This one is about chickens. Yes, chickens.

A bit of back-story first: a few weeks ago we moved our laying hens into their movable summer coop, which we tow ahead every few days. It allows them more fresh grass to eat than they would get at their winter coop. Around the summer coop we set up an electric fence which keeps the coyotes at bay. In a nearby pen, we also keep several llamas and alpacas. Due to their hatred of anything dog-like, they will chase coyotes away as well. However, we had a small problem with our chickens this year.

Chickens are creatures of habit, and shortly after we moved them out of the winter coop, three or four hens decided they wanted to go back. So they hopped over the electric fence and started on their way. We had already closed up the winter coop by that time, so they ended up living on whatever they could find around the barnyard. Now for the interesting part.

As I was heading out on my walk today I heard one of these chickens making a good deal of noise in the llama and alpaca pen. I walked a little closer to the fence so that I could find out what the matter was. I saw a coyote running away with a chicken in his mouth, and a llama chasing him. Once the coyote saw me climbing over the fence, he dropped the chicken and ran off with a little clump of feathers in his mouth. Sadly, the damage had already been done and the chicken was dead.

So what did I see in all this that made me want to tell you about it? Permit me to use a little analogy scenario. Say the summer coop, guarded by the electric fence, are the Catholic Church and Her teachings. The chicken is a soul and the winter coop is its former way of life; that is, before making its home in the Church. The llama is this soul’s guardian angel and the coyote is the devil (hey, its just an analogy!). When a soul ignores the Church’s teachings and hops over them as though they are only optional, it’s aim (though seemingly unintentional) is to go back to it’s old way of life. The soul can try to make do and live the best it can, but nonetheless, outside the Church it is far more weak and vulnerable. It’s guardian angel can only protect it from so much before the devil claims it for himself.

The chicken’s story had a rough ending: it is dead and nothing can bring it back. But for Catholics who have left the Church there is still a chance; they can still come home and make peace with God. Please, if you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church for a long time, know that God still loves you and wants you to belong to His son’s one flock. God bless you!

“Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.”
Joel 2:13, NIV

Spring is here!

Spring is finally here!

Well, sort of.

We still have lots of snow outside, but the weather should be nice this week and that should clear it up.

My apologies for the lengthy absence. I truly was busy. Baby bunnies were born almost three weeks ago, and a thousand day-old broiler chicks arrived on Thursday. Although we didn’t hatch the chicks on our own, we did have to “dip” them. Since chicks don’t know how to drink by themselves, we need to take each one of them and dip their beak in the waterer to teach them how to drink. So I dipped roughly three hundred, Mom dipped about five hundred, and my brother did the rest. Good times.

In the months of May and June, schools will often book farm tours for some of their classes to come out and see the animals. Last year we had a few hundred kids visit the farm in just those two months! In July and August, there are summer camps that my siblings and I attend. As you can imagine, it gets pretty busy, so you can expect another period of absence in blogging. I might be able to swing a couple of 11:30 blogging nights, but I’m not too sure yet.

Also, exciting news! Dr. Taylor Marshall’s blog, Canterbury Tales, is coming to WordPress! His posts are fantastic, his use of analogy is witty, and he is frequently listed on Big Pulpit’s list of blogs. His blog will most certainly be on my list of blogs to follow and I’ll post a link as soon as its up and running.

Have a great week, and God bless!