From The Feedbag

From the Feedbag normally means that I would answer some questions that people send to me. Thank you for sending me your question and comments. I promise, I’ll try and answer them either personally or in these upcoming e-mails. Thanks also for your patience. I’ll admit, I don’t have the greatest amount of patience, which is why I’m not much of a baker – it takes great patience. Click here to submit questions or comments.

BBQ & Rising from the Dead

 

Me with my baking instructor at Baking Arts in San Francisco.

(Me with my baking instructor at Baking Arts in San Francisco.)

In this e-mail blast, I had to share this story that was sent to me from a subscriber.  It’s about how a priest, Fr. Higgins, witnessed someone coming back to life!

Lourdes, France. Stations of the Cross – the stone that covered Jesus' tomb is rolled back. His tomb is empty! Alleluia.

(Lourdes, France.  Stations of the Cross – the stone that covered Jesus’ tomb is rolled back.  His tomb is empty!  Alleluia.)

The following is the exact text Fr. Higgins posted on his website.

From the Food Network show – grilling up some fajita flank steaks.)

(From the Food Network show –  grilling up some fajita flank steaks.)

“Who doesn’t enjoy a good BBQ with friends?  When I was asked to a young couple’s home for a Young Adult Ministry Home Mass and BBQ, I packed my Mass kit and off I went.  I arrived about 6:00 pm with a hearty appetite and was greeted by about 15 young people. Then the phone rang, and everything changed.  I had to drive about 10 miles to a hospital where there was an emergency call.

Jesus is laid in the tomb, Stations of the Cross, Lourdes, France.

(Jesus is laid in the tomb, Stations of the Cross, Lourdes, France. )

I drove quickly, thinking that the nurse in charge of the ER, Anne, would be waiting for me.  I knew her and her husband and children from the parish.  When I walked in I could see paramedics at the foot of the only occupied gurney there, so I hurried and walked in.  “Sorry, Fr. John, you’re too late. He’s gone,”  Anne said, smiling.  She had a lot of compassion, but also understood that I’d come as fast as I could.  They were removing wires from an older man.  I noticed that he was wearing a Brown Scapular, one of the old cloth ones.  I reached and said “He’s wearing an old fashioned Scapular”.

When I touched it there was a beep from a monitor, then another.  The nurse, Anne, said, “What did you do?” I said, “Nothing!”  She and another nurse jumped to work, reconnecting wires and calling for help.  The Paramedics stood with their jaws dropped.  The patient opened his eyes and said (in an Irish accent)  “Oh, good, Father.  I’ve been waiting for you. I want to go to Confession.”  I nearly fell over.  I’d done nothing but seen and touched his Scapular.

Healing of the sick and raising of the dead statue. Lourdes, France.

(Healing of the sick and raising of the dead statue.  Lourdes, France.)

The next thing I knew, they were working on him.  He didn’t get to go to Confession, but I gave him an emergency absolution as they worked.  One of the Paramedics asked if I was OK and sat me in a chair.

A couple of weeks later, the man came to me for Confession and told me that the doctor couldn’t figure out what happened and had to tear up the Death Certificate he’d already started to fill out.  The Paramedics had come to see him in the hospital and shown him their notes.  At the bottom of the page, they’d written the time and place of his death and then in big bold letters had added “BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY GOD.”

Miracles still happen.  And no, I didn’t do it.  It just happened according to God’s will. Why does He intervene in some cases and not in others?  I really don’t know.  I haven’t figured that out yet.  But I do know that God has worked miracles in my life, the most important for me not being what He did for someone else, but what He has done over and over to bring me back from sin and death, through the Sacraments, into His Covenant Relationship.

Copy of the pieta, Our Lady of the Universe Church, Orlando, Florida.

( Copy of the pieta, Our Lady of the Universe Church, Orlando, Florida.)

That man still had to die a natural death to be raised from the dead into eternal life.  The Resurrection Jesus offers all of us is eternal too.  And that’s what we look forward to at Easter. Do you think this is a true story?  Is this even possible?

I am not here to give a solemn “yes” or “no,” but who am I to doubt the experience of a brother priest?  I can say that I’ve experienced similar unbelievable stories!  And our Easter Season is all about people dying and coming back to life.  Our Catholic Faith teaches us about how our entire lives are really directed to one important finale – making sure we end this life on a good note!

Seminarians praying at the tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

(Seminarians praying at the tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland.)

