On occasion, our Grace Before Meals movement will send out some “Blasts from the Past,” not only because the messages are still relevant today, but it also helps us remember how far we’ve come!  We will also take this opportunity to review some of our upcoming events and opportunities to join the movement!

What's New

New look for “Grace Before Meals” Website!

Savoring Our Faith

God has blessed us with much growth and direction in recent years, so be with us as we seek to grow our movement further and reach more families with great recipes, events and inspirations. Come July, you will notice a new look for gracebeforemeals.com which we think you will like. So stay tuned and get ready for this exciting new direction.

Savoring Our Faith

Tell us what you think about “Savoring Our Faith”!

The first season of our TV Show is almost over and we want to know what you thought about it. Your reviews and feedback will not only be appreciated, but taken very seriously as we consider ways to improve the show for next season.

So tell us your ideas for making our show even more entertaining and engaging. Do you think we should have more guests? Is there a recipe you would love for Fr. Leo to make? Let us know by leaving a comment and be sure to reach out to EWTN at viewer@ewtn.com and let them know that you want to bring Fr. Leo back in “Savoring Our Faith”.

New Foundation and New Book On The Way!

We are working hard to build a new foundation (literally) which will help us to make a bigger difference in this world by giving back to the community and showing them the importance of the family meal. It will be Grace Before Meals…but on a grander scale! So please keep us in your prayers as we seek to do more good in this world for those who hunger for it most.

And of course, our new book, Spicing Up Married Life is shaping up nicely and has some delicious recipes and fantastic lessons for any couple to learn, as we aim for a September release (we mean it this time!). Take a look at one of the recipe previews here:

What's New

Fr. Leo will be the featured speaker at a number of upcoming events, including:

June 3: The Copper Ridge Institute Fundraiser @

Black Ankle Winery in Mt. Airy, MD


June 8-9: 2012 Eucharistic Congress for the Archdiocese of Atlanta @

Georgia International Convention Center 2000 Convention Center Concourse College Park, GA 30337

2012 Atlanta Eucharistic Congress

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Blast From The Past: Swan Song

Originally sent May 6, 2009

 

Food for the Body

Check out these beautiful pastries, and especially the little swan-shaped pastry made by Luke Suarez, a seminarian from the Diocese of Bridgeport.

These were part of the dessert selections offered after the seminary’s closing banquet, which we celebrated last Friday.  This final celebration, known as “Deacon Night,” is an opportunity for the Deacons to offer their “swan song.”

(On the last day of class, instead of wearing the normal uniform of the black shirt and Roman collar, these guys wore the Pre-Theology uniform of a white shirt and black tie.)

(On the last day of class, instead of wearing the normal uniform of the black shirt and Roman collar, these guys wore the Pre-Theology uniform of a white shirt and black tie.)

And what a swan song it was!

The appetizers made by the current third-year class, the dinner, the desserts, as well as the toasts and speeches were all just beautiful.  I only wish all of the GBM subscribers could experience the joy and enthusiasm of these men called to serve as priests.  But at the same time, there is also a sober reality of sadness to say goodbye. The reality is we unfortunately won’t see many of those men again.  Even though there is always hope that that our ministries will cross paths, our busy lives will make it very difficult to spend time together.  How they say goodbye is obviously an important part of this closing banquet.

Perhaps one of the things I’ve learned after 10 years of priesthood (which I know isn’t that long compared to many of my dedicated brother priests) is that our whole lives should be a preparation for that “swan song” we will all have to sing one day.  In other words, how do we say good-bye?  Whether it be to an institution like the seminary or the last memorable words of someone dying, like Jesus’ last seven words, depends on how we lived our lives!  Swan songs are more important than we think!  In fact, our lives could be so much better if we prayerfully considered our temporary existence.  We would be encouraged to make each day count – to make sure we live our lives enjoying God’s blessings, while seeing the trials not as devastations but as lessons and challenges (in some cases, serious challenges and very difficult lessons).

Some of the members of the first-year Pre-Theology Class – wearing the proper uniform.)

(Some of the members of the first-year Pre-Theology Class – wearing the proper uniform.)

I realize talking about saying good-bye may sound out of place, especially since we’re in the middle of the spring season when we’re supposed to say hello to new life.  But for the men here at Mount St. Mary’s, while they say hello to summer, they must say good-bye to their friends – men with whom they have studied, grown, and prayed with for four, sometimes six years (depending on their course of study).  How do we say good-bye to these people?

