As a young novice for the Congregation of Holy Cross our early training took place on a farm.
Many of us were city boys but would soon learn how to milk cows, feed the chickens, collect discarded food from area restaurants to feed the pigs, plant corn and reap the harvest. Two seasoned religious brothers, Brother Laetus, csc and Brother Protase, csc taught us.
It was on the that farm that I heard Brother Protase say that “snow was poor man’s manure” I didn’t understand what he meant then but what he said is what we heard Isaiah say today in the Scripture reading. “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down…God sends us rain and snow to water the earth, make it fertile, enriching the soil getting it ready for the Spring planting”.
Maybe now we can better understand the call during Lent to not only give alms, and fast but to pray for when we engage God in prayer we allow God to speak words to us that will not only renew us but renew the face of our earth.
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!