One of the most impressive things about this blog post is that the priest starts off by talking about BBQ and ends up talking about Eternal Life in Christ.  Maybe Fr. Higgins will never eat BBQ the same!

That's a lot of fajita flank steaks! Could I ever get sick of cooking these, or eating these? Probably, but not anytime soon.

(That’s a lot of fajita flank steaks!  Could I ever get sick of cooking these, or eating these?  Probably, but not anytime soon.)

Let us pray.  Father, we ask You to keep in our hearts and minds the mysteries of the Resurrection.  In times of struggle and temptation, keep our eyes fixed on the eternal life You promise to those who follow You.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Oven toasted ciabatta bread seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, a light dusting of parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

(Jesus’ Resurrection.)

Have you heard of fantastic stories like this?  Do you know someone who has received a second chance at life?  If you experienced something like Fr. Higgins experienced, how would you change your life?  Your comments, questions, or concerns encourage us in our important apostolic mission.  Please post your comments below.

What's New

This week’s episode: Dessert Days

What child is not enamored with desserts? Fr. Leo and his guest Br. Leo show how to balance a savory meal with a sweet ending any child will love to help make. Fr Leo shows how we need stability in our lives, balancing desert days with dessert days.

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Be sure to watch this week’s episode of “Savoring the Faith” on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.

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When Fr. Leo was in the Philippines, his guide and GBM “Assistant” along the way was David Panlilio, who in addition to promoting Grace Before Meals in the Philippines, does video ministry work for OneBillionStories.com. Be sure to check out his article on Fr. Leo and support this great ministry by checking it out at the http://onebillionstories.com/12271/grace-before-meals-from-philippines-fr-leo/.

If you have more time, you can find out more about David and the OneBillionStories.com teams across the world by going to http://onebillionstories.com.

 

 What's New

Saturday, April 28

The Archdiocese of Newark, NJ Presents: Youth Ministers/YouthWork Conference,

Archdiocesan Youth Center

499 Belgrove Dr

Kearny NJ 07032

Contact: Richard Donovan – donovari@rcan.org

Website: http://www.newarkoym.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=232

Sunday, April 22

Diocese of Corpus Christi Youth Spectacular Event (High School)

1213 Terry Shamsie Robstown, TX 78380

Contact: Jaime Reyna –jreyna@diocesecc.org

Website: http://www.diocesecc.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=109

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A Spiritual Bouquet – of Herbs!

During this past Lent, I had the pleasure of preaching masses and giving a parish presentation at a cluster of churches in the Avalon, New Jersey, area.  (See Msgr. John Frey’s comments at the end of the bulletin announcement.)  Because of my busy schedule next year, I’m cutting back on missions.  As always, I meet fantastic people along the way.

Me with the Pastor and his staff at St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Jersey Shore.

(Me with the Pastor and his staff at St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Jersey Shore.)

At this event, one of the organizers told me about a woman named Dorothea Angelou who really wanted to meet me.  She had seen me on TV, was very familiar with our Grace Before Meals movement, and for lack of a better word described herself as a “fan.”

OK, maybe he's not a fan, but a really good salesman! Thanks to the priests, deacons, and parishioners of St. Mary's Hudson, OH, for a great mission!

(OK, maybe he’s not a fan, but a really good salesman!  Thanks to the priests, deacons, and parishioners of St. Mary’s Hudson, OH, for a great mission!)

As an aside, I have officially changed the name of “fan” to “fam” – which is a shorter version of the word “family.”  It also has part of the Italian word “fame,” which means hungry – a fitting word to describe supportive members and followers for our movement.

Thank you to all for being such great “fams” to our movement.  You can learn more at our Facebook page and Twitter.

When St. Mary's Hudson advertised the parish mission, they went BIG, which helped draw huge crowds of hungry participants.

(When St. Mary’s Hudson advertised the parish mission, they went BIG, which helped draw huge crowds of hungry participants.)

Now, back to the story.

When Dorothea learned that I was booked to speak at her parish, she was ecstatic!  According to her caregiver, she really wanted to meet me and have me sign her book and visit her herb garden.  However, Dorothea was called home to the Lord. She died on December 30, 2011 –about 2 months shy of my arrival.