Because it’s hard to say good-bye so definitively, we say things like, “Let’s keep in touch”, or “We should plan on getting together,” or simply “See you later.”  That should be true for all swan songs!  There is an innate desire for good friendships and relationships to never end.  And, so in faith, we can legitimately ask, “Why should these good relationships end?”

(These are some of the seminarians who will leave Mount St. Mary’s and attend the North American College in Rome – my alma mater.)

(These are some of the seminarians who will leave Mount St. Mary’s and attend the North American College in Rome – my alma mater.)

Throughout this Deacon Night Banquet, a “last supper” of sorts for these departing seminarians, we heard many toasts and best wishes.  And because these men are seminarians (and they believe it), they also concluded with promises to pray for each other.  Assurance of prayer is the most honest way of saying “we’ll keep in touch!”  Praying for each other must be part of the swan song, because only in prayer can we have any hope that we will ever really see each other again . . . in heaven.

Grace Before Meals tries to encourage people to say a few little prayers together as a family before you eat.  That prayer brings us into a holy communion with God and each other.  And since God is eternal, so our relationships are called to be!  Granted, while these men will hardly spend as much quality time together as they did in their years of formation here at the seminary, these men are called to spend quality time united together in prayer, no matter where they are called to serve.

In prayer they can sense a unique “closeness” to their friends, family, and even deceased loved ones.  That’s what prayer does!  In other words, while everyone will sing a swan song, God has the last word.  And God’s last word is always an invitation to eternal life!  God’s word is never a definitive good-bye.  It is always, “Until we meet again in heaven,” God willing.

Please pray for these men.  Pray that their friendships formed here will continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for them in this difficult, but beautiful vocation.  Pray that they will never cease to pray.  Pray that their swan song will always end with, “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen!”

Food for the Body

Swan-Shaped Pastry Puff!

I was so impressed with the seminarians who hosted the appetizers and post-banquet desserts.

(These are some of the seminarians who will leave Mount St. Mary’s and attend the North American College in Rome – my alma mater.)

(Luke from Bridgeport and Jason from Arlington.)

I was especially impressed with their ideas to make simple desserts into tasty treats with a beautiful presentation.  So instead of a new recipe this week, I’d like to share their idea on how to make cream puffs into a beautiful swan design.

(These are some of the seminarians who will leave Mount St. Mary’s and attend the North American College in Rome – my alma mater.)

Click Here for the Instructions for Swan Shaped Pastry Puffs with Cream

Food for the Soul

It’s easy to say we will try and connect with good friends and family.  I’ll admit, I’m not the best at calling my own family, and with my busy schedule it makes it difficult to drive the distance to visit them as often as I would like.  It takes great discipline and dedication to make sure we do stay in touch, as a way to encourage us along our pilgrimage way.  Even though I may not call home as much, I do pray for my family often.  As such, we do stay together, as the rhyme about praying together has proven.  As these men leave the seminary, please join me in praying that these friends, now brothers in Christ, will continue to encourage each other.  Although this past weekend they sang their swan song for the seminary, we really know that in prayer, faith, hope, and love, we’ll stay close to each other.

Let us pray: Jesus Our Savior, help us to rely on Your goodness and strength to help our relationships grow stronger in the bond of love.  Keep our family and friends ever close to Your care.  Bless these men, leaving the seminary, who will become priests in Your church, so that they will lead Your people as loving spiritual fathers.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Posted May 23rd, 2012 | From the Feedbag, Grace Before Meals, Prayers

 Encouragement and Foundation

Viewers of the show and members of our movement are starting to see how we’re reaching out with food for body, mind, and soul.

Hi Father Leo,

I was watching you on [an EWTN show] this morning with my wife. [We] heard you talking about your new foundation.

I couldn’t find anything about them on your website so they are probably pretty new.   I have a friend whose son is interested in helping the poor and I thought your programs would be perfect.  My friend is from the Philippines…He actually recognized your last name and is going to come up with where the connection is…

Take care, God Bless.

Dan

Film crew and home studio host family for “Savoring our Faith.”

(Film crew and home studio host family for “Savoring our Faith.”)

