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Food and Faith at the World’s Fair: Expo 2015

Posted: July 08, 2015 | Author: Fr. Leo

While July and August are a time for families to relax with each other, along with good friends, new friends and hopefully, good food, our Grace Before Meals team has been hard at work with some exciting new adventures which we will roll out when everyone is back from vacation.  Here are a few "news feeds" for your consideration as you enjoy the lazy (or in my case, not-so-lazy) days of summer.

Fr. Leo and Gus Lloyd of The Catholic Channel led a group of 100 people to Italy.  It was a busy but beautiful experience for all!

Faith and food in the world!  Recently we returned from the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy to visit the Shroud of Turin, the World Fair Expo (which actually highlighted food), and the bicentennial celebrations of St. John Bosco. There were many surprises as well. First, it was beautiful to see how faith was so present at the World Fair. Our Grace Before Meals and Gus Lloyd's Seize the Day Radio Show pilgrimage received a VIP welcome from the consulate and CFO of the American 2.0 Pavillion at the World Fair.

Receiving a VIP welcome to the USA 2.0 Food Fair Pavilion from the Ambassador Consulate for the American Pavillion. 

I was also happy to see the Apostolic Holy See Vatican City State had a venue at the World Fair. It was an interesting interactive "table" that showed the theological Eucharistic connection to the family table.  It was like a page out of my book, "Epic Food Fight: A Bite Sized History of Salvation."

The Vatican City State Food and Faith Pavilion at the World Expo 2015.

Happily, it was also next to a little stand that combined fluffy little pancakes filled with nutella!  Needless to say, it was a sweet surprise for me to see that. 

Go ahead and stuff some pancakes with nutella!

Finally, faith was ever present with the Casa Don Bosco Pavilion, showcasing how for the past 200 years, St. Don Bosco has inspired the Salesian Religious Community to continue to feed the hungry and poor in the world, providing a home for those without, and also providing the spiritual food to sustain faith in a world that starves for God's presence. 

Food and Faith were well represented at the World Expo.  It was one of those moments that made me feel so proud to be Catholic, and so proud to represent the Grace Before Meals movement.

Let us Pray:

Father, you have given us the responsibility to feed the world with the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.  Yet, before we can give this food, we must discern who should eat it and how we provide it. Give us the grace to constantly reflect your love so that we can hear the cries of the hungry and poor, and provide the daily bread to your hungry children in the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(1)  How do you connect food and faith for your family?
(2)  Have you been to the World Fair? If so, what did you think of it?
(3)  What do you think would happen if world enemies ate a meal together at the same table?

Two More Thoughts:

Beautiful vineyards in Spain. 

We are ready to go to Spain for another once in a lifetime trip to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila's 500th birthday celebration.  If you want to join our great group of faithful foodies, call Susan at Select International at 800.842.4842 by July 24, 2015. There are only 5 seats left!


Finally, as a proud uncle of the new singing sensation JAGMAC (first letters of the names of my nieces and nephews), I want to hear your opinion on their new song, "Get Your Groove Back."  Please watch this 2 minute promotional video (before the actual video is released), and share it with your kids.  They are a group of homeschooled kids with a great sense of talent and style.  JAGMAC wants to create music that is fun, age appropriate, and relevant to the world, while remaining positive and inspiring.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Do you like it?  Would you share this song with your kids?  Would you buy their album when it's released?