Her friends tell me that she was adopted. She never married, but she spent her whole life lovingly close to the Lord.  She was also a spiritual mother, working with mentally-disabled children and adults at a state-sponsored school.  Dorothea was a talented artist, an avid gardener, and a gifted wood carver specializing in birds.  She was also a fantastic cook, spending much of her time in one of the three Greek restaurants that her adopted father owned in Northern New Jersey. As a big foodie, she loved watching cooking shows.  Then one day, I show up on her television, and she became an instant “fam!”

A spiritual herb bouquet.

(Members of St. Mary’s seminary in Cleveland, OH (Left to right: Fr. Damian Ference, Fr. Mark Latocovich, Sr. Brendon, Zajac, Fr. Kevin Elbert, Associate Pastor of St. Mary’s Hudson).  The Academic Dean, Fr. Mark Latcovich, is also a faithful foodie.  He organizes major dinners and teaches seminarians how to prepare gourmet meals for the entire community!)

Dorothea’s caregiver told me this beautiful story of a wonderful and holy soul. It almost brought tears to my eyes.  It especially touched me when her friends went to her garden and supplied me with a tremendous amount of fresh herbs, which she wanted to give to me personally.

A spiritual herb bouquet.

(A spiritual herb bouquet.)

These herbs – a true spiritual bouquet – give new meaning to the idea of connecting food to memories.  Now, whenever I use some of Dorothea’s rosemary, sage, or thyme, I’ll smile contently knowing that her good life, her strong faith, and her devotion to goodness and beauty, especially in service to the needs of God’s special children, will certainly be rewarded with a heavenly feast.

Normally, I write a faithful foodie adventure post about a restaurant recommendation or a food experience worth sharing.  The story of Dorothea Angelou, however, reminds me that the best faithful foodie adventures occur when you experience a meal with a message that touches your heart and soul.

I never tasted any of Dorothea’s cooking, but I can tell you that hearing about Dorothea’s life, her love for the culinary world, the depth of her faith, and her care for God’s special children left an impression that made me want to savor that moment.

Oven toasted ciabatta bread seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, a light dusting of parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.

(Oven toasted ciabatta bread seasoned with rosemary, salt, pepper, a light dusting of parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.)

I will certainly use her herbs in future meals.  As we are called to remember Jesus at the Sacred Meal, I will certainly remember Dorothea for the spiritual bouquet of herbs she provided me, which will make any meal special.

Let us pray: Father, thank You for bringing wonderful people along my path as we promote this apostolate to strengthen families around the dinner table.  In a special way, I pray for Dorothea’s family and friends, her church community, and those who mourn the loss of this simple, but beautiful, soul.  May her example of faith, friendship, and family inspire us to care for God’s special children.  May the example of her adoption by her parents show the world that every life is a precious gift.  And may she rest in Your love and peace and continue to bring growth in God’s garden here on Earth.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Image of The Last Supper by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, reproduced for the parish of Epiphany in Normal, Illinois, by artist Alberto Diaz Chamizo from Madrid, Spain.

(Image of The Last Supper by James Jacques Joseph Tissot, reproduced for the parish of Epiphany in Normal, Illinois, by artist Alberto Diaz Chamizo from Madrid, Spain.)

Do you have a particular meal that reminds you of a special person in your life? 

Do you have any secrets to help an herb garden grow, especially for someone like me who can’t seem to make any plant stay alive?  What is your favorite herb to plant and use for cooking?  Your ideas, questions, and comments help us spread our message to the world, so please post your comments below.

UPDATE: Our Grace Before Meals movement continues to grow, in part because of the different presentations that Fr. Leo gives around the country and the world.  That means more and more families are spending quality time together around their table and around the Lord’s table.  To book and event, parish mission, presentation, lecture, or cooking demonstration, please try and book one year in advance.  We are constantly receiving invitations that we have to turn down because Fr. Leo’s schedule is already booked.  In the future, parish missions during Lent and Advent will be reduced to only one mission per season.  So, if you want to book this incredible parish mission opportunity, please book in advance.  Other presentations, such as weekend retreats, presentations, and lectures, are more flexible, since these do not affect his primary work at Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary. 

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Be sure to watch this week’s episode of “Savoring the Faith” on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.

What's New

Sunday, April 22

Diocese of Corpus Christi Youth Spectacular Event-1213 Terry Shamsie Robstown, TX 78380

Contact: Jaime Reyna –jreyna@diocesecc.org

Monday, April 23

Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women-
4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17105 US

Contact: Bonnie Onomastico -vonomastico@comcast.net

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Happy Eat-ster!

