Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the donkey.
Many striking incidents are related of good "Father Nash," one of the early heralds of the Cross in the more destitute and neglected regions of the "Diocese of New York," who has been made to figure with such effect in Fenimore Cooper's famous romance, The Pioneers. On a certain occasion, when a number of clergymen were assembled for some purpose, and conversation began to flag, one of them, who was almost too diligent a farmer for the good of the Church, entertained the company with an account of his agricultural operations, and, among other things, of his successful management of sheep. Father Nash, whose whole heart was devoted to his Heavenly Master's work, felt little interest in all this, and when the enthusiastic farmer-pastor turned to him and asked, "What do you feed your lambs with?" the worthy missionary could not resist the temptation of administering a mild rebuke, and answered — "With Catechism!"
(J. N. Norton.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.