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The God Ingredient

Posted: April 22, 2015 | Author: Fr. Leo

Last week I was in Chicago, aka, "Chi Town" aka "The City of Broad Shoulders" - a nickname to describe the hard working ethic of the people who built up a world class city.  I love that city for its history, it's culture, and its food.  I remember doing a cooking demo at the Taste of Chicago food festival a few years ago.   But in my brief free time, I visited the incredibly beautiful Mundelein Seminary, currently the largest seminary in the United States.  


The view of the lake from Mundelein Seminary.


This was the same weekend that the Archdiocese of Chicago announced the death of Cardinal Francis George, OMI.  He's from the same religious order that started the Voluntas Dei Secular Institute for which I am in formation. His death, visiting the seminary, and meeting the famous Fr. Robert Barron (and listening to his great homily), got me thinking of yet another food and faith connection.

Me and Fr. Robert Barron.

A few years ago, I read a book written by Cardinal George, "The Difference God Makes."  It sure made a (positive) difference in my life.  I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone - especially people who may need to pay better attention to God's guiding hand in everyday life.    


Cardinal George's book, The Difference God Makes


In my culinary mentality, I kept thinking of a recipe for a good life - one that Cardinal George had, one that Fr. Barron preaches about, and one that seminarians are trying to learn.  It's actually the first "ingredient" of the 10 Commandments, which I'd describe as a recipe for good living.  If we see God as a person, then He is our Ultimate relationship.  If we see God as an "ingredient" in life, then he is the essential component of our Meal (aka Eucharist). 


The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary.


There is nothing good that we can do apart from our loving God.  When God is the source, summit and center of our lives, we become better.  We become holy.  As we remember and pray for a Prince of the Church, Cardinal George, may we pray that his incredible mind, and his loving example, will help people see that it was GOD - the essential ingredient in his life - that made him an incredible witness in the City of Broad Shoulders, strong enough to carry the cross of Jesus Christ. 



Pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Francis George.


Let us pray:

Father in heaven, we thank you for the gift of your Church, and her leaders like Cardinal Francis George.  May his example be one to follow.  May his words and written works be studied and treasured.  May his faith be his strength as he meets you in heaven.  We pray for the people of Chicago, the OMI order, the family and friends.  Keep us confident that despite our sadness, you - the Essential Person of our Life - will provide a recipe of joy!  Amen.


Food for Thought

  1. What do you love about Chicago?

  2. Did you know Cardinal George? If so, what are your best memories of him?