imzfthe parish~ lendl‘a load of 330531 3,01‘ Young 0 5 ’0 g8 j‘seed and a little-used_tractor lcualiiglllle wigglng Oglhfds'oii‘Cklld‘l/515tar ted itarmmg tOday because‘and their, second-best ploW?‘ Do ./ Cooperative Bargaining PAGE 3 Urged by NCRLC Cooperative bargaining by farmers in themarketplace is en- dorsed in the latest policy statement. of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. After several months of study and pre- paration, the Executive Committee of the NCRLC adopted a new statement entitled “Cooperative Bargaining for American Agri- culture,” at its recent meeting in Milwaukee. Lick Widely Discussed Farmer’s lack of bargaining poiver is being widely discuss- ed these days. This is due in part to the rapid growth .of the National Farmers Organization which has as its sole purpOSe lthe strengthening of farmers" ibargaining power. Leaders lot ltraditional cooperative market- ling associations and of the Ethree general farm organiza- ltions, Farm Bureau. Farmers Union and National Grange, have made. ‘cautious observa- the marketplace, For many years cooperative bargaining has been carried on, to some degree by milk-producers and tables. ' Questions Equity In its policy statement the NCRLC questions the equity of the present market system in which there is no proportion between the real wealth pro— duced by farmers and the in- come they rcceive. The state- ment refers to the unhappy lot of many American farmers as the “bitter fruits,of extreme competition which exists in agriculture.” Pope PiUS X1 is quoted‘ in this regard: “Free competition. though within cer- tain limits just and productive of good results, cannot- be the ruling principle of the' eco- nomic world.” Highlights The Conference preposes co- operative bargaining as a basic solution of the economic ills of farmers. The following are some highlights of‘ the NCLRC state- ment: ' "The growers of livestock, and each of the other commodi- ties should bargain for sales contracts with p r o c c s so r s, wholesalers, etc. Today most farmers go alone to‘ the market and accept the prices being of- fered. Weurge farmers to with— hold their produce-until those \Vl’lQ‘lVlSh to buy are willing to tions concerning bargaining in. growers of fruits , and vege-. cereal grains, fruit, vegetables, bargain with them in good faith. Prices should be determined. not‘by the supply which hap- pens to reach the market at I given time, but by a contract established by the farmers’ 90- operative organization with the processors, wholesalers etc.” Not “Organizer” ,“It is not within the realm of NCRLC activities to organize cooperative bargaining groups. We are striving to contribute to this undertaking on a more basic level- By educational means. we are trying to foster among our. people a mentality more conductive to c00perative bargaining and more in keeping with Christian ideals." “We call upon all farm or- ganizations as well as other in- terested agencies and individ- uals in and out of government to recognize in these proposals 3 set of principles and a plan of action upon which all can unite to the benefit of the farm family and the nation." Bring Christian Ideals The October issue of CATHO- LIC RURAL LIFE was devoted entirely to th e cooperative movement. The. Conference’s 1960 policy statement proposed the “Developing of Rural In- dustry,”.which presupposes .' spirit of coOperation in rural communities, This new. state- ment on cooperative bargain- ing is another phase of. the NCRLC’s efforts to bring Chris- tian ideals to bear upon the ur- gent everyday problems of rural people. ’ Grant to Agency NEW (YORK e (NC) .— The R o ck e le ller Foundation an- nounced here it has made a $10,000 grant to Catholic Relief Services—~National C a t h. o l ic Welfare Conference to help the r elief organization of U. S. Catholics to meet the expense of its program of caring forVCu- ban refugees in this country. lyouneed $100,000 for land, cat- you hav‘eivto‘. have inschmme. _. Easter Seal Open; House Mother the Church 1‘“ ,g’Venitle. and machinery.'VVe11;"hale-'S plated furnituregand'wall'tdl'wall ' us these blessings." bales, 16mm, talk crazymlh__Cametsto.gétvhpvhwflkéemfl . ROCKFORD, —. Parents of plished by both children and “I’m beginning to. see the Sure - YOU' can filld 10lS7bf'rYou carried wood to the 'stbve children who are being treatedladults. Visitors will see "walk- pomt' These I‘m”.mm“‘e“‘a“yfarmers Who have been‘m busiflwhen you were a ,kid .—,- it won’t at :the Easter: “Seal center will ing examples" of~ h‘ow crippling are great’ and] flunk yell Should‘ness 303 40 Neal‘s Who have thétikill you to lug a 5 gallon oil can be hosts at in open house Sun- handicaps can be overcome. hare been a'Pl‘CECher- much tied up. -- But you d01_'1,t,to' the“’spac:'e " heater" novV“ that day, March 5, from 2m 5 pm. Refreshments will be served, _ .Oh’ g0. °.n‘ 5},“ you at Mass have to start Wt 50 all‘med b‘g'iyou're a man. The public-is invited to drop in and there will be no charge. 1“ the mommg‘ “Used,” “Rented”. 0.K. Family Pickup Service and see the special facilities Everyone is invited to visit the v Ever hear of a used tractor? Our first family car Was a providedat the center. center which has treated over Serra Panel They’re’cheap and they run pret— pickup truck. More than once, .‘Tr'ained therapists will darn-limo patients in the past six ty well. Ever hear of rented when visiting friends and they onstrate the work being accom- years. ROCKFORD—The Serra Club land? (True, hard to get in some mentioned they, were throwing ‘ i 01‘ ROCkiOI‘d Will Present 1" communities, but it wouldn't be’away some old chairs or an old 98nd program at the meeting if the big farmers were contentlbed, we’d brighten up and say. of St. Patrick Altar and Rosary with enough instead of trying to, “Well, we just happened to drive society f0110Wlng W e d n e Sday be bigger than all outdoors). the truck today. We’ll haul it evening SEN/ices in the ChUI‘Ch» Have you a father or an uncle away for you—free.,” That's how, ——-——-— or a good friend who would lenrllwe furnished our honeymoon: lyou a springing heifer and som‘emcst. And yOu know what? our. . piggy sows? Couldn’t some oflbabies never minded in the least.; . AURORA . . . , WATSON Music. Hons: 1 Division of Lyon‘and Meaty was one of the most distinguish- ing traits in his life. I think we could profit from that our-l selves.” 5“Ted, that was all right in se days. They didn’t have to rk like. we do.” ‘ “No, Nick, I’m afraid that too many of us think that we have to do everything ourselves and we don’t have enough trust in the providence of God." "And just what do you mean by that?” “Let’s look at it this way. By taking seeds and soil in to have them blessed we show that we are dependent upon God: that we think of God. Our action tells God we must rely upon His blessing to give us Success. Since you mentioned that you do not have time. don't you think that God could do more for our crop in a single moment than you can do in a whole day? St. Isidore spent a lot of time at Mass and prayer. 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