 

Easter Sunday has given you permission to indulge (not over-indulge) in those delicacies that you gave up for Lent. It’s interesting that a Happy Easter has become somewhat synonymous with being a happy eater!

(As usual, I gave up chocolate for Lent.)

(As usual, I gave up chocolate for Lent.)

Here’s a link for one of the simplest chocolate mousse recipes ever!

I firmly believe that food and faith go hand-in-hand! And those who eat well can also celebrate Easter well. In fact, the Scriptures confirm this relationship between a happy Easter and a happy eater!

A Candy Bar "at Gertrude's Restaurant in Baltimore.  Here's a link for the Culinary Confession that I wrote for Gertrude’s.

(A Candy Bar “at Gertrude’s Restaurant in Baltimore. Here’s a link for the Culinary Confession that I wrote for Gertrude’s.)

After the Resurrection, Jesus revealed Himself to His apostles around a meal. Consider the upper room, when Jesus walked through the locked doors, greeted His fearful disciples with the word, “Peace,” and then made the request, “Do you have anything to eat?” (John 20:19). Again, at the road to Emmaus, two friends experienced a supernatural revelation of Christ through the breaking of the bread (Luke 24:13). Finally, we see Jesus at the shore preparing breakfast for the disciples who were up all night trying to catch fish, as a reminder that Jesus wants them to be fishers of men (John 21).

Me with some seminarians at the Archdiocese of Cleveland and the crazy/fun youth minister at St. Mary's Church in Hudson, Ohio. This one parish has about 7-8 young men studying for the priesthood – from ONE parish!

( Me with some seminarians at the Archdiocese of Cleveland and the crazy/fun youth minister at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, Ohio. This one parish has about 7-8 young men studying for the priesthood from ONE parish!)

Yes, Christ is very concerned with food for our faith. That is why He gives us food for everlasting Life!

The back view of the Main Altar of St. Patrick's Church in NYC, on Palm Sunday 2012.

(The back view of the Main Altar of St. Patrick’s Church in NYC, on Palm Sunday 2012.)

In this Easter Season, continue the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection around the table of the Lord, and extend that blessing around your family’s table. Click here for some delicious Easter Celebration Meals.

My little cousin in search of more Easter Eggs!

(My little cousin in search of more Easter Eggs!)

Let Us Pray: Father in Heaven, we thank You for the glorious Resurrection of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May His rising from the dead give us the Grace to rise above our pettiness, sins, and lack of faith. Teach us what it means to live a new life in Christ, as we sing and rejoice in the victory of the Lamb. Amen! Alleluia!

The Missionaries of Charity at their Easter celebration 2011.

(The Missionaries of Charity at their Easter celebration 2011.)

How did you celebrate Easter with your family? Do you have a special tradition that you’d like to share? What is your favorite Easter menu? Do you have any comments, questions, or concerns that will help us do a better job in serving you? Your responses and posts are very important to us, so please post your comments below.

Signs of New Life!

(Signs of New Life!)

What's New

Listen to my Easter Meditation on Youtube!

(Listen to my Easter Meditation Homily on Youtube)

Click the picture to listen to my Easter Meditation homily I gave this Easter. I address the power of New Life when people seek out and meet Jesus Christ, and reveal why I’m going Easter egg hunting….but seriously, it is very much worth a listen. Leave a comment beneath the video.

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Be sure to watch this week’s episode of “Savoring the Faith” on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.

What's New

Friday, April 13

Respect Life Benefit Dinner @Franchesco’s Ristorante, 7128 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford IL

Contact: Laura Christianson (815) 399-4300 x 381

Saturday, April 14

Respect Life Benefit Dinner @ Elgin Community College University and Business Center Elgin, IL

Contact: Laura Christianson (815) 399-4300 x 381

Sunday, April 15

Fr. Leo’s Grace Before Meals presentation and Mass @ The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein 2356 St. Johns Rd. Maria Stein, OH 45860

Contact : Robin Goettemoeller (419) 925-7625

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Dinner Discussion

 

The Most Memorable Meal!

 

Preparing for Easter Sunday forces us to look at the real meaning of the celebration.  It all begins with a Sacred Meal that will occur on the night Jesus was betrayed.  He will say those powerful words that unfortunately many Catholic Christians may take for granted,

“Take this all of you and eat of it, for this is my Body, which will be given up for you! Do this in Memory of Me.  Take this all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood.  The blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this in memory of me.”

Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O'Brien.

(My nephew at his First Holy Communion. He knows this is the most important meal his uncle can give him.)

It is no doubt that the power of food can satisfy the body but also the mind.  Consider the smell of mom or dad’s cooking and how it can bring you back to happy times in your life around the dinner table.  Food can certainly inspire great memories!

Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O'Brien.

(I can’t make “pancit” – a Filipino Noodle Dish – without thinking of my mom and dad.)

Bread and wine does that for me. EVERY culture has a “version” of this starch and drink.  When we eat and drink it, do we think of Jesus and the Last Supper?  Generally not, unless, of course, you pray Grace before meals!

We will stay connected with these beautifully simple foods!  It is my hope that every time a server brings your dinner rolls, whenever you make your kids a sandwich, volunteer to put out bread for the homeless, pour a glass of wine, teach your kids responsible drinking, or offer cheers at your next dinner party, you also say a prayer and think of Jesus.

Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O'Brien.

(Bread and Wine)

The simple elements of bread and wine, so common in Jewish tradition, become the perfect vehicle for Jesus to live in His disciples’ memory.  And because Jesus has the power to transubstantiate, i.e., change the substance of something, He has the power to live and exist in the elements of the consecrated bread and wine.  We call that the Real Presence!

Group of young men in a discernment camp praying before the Blessed Sacrament - the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

(Group of young men in a discernment camp praying before the Blessed Sacrament – the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.)

Interestingly, Jesus takes the most common food and drink and elevates it to something supernatural, incredible, and for some, unfortunately, unbelievable. Why is it so hard to believe that Jesus can make bread and wine into something more than it really is?  In a more sacramental, intense way, it’s similar to thinking about grandma when you bite into a buttery, crusted apple pie.

No doubt, we need to consider  again and again  what Jesus meant when He said the words, “This is my body, this is my blood!  Eat, Drink in memory of me.”

Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O'Brien.

(Jesus breaks bread during the Sacred Last Supper)

In preparation for this Easter Sunday, talk to your family about what this Sacred Meal is all about.  Remind your family, like with the Jewish Passover, of the meaning of the Sacred Meal – the Bread and Wine offered at Mass.  The REAL Easter meal isn’t baked ham, colored eggs, Easter chocolates, or lamb – although I love all of those things!  I even have a great recipe featured in my new show, “Savoring Our Faith,” and in this article in the Chicago Tribune!

Grilled lamb!

(Grilled Lamb!)

The Sacred Meal, in memory of Christ, is more profound and yet so simple.  Bread and Wine – His Body and Blood – given up for you!  Take, eat, and drink in Memory of Him!

Happy preparations for this upcoming Easter celebration!

(11th Station of the Cross: Jesus is nailed to the cross.)

(11th Station of the Cross: Jesus is nailed to the cross.)

Father in Heaven, teach us how to prepare for the Sacred Meal.  May it ever be on our hearts, minds, and lips in a way that brings dignity to this feast for the soul.  May our new members of the Church experience the sweetness of the Communion they celebrate with You and with all of Your Children, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

How will you prepare for Easter – spiritually?  How will you prepare for Easter – in a culinary way?  What is your most memorable meal, and whom do you think about when you eat it?  Your comments help us stay focused on our mission, and let us know you care.  Post your comments HERE.

What's New

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  The Napa Valley Virtuous Vacation and Retreat has been postponed until 2013.

With the announcement of the New Archbishop of Baltimore, Fr. Leo has decided to participate with the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the investiture of the Pallium for Archbishop William Lori, the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore.  Corporate Travel will provide more information about the trip next year to all of those who registered for this year’s trip.  I sincerely apologize for having to reschedule this trip, but it’s not every day that we get a new Archbishop – that is, a new boss!

Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O'Brien.

(Archbishop Lori (left) is welcomed by his predecessor, Most Rev. Edwin Cardinal O’Brien.)

Check out the Chicago Tribune article above for some thoughts and recipes about the Lamb during this Easter Season.

I was also featured in an article with The Phillipine Daily Inquirer, so check it out at http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/41807/holy-cow-food-faith-and-fr-leo.

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And be sure to watch this week’s episode in which I prepare that same lamb recipe on “Savoring the Faith” on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.

And we just wrapped the photography for “Spicing Up Married Life” and let me tell you, it looks delicious and fantastic! We can’t wait to share new recipes and inspirations with you later this year. It will definitely be worth the wait!

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