Diocesan Guardian Angels

Diocesan Guardian Angels

  From Introduction to the Devout Life, by St Francis de Sales, my Lenten reading this year: Seek to be familiar with the Angels; learn to realize that they are continually present, although invisible. Specially love and revere the Guardian angel of the Diocese in which you live, those of the friends who surround you, and your own. Commune with them frequently; join in their songs of praise, and seek their protection and help in all you do, spiritual or temporal.   That pious man, Peter Faber, the first companion of St Ignatius, and the first priest, first preacher, and first theological teacher of the Company of the Jesuits, who was a native of our Diocese ( Faber was a Savoyard) once passing through this country on his way from Germany (where he had...

Francesca

Francesca

      “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping” Frances of Rome is the first Benedictine name I was given when I made my final oblation in 2010. I say first because, two years later, I was given a second name, Gertrude (after St Gertrude the Great). I now have two Benedictine names and the why of that is a story for another day..But, I’ll give you a clue. It involved a clash with modernism. From Vultus Christi: Married Life and Monastic Conversion   Saint Frances of Rome (1384-1440), more properly called by her own name, Francesca, is the patroness of Benedictine Oblates. The Church has us...

Friday in Lent: Monk on the Way to Snack and a prayer

Friday in Lent: Monk on the Way to Snack and a prayer

  Recipe for Friday in Lent:  I’ve made a lot of lentil soup in my day..And this is really good. Lentil Soup with Rice   Olive oil 1 chopped onion and 2 cloves of garlic 4-5 cups of water or veggie broth 2- 3 cups chopped carrots and celery 1/4 cup of  rice 2 basil leaves dried rosemary herbs de provence salt to taste   You have to put enough oil in the pot to cover the bottom one lentil deep. Then add the chopped onion and garlic; saute till transparent. Add one cup of rinsed raw lentils..Stir a few seconds. Add the 4-5 cups of veggie broth. (start with 4 you can always add more) bring to a boil and simmer 30 minutes.   They should be done but, if there’s a little crunch it’s alright. Add the herbs and salt to taste with the...

Masks off

  On Sunday, we had the beautiful reading on the Transfiguration from the gospel of Mark, but this was only briefly touched on in a homily at the parish I attended because the pastor first gave praise and commendation to Fr Ted Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame, who went to his eternal destination this past Thursday. How I have come to be very familiar with modernism has nothing to do with any distinguished degree I possess (which I don’t) and everything to do with the struggle, sweat and tears on my ten year journey of seeking truth since coming home to the one true Church. I would love to only post some meditative prayer, or peaceful Benedictine encouragement, but life as it is has exposed me to many who have hijacked the...

Before and above all things; and desert wanderings

Before and above all things; and desert wanderings

  While the world and the church continue on their treacherous course, I continue to find hope and beauty in the suffering people I encounter in the hospital.  One day, I might put together a book on all that I’ve learned from them, especially the elderly. It wasn’t a ministry I felt called to, but in the spirit of the Rule of St Benedict, I answered a need and found myself drawn deeper into my relationship with Christ in ways I would previously have tried to flesh out in my own strength, but now comes richly by His grace alone. St Benedict says:   CHAPTER XXXVI : Of the Sick Brethren Before and above all things, care must be taken of the sick, that they be served in very truth as Christ is served; because He hath said, “I was sick and...

Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

Friday in Lent: recipe and prayer

    Recipe:  from Jazzy Vegetarian   Easy Vegetarian Paella   Makes 5 to 6 servings   1 can (28 ounces) organic whole tomatoes 2 cups brown rice (basmati is best) 8 to 10 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet red pepper, diced 1 cup frozen peas 4 scallions, sliced ½ cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 ¾ cups vegetable broth, plus more as needed ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon sea salt 1 jar (12 ounces) artichoke hearts, packed in oil   Put the tomatoes into a medium bowl and break up slightly using a potato masher or large fork.   Put the crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, rice, garlic, red pepper, frozen peas, scallions, parsley, vegetable broth, paprika, turmeric, and...

Rip Currents and a Lawsuit

A few years ago an outbreak of rip currents along Florida beaches not only threatened the lives of Floridians, but proved fatal to several others. The National Weather Service issued warnings after 2 people drowned and 70 had to be rescued along the Atlantic coast. Natives here know that at the mention of rip currents you stay away from the water..In other words we listen to the warnings. Often the ones most at risk are tourists, or people who think they can overcome the force of nature…like when a hurricane threatens and they turn their nose, pumping their fist to the Heavens saying: It’s no big deal. We’re on vacation. Don’t bother us with some negative forecast. We’re gonna ride out the storm, hunker down at the stowaway bar down...

For the record

The twenty one Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by Isis  Were Christians Also for the record, the end of the story for Satan and all his evil works goes like this:   And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.   And they marched up over the broad earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever....