The Sabine Z

I returned to The Sabine Farm after my superb trip to England.   Many thanks, again, to all whom I met there.

Last night we were graced with a clear sky and a Harvest Moon you could read by… or harvest by.

I hit the rack pretty hard and rose early to find that the leaves are changing color.  They are goreous this year.

Also, the same Harvest Moon was still hanging around in the west, illuminated by the rising sun, bright again a pale sky, and a light fog was clinging to the grass.

I enjoyed my kryptonite strength coffee with eggs and ham… and beautiful view.

A nice welcome back to The Sabine Farm.

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  1. John Kusske says:

    That wasn’t just the Harvest moon… It was the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) moon! In China it is the night to eat moon cakes with those close to you. A good way to be greeted back: welcome home, father!

  2. John: Thanks for that reminder. I wasa bit short of moon cakes on my arrival here. Perhaps with a recipe I could make some in honor of the 中秋节! In any event, here is a cyber moon cake for all of you. Remember what St. Augustine said: “Where there is charity, there are no distances.”



  3. Cody says:

    Well, we had a harvest moon here the other night…judging by that and the foliage, I have a good idea of the region your farm might be…hmmm….

  4. Tim Ferguson says:

    Would it be valid to substitute a moonpie for a mooncake?

  5. danphunter1 says:

    My wife and I would love to visit you and your mass.
    Is it possible that we assist at one of your Tridentine mass’s?
    God bless you and welcome home.

  6. dan: Perhaps I will be invited to some parish in your area where you live.

  7. danphunter1 says:

    Father Parkerson, if you are reading this perhaps you could invite Father Zuhlsdorf to Sacred Heart?
    You could then offer a solemn high mass with Father M, and Father Z.
    God bless.

  8. Mac McLernon says:

    It was great to meet you, Fr Z. I’m glad you enjoyed England… sorry about the Internet connectivity not being up to scratch (I think you described it as “Internet Hell”… hey, just think: we Brits actually find it’s an improvement on what we had before!)

    (And I promise to try not to mis-quote you again… “I will pay more attention to the sermon… I will pay more attention…”

    Keep Blogging & God bless,

  9. Well, we here in England are enjoying a bright harvest moon, too.
    And autumn is always a very nice time of year (the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”).
    But I’d dearly like to see the trees in America and the colour of the leaves in the fall.
    Thanks for the photo, Father Z

  10. “Would it be valid to substitute a moonpie for a mooncake?”

    Only down south.


  11. Jon says:

    The moon was quite spectacular here in PA farm country as well, last night.

    For those of you out there wondering about that “harvest moon;” the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is called the “harvest moon.” At this time of year in northern latitudes the time between sunset and moonrise is so close that there was no time of deep darkness between the two when the moon is at full. Thus, farmers could continue gathering their harvest well into the night.

    The next full moon, in October, closer to All Saint’s, is called the “hunter’s moon.” In the days before your local Fish & Game Commission, men would hunt fall game as soon as the leaves were off the trees. This full moon would allow hunters to see the deer, nicely fattened from the recent harvest.

    Sounds like Aquinas’ Fifth Proof to me!

  12. danphunter1 says:

    Isn’t Aquinas “Fifth Proof”, a really strong Kentucky Catholic bourbon?

  13. Steve Skojec says:


    May I ask what state your farm is located in? It looks both familiar and beautiful!

  14. Steve: May I ask what state your farm is located in? It looks both familiar and beautiful!


  15. Tim Ferguson says:

    It’s in the state of bliss

  16. Mark says:

    Fr. Z or any other authority on the matter below:

    If a man were to enter the seminary, and later became a priest, would he be required to give up his property? Such as a house or other ‘high-value’ goods? Would this depend whether he entered a monastery or became a diocesan priest?

    I always wondered about this given the Gospel of Luke (18:22-28). Especially Luke 18:22, when Jesus said to the wealthy man: …”Sell all whatever thou hast and give to the poor: and thou shalt have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.”; and here in Luke 18:28, “Then Peter said: Behold, we have left all things and have followed thee.”

  17. Mark: Diocesan priests can own property.

  18. Viking says:

    So Father, I have been wondering about this for some time. Do you work in Rome and fly back and forth to the farm, or what position do you have?

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