Dear Dan:

As Grace Before Meals continues to grow, we want to begin the discussion for a foundation that will help connect culture, the culinary world, and the Catholic Faith, as well as outreach to our hungering world.  We have plans to hopefully initiate a nonprofit foundation by the end of the year.  With this foundation, you can help further the movement with a tax-free deduction.  But, as we are still in the initial phases of the foundation, I kindly ask for your prayers that God will continue to guide us in forming a foundation that will truly grow our movement.

Some of the local poor, working families on a Filipino Island. I'd love to make sure some of our foundation money would go directly to feed families with hungry children..

(Some of the local poor, working families on a Filipino Island.  I’d love to make sure some of our foundation money would go directly to feed families with hungry children…)

Hi Father!

I enjoy your show a lot. I’m very touched by the way you link food with God. I loved to cook and bake since I was 7 years old. It’s a passion for me and I truly believe it is a gift of God that I have received. The best part for me is the “sharing” part of it.

Cooking makes me happy, but even more the fact of sharing my cooking either by feeding friends and family or by teaching what I know about it.

Last year, I volunteered cooking classes in [my] Parish in Florida where I held weekly classes. I enjoyed them so much just to see how happy the parishioners were with these classes… And our Pastor, was happy too.

Cooking demonstration in the Philippines at the Berghoff cookware store.

(Cooking demonstration in the Philippines at the Berghoff cookware store.)

Our daughters helped me with the classes and my husband was very happy too with the project.

I’m planning on doing it again this year and YOU are an inspiration to me. We share not only the passion for cooking, but also that link between food and God. Every time we cook together, we sit together and eat together, that communion is there, we can feel it. The energy that is created while we sit around food is just overwhelming! And I speak to my students about it, so they can be conscious about it and then transmit it to their own circle of people.

My big dream is to have a cooking show one day where I could share what I feel and what I know about cooking and sharing, cause both go together. Even as a volunteer, I’d love to share all these nice feelings with others.

Father, please keep me in your prayers. I’ll keep you in mine. By the way, my sister’s son is a Priest and he always encouraged me to continue sharing this gift of God that I have received since I was just a kid.

Thank you so much for your show and for transmitting happiness, hope and faith.

God bless you,

Pam

Cooking event at a private event.

(Cooking event at a private event.)

Dear Pam,

E-mails like this make my day!  To know that our Grace Before Meals movement inspired at least one person to share their gifts and talents for God’s greater glory.  It’s even better that you’re sharing your gifts directly with your local parish church.  I certainly pray, and with your prayers, that all our members, viewers, and fans will discern the talents God gave them and share those talents abundantly with their family, church, community, and the world!  That’s what the Saints did, and that’s what we’re invited to do!

Missionaries of Charity, started by Blessed Theresa of Calcutta, is feeding the world by giving their simple gifts with great love.

(Missionaries of Charity, started by Blessed Theresa of
Calcutta, is feeding the world by giving their simple gifts with great love
.)

Hello Father,

Love what you are doing. It is exciting to get our families saying our prayers before meals.  Also bringing the family back to eating together.

I am a Health Coach and I help my clients by eating fresh growing garden vegetables….washing dishes together…cleaning their pantries and sharing their food, praying with others.  My favorite is meal Fresh tomato and Spaghetti and fresh salad!

Bernadette

Volunteer food servers at a Corpus Christi Youth Event.

(Volunteer food servers at a Corpus Christi Youth Event.)

Bernadette,

It’s great to get kudos from a health coach, especially since my style of cooking isn’t exactly the “healthiest.”  I especially appreciate how you encourage families to pray, work, eat, and clean together!  I consider cleaning up after a family meal “grace AFTER meals.”  And, if you ever have a spaghetti recipe to offer me and our viewers, please be sure to let us know!

Here's a unique spaghetti dish – without red sauce – consisting of black pepper and cheese at Eataly in New York City. Delicious!

(Here’s a unique spaghetti dish – without red sauce – consisting of black pepper and cheese at Eataly in New York City.  Delicious!)

To all the readers:

We appreciate all of the e-mails, questions, and comments.  It reminds us that our mission and our movement are making a difference.  But we still have so much more to do and more places for our message to go!

Ellis Island in New York City – a place that opens up worldwide opportunities!

(Ellis Island in New York City – a place that opens up worldwide opportunities!)

God, our loving Father, I thank You for the opportunity to share a positive message with the world.  You are the initiator, sustainer, and the consolation of the Grace Before Meals movement.  Help us to stay focused, motivated, and ever joyful in our work.  I ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Sky's the limit!

