Food and Faith: Why Eating is a Moral Act (Spring 2012)
“Eating is a moral act.” We say this simply because food sustains life, and therefore the production of sufficient food for all is essential to our human existence. But the world of agriculture is extremely complex and there are many moral dimensions to it: the treatment of farm workers, feeding a hungry world, responsible stewardship of creation including the animals, and sustaining local family farms and rural communities, just to name a few. And the Church has much to teach us on these ethical issues. In this issue of Catholic Rural Life we reflect once again on the ethics of eating and what parishes and individuals are doing to put our values into action.
Right Relationships to the Land and the People (Winter 2012)
In this issue of Catholic Rural Life, we explore how our faithful relationship to God extends to right relationships with one another and the whole of creation. Where there is genuine love and respect, there is life and hope. The articles in this issue look at the many facets of rural life and different perspectives from around the country. This issue also introduces a new look for our magazine: readers will see a vibrant look with more local stories, more photos and full color.
Catholic Stewardship of the Land: A Growing Renewal (Fall 2011)
As stewards of the gift of creation, we are called to "till and keep," to be co-operators with God in cultivating the earth. Farmers, especially, have a unique vocation, affirmed by the Church, to care for the earth. This issue of Catholic Rural Life examines the teachings of the Catholic Church as a theologian and philosopher articulate why Catholics should be the leading advocates for a renewed vision of environmental stewardship.