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...

Prayer, the light of the spirit

Prayer, the light of the spirit

Prayer stands before God as an honored ambassador. It gives joy to the spirit, peace to the heart. I speak of prayer, not words.   It is the longing for God, love too deep for words, a gift not given by man but by God’s grace. The apostle Paul says: We do not know how we are to pray but the Spirit himself pleads for us with inexpressible longings.   When the Lord gives this kind of prayer to a man, he gives him riches that cannot be taken away,   heavenly food that satisfies the spirit. One who tastes this food is set on fire with an eternal longing for the Lord: his spirit burns as in a fire of utmost intensity.   —From a homily by Saint John Chrysostom, bishop, Prayer is the light of the spirit, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol II I pray for...

Change Me, O Lord

Change Me, O Lord

  Following is one of my essays from a recent required class on Vatican II. In this particular essay we were asked to write a meditation on a point that most stood out to us after reading the “Decree on Ecumenism.” Turns out a great deal of what I learned here, will be the prayer that leads me into Lent. In my earliest days as a follower of Christ, I met a pastor who instructed me on the one prayer God would always answer. Thankful for his input, I was eager to write this wonderful pearl of wisdom in my Bible so as to never forget or lose it. What is that one prayer?   Change me, O Lord.   The more I reflected on the Decree on Ecumenism the more this prayer came to mind, especially as the church fathers instruct us that there can be no...

Lent, the Rule of St Benedict and something simple

Lent, the Rule of St Benedict and something simple

  As we ready ourselves to enter into the the most Holy time of Lent, there’s much to help us in the Rule of Saint Benedict. From Saints Will Arise is this three part posting:   Part I:   Sacred reading Part II: Refrain from sin and apply ourselves to prayers Part III:  Fasting and abstinence    For sacred reading this Lent, the Lord has given me a reading assignment that came as His always come; unexpectedly and from a source I never would have anticipated. It also comes on the heels of an exchange I encountered in the hospital with the doubting doctors during my aunts surgery and answers 80% of their questions in the first twenty pages. Wonder if I should send them both a copy? I can tell reading this book is personally going to take me out...

Jesus, My Feet Are Dirty

Jesus, My Feet Are Dirty

  Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet Ford Madox Brown 1852-6     Jesus, come my feet are dirty.   You have become a servant for my sake, so fill your basin with water; come, wash my feet.     I know that I am bold in saying this,  but your own words have made me fearful:     “If I do not wash your feet, you will have no companionship with me.” Wash my feet then, so I may be Your companion.     —Origin   +PAX...