(Sky’s the limit!)

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This Week’s Episode- What God Declared Clean or Unclean!

God put all of creation here for our use. Fr. Leo is joined by avid hunter Fr. Mitch Pacwa to discuss the need for respect for all of God’s creatures as they prepare some wonderful dishes from wild game.

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Posted May 16th, 2012 | Faithful Foodie, Grace Before Meals

Alaska Bound

For my summer vacation, I will be making a trip to Alaska.  While it’s the exact opposite of fun in the sun, I’ve always had a great interest in largest state in the Union.  Eskimos have also been a source of fascination for me.  What kid wouldn’t want to live in an igloo?

Seminarian-made igloo during a big snowstorm in 2010.

(Seminarian-made igloo during a big snowstorm in 2010.)

I realize these stereotypes might be a bit ridiculous.  I know that there’s more to Alaska than that.  But I’ve always wondered how an Eskimo would cook without melting down their house. Well, obviously, I’ll learn all about it soon!

The inside of the igloo and the carving knife that made it.

(The inside of the igloo and the carving knife that made it.)

If there is a stereotype that I’m particularly looking forward to experiencing, it’s the fresh Alaskan salmon.  One of my favorite types of fish, I’ll be very interested in tasting it authentically prepared.

Salmon fillet with capers - my mom's recipe that combines oil, herbs, and capers over a baked salmon.

(Salmon fillet with capers – my mom’s recipe that combines oil, herbs, and capers over a baked salmon.)

But, for now, I’d like to get some viewers’ feedback.  As I normally share my travel suggestions, I now turn to you to share your experiences with me.  Have you ever been to Alaska?  Tell me where I should eat while in Anchorage and surrounding cities?  Do you have any other recommendations (restaurants, off-the-beaten-path tourist spots, fun things to do, and, of course, religious spots to visit) for this faithful foodie’s incredible adventure?

We all love a little adventure, and God made this world for us to master it and enjoy it.

(We all love a little adventure, and God made this world for us to master it and enjoy it.)

I’ll be sure to blog about my experiences or at least update my Twitter and facebook page.  So stay tuned.

(Spelunking in the Philippines. Yes, more adventure!) 

(Spelunking in the Philippines.  Yes, more adventure!)

Father in Heaven, as families begin to prepare for summer vacations and travels, bless us with a great sense of adventure and a humility so that we travel as humble pilgrims – willing to learn and grow in our knowledge of different places, while expanding our faith by experiencing You in these new experiences.  Above all, keep us safe!  May our summer travel plans help us to be recreated, to renew our appreciation and love for each other, and to be filled with awe of the wonderful world you created.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

It's Montana, not Alaska, but I'll see the Alaskan mountains soon!

(It’s Montana, not Alaska, but I’ll see the Alaskan mountains soon!)

Where will you and your family go on vacation?  What has been your favorite vacation spot?  Have there been any unique foods you’ve encountered in your travels?  Have you experienced a renewal of faith in your journeys?  And do you have any Alaska recommendations?  Your comments and suggestions are not only helpful but encouraging.  Thanks for posting your responses below.

(Even more adventure!) 

(Even more adventure!)

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Posted May 9th, 2012 | Menu Inspiration, Recipe, Recipe-Sauce

Menu Inspiration

“Menu Inspiration” gives subscribers exclusive access to original and inspired recipes from Fr. Leo Patalinghug, host of the movement – Grace Before Meals.  If you try this recipe, let us know what you think.  If you have a special recipe that inspires the family to come together more regularly, please share it with us and our faithful foodie community.  Pictures of your food surrounded by your family and friends are always welcome!  Post your comments below.

Mother’s Day Menu

 

Mother’s Day is not a religious holiday – a “holy day of obligation.”  But, in America, there is a sense of an obligation: to make sure that we thank God for our mothers.  I certainly notice an increased number of people who accompany their moms to church on that day.

Me with my mother always making sure I'm cooking it the right way, i.e., her way – with love, that is.

(Me with my mother always making sure I’m cooking it the right way, i.e., her way – with love, that is.)

Moms are a special part of our Grace Before Meals movement.  I tell people at retreats and conferences that from the moment we were conceived in our mother’s womb, we have had a great food advocate in our moms.  Our belly buttons, designed by God, symbolically connect a child to a loving mom who, by her very nature, concerns herself with feeding her child.

