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...