Moms with children at the table – a labor of love – which is why I was cooking for these moms that morning at St. John Catholic Church in 2007.

(Moms with children at the table – a labor of love – which is why I was cooking for these moms that morning at St. John Catholic Church in 2007.)

What a great gift we have in mothers!  That’s probably why Jesus established His Church that truly honors His own mother, Mary!

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

(Our Lady of Perpetual Help – National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, Maryland. )

In preparing for Mother’s Day, consider a special meal that returns the favor.  Be sure to give her a delicious meal.  But also assure her that you are also being well fed, especially spiritually, by going to church. Don’t go just for her, but also for yourself.  She’ll never be prouder of you!

Love you mom!

(Group of teens at Steubenville on the Bayou Retreat going to Confession on their own without mom reminding them of their spiritual obligations.  Mom would be proud of them.  I was, and I didn’t even know them!)

Moms know that feeding our hungry souls is ultimately God’s job.  But thank God everyday and not just one day a year, for our own mothers who were willing to feed us the moment that God decided to give us a belly button.

Young couple from Steubenville on the Bayou Retreat. They were pregnant with their first child, hence, my pointing to the life within!

(Young couple from Steubenville on the Bayou Retreat.  They were pregnant with their first child, hence, my pointing to the life within!)

Let Us Pray: Lord, bless our mothers.  Keep them close to Your heart.  Give to us, her children, a profound gratitude and respect for her gift of womanhood and motherhood.  May we, as children of the Church, experience the maternal presence of our Blessed Mother, so that we can truly be brothers and sisters of Jesus, our Lord, forever and ever.  Amen.

A Statue of Our Lady of the Nations.

(A Statue of Our Lady of the Nations. )

Here’s a menu idea that I’m sure your mom would love:
Breakfast in Bed.

Make all of the traditional breakfast foods that your mom loves.  Present a plate of eggs, bacon, and buttered toast, but also add a cup of fresh berries in a delicious, sweet lemon cream sauce. This makes for a nice standalone dish or a fantastic and unique topping over French toast or pancakes!

Mixed berries with sweet cream.

(Mixed berries with sweet cream. Click picture to access recipe! )

Happy Mother’s Day to all!  Tell us what you love most about your mother.  Tell us what’s the best thing she has fed you – physically and spiritually.  Your comments are great witness for us.  They encourage us to keep doing what we’re doing.  Please post your comments below.

 Love you mom!

(Love you mom! )

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Fr. Leo’s Favorite Comfort Foods

Hospitality to those in need is an important tenet of the Catholic faith. Fr. Leo shares his family upbringing in which his parents opened their home to those in need. He shows how a magnificent meal can be extended to include unanticipated guests without breaking the family budget.

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

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Tastefully Truthful

This week, I want to talk about a challenge for people who love food and God.  I call them faithful foodies.  How do you make truth taste good?

Recent taping on the set at FOX 45 Baltimore, promoting the Baltimore Health Expo 2012. Healthy food doesn't always taste as good as the not-so-good-for-you foods. This TV spot gave us a chance to build up flavor and our movement.

(Recent taping on the set at FOX 45 Baltimore, promoting the Baltimore Health Expo 2012.  Healthy food doesn’t always taste as good as the not-so-good-for-you foods. This TV spot gave us a chance to build up flavor and our movement. )

In the culinary world, food should be pure, clean, and fresh tasting.  Salad ought to taste like lettuce and vegetables and not be overwhelmed by heavy salad dressing.  If we are eating fish, it shouldn’t taste like chicken nuggets, like most breaded seafood.  Masking the authentic flavors is a big no-no in the modern food world.  Manipulating ingredients – salt, pepper, oil, vinegar – to highlight natural flavors separates novices from top chefs.

House salad at ABC Kitchen in NYC. Rising star executive chef Dan Kluger is known for bringing out great flavor from simple ingredients. For example, the carrots took on a whole new meaning when perfectly caramelized. Dressing for the salad was so light, you could taste freshness.

(House salad at ABC Kitchen in NYC.  Rising star executive chef Dan Kluger is known for bringing out great flavor from simple ingredients.  For example, the carrots took on a whole new meaning when perfectly caramelized.  Dressing for the salad was so light, you could taste freshness. )

Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we had that same attitude and skill towards proclaiming the truth?  But in a world when political correctness is like another form of religion with its own set of dogmas (we have to be inclusive; we can’t say this; we always have to say that, etc.), we tend to manipulate the truth in such a way that we distort and, in some cases, destroy it.. This is especially the case with language about protecting the dignity of human life!  But in these challenging times, we also have to recognize that our objective is not to cover up the beauty of truth but to understand and manipulate the other factors, like ingredients, to highlight the beauty of it and make the bitter truth more palatable.

With the Sungenis Family after Easter Sunday Mass at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Maryland. Listen to part of my homily. The grand finish unfortunately got cut off on YouTube.

(With the Sungenis Family after Easter Sunday Mass at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Maryland.  Listen to part of my homily.  The grand finish unfortunately got cut off on YouTube. )

Don’t feel guilty about doing that.  When proclaiming the truth, we have to be as smart as parents who top broccoli with little buttered breadcrumbs or incorporate cream and cheese with some spinach to help kids to eat it.

With my new goddaughter, Lillian Hickey, to be baptized on Mother's Day. I have to make sure she is spiritually fed. That's what godparents do.

(With my new goddaughter, Lillian Hickey, to be baptized on Mother’s Day. I have to make sure she is spiritually fed.  That’s what godparents do. )

You get the point.  Jesus certainly understood the art of making eternal truths bite-sized and appetizing.  People came in droves just to savor some of the crumbs that would fall from the Master’s table.

The Last Supper

(The Last Supper)

Each May 2, the Universal Church celebrates St. Athanasius who struggled to learn how to present the truth.  It wasn’t easy for him.  He was a fiery speaker with a temper. Other religious leaders even sought his death. To his credit, he volunteered his own exile, but continued to teach through writings and debates and taught creative and engaging classes to a growing number of students.  Eventually he won over hearts and minds of his enemies, similar to the way parents eventually get children to eat their vegetables.

With a crew of really “tough guys” at the Youth Spectacular held at the Fairgrounds for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas.

(With a crew of really “tough guys” at the Youth Spectacular held at the Fairgrounds for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas. )

Today, St. Athanasius provides a unique example for faithful foodies – people interested in proclaiming truth unmasked but creatively prepared and beautifully presented.  There will always be detractors and hostility towards the Faith.  However, our good example will at least get them to appreciate what we hold dearly as uncompromising truths, even if they don’t agree with or fully understand us.  Using a cooking example, I still don’t enjoy eating liver, but I realize that different forms of preparation make it a bit more palatable.

Depending on how it’s prepared, I can accept liver in bite-sized portions.  With a maturing palate, I can also appreciate those who have a penchant for it.

One of the dishes that will be featured in the upcoming book, “Spicing Up Married Life.” 

(One of the dishes that will be featured in the upcoming book, “Spicing Up Married Life.” )

By our good example, our evident joy in celebrating the sanctity of life, and by developing the skill to present the truth of our faith more joyfully, we can win over hearts and minds of people.  Maybe they won’t eat up everything we’re serving, but, at the very least, they can learn to nibble on bite-sized truth.

 

Let Us Pray: Father in Heaven, make us instruments of Your peace and grace. When we get frustrated about how people reject the beauty of truth, may our patient example inspire us to present it more creatively to win them over.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jack Belby, from St. Mary's Church in Hudson, Ohio, a master at milkshakes.

(Jack Belby, from St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, Ohio, a master at milkshakes.)

Do you have a technique that helps your children eat something they don’t like?  What is the food that you just can’t stand eating?  Was there a food that you eventually began to appreciate when you matured or at least learned better ways to prepare it?  Your comments encourage our movement and tell us that you are being fed by these Blasts.  Please post your comments and questions below. 

What's New

This week’s episode:Soup-er Foods

With all its warmth and flavor, soup can be a one-pot wonder. Fr. Leo shows how just as water can transform some simple ingredients into a tasty dish, it also transforms our lives in washing away sin at our baptism.

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What's New

May 7-8, 2012

What's New

The National Conference For Catechetical Leadership

Town & Country Resort

500 Hotel Circle North

San Diego, California 92108

Contact: Lee Nagel

Website: www.nccl.us

Wednesday, May 9-10

Fr. Leo to speak to the Military Catholic Council of Women and Youth at Fort Belvoir, VA

Contact: CH. Kristi Pappas

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