Posted December 31st, 2014 | Audio, Entertaining Truth, Feast Days, Holiday, New Year

 

Happy New Year to you & your loved ones

May your celebration of this New Year, and the Holy Feast Day of Mary, Mother of God, be a time of grace and joy!

For the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, I once again share my rendition of “Ave Maria” that I sang for the 2015 Entertaining Truth Christmas Radio Show on Sirius XM 129, the Catholic Channel. The Ave Maria is my prayer that each of you discover her motherly love and that we become more like her Child, Jesus our Lord!

Let us Pray:

God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

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Posted December 19th, 2012 | Audio, Holiday, Merry Christmas, Prayers, Recipe, Recipe- Dessert, Video

Advent Prayer & Christmas Blessing

by: Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug, December 2012

Let your Spirit come down upon us like the dewfall.

Behold, the incarnation of God’s saving Grace.

For the babe born at the stable feeding stall,

Revealed God’s love, witnessed face-to-face.

In a time when darkness covers the mind and heart of man,

A Savior, truly God, makes real the hope from above.

His cry, anointed and blessed, expels fear from the land,

And He shows us mercy, faith, hope and God’s just love.

Our restless hearts remain restless until You, Jesus, enter in.

A banquet You bring to starving, empty souls;

Thirst is quenched by the covenant chalice to those who drink,

And for us prodigal ones, His mantle of mercy enfolds.

May this rhyme, prayer, blessing and verse,

Remind us of the divine gift wrapped in Christ’s humanity.

For Mary’s yes brought the gift of God’s birth,

And Christmas brings to souls God’s holy and complete serenity.

  

  

In these final days of Advent preparation, the celebration of Christmas joy, and hopeful expectations of a prosperous New Year, I pray you and your family experience the intercessory love of Holy Mary, St. Joseph, and your saintly patrons, so that you may be filled with God’s abundant love. 

  

I look forward to keeping in touch with you over the coming year, through visits, letters, emails and various appearances. Be sure to stay connected by subscribing to our website www.gracebeforemeals.com, following us on Facebook and Twitter, and telling your friends, families and parishioners to do the same. Also, remember to watch the new season of Savoring our Faith on EWTN and please pray for us as we continue our apostolate of family, food, and faith in 2013.  Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year!

Fr. Leo recently had the opportunity to sing a popular (and prayerful) Christmas Song, “O Holy Night,” accompanied by Mr. Paul Shaffer, the world famous musician who plays for
The Late Shownbsp;with David Letterman.  A link to the performance is below for your “listening pleasure.”

 

Click here to listen to “O Holy Night” by Fr. Leo and Paul Shaffer (The Late Show with David Letterman)

 

Fr. Leo also hosted, “A Very Entertaining Christmas” special for the Catholic Channel, with Tom Leopold. The show will air Christmas Day on SiriusXM 129.  

  

And, because it’s a season of Christmas sweets and Joyful giving, I’d like to share two more special sweet treats!
First, a Christmas cookie recipe that my younger cousin Riza Empeno made for the family.  I asked her where she came up with the idea, and she “admitted” it came straight from Giada DeLaurentis from the Food Network.  And, since I’m not much of a baker, I share this Food Network recipe with all of you – definitely approved by my family.
Click Here for the recipe.
Nephew Emmanuel and Cousin Riza sharing a little sweet treat for a Christmas Party

 Finally, to put us all in the mood, here’s a sweet rendition of a Christmas song.  It’s sung by the great nephew of a priest friend.  Little Benjamin (2 years old) tries his best to sing it for his mother (and for all of you).  But, when he forgets the words, he just makes it up.  Thanks to mom who helps him find the cutest and sweetest ending!

Benjamin's Jingle Bells 2012
Benjamin’s Jingle Bells 2012
AND, be sure to listen to a special NPR interview with Fr. Leo on the show Tell Me More, slated to air on Christmas Eve* at 2pm in the Washington DC area. For broadcast times in your area and to listen to the recording after it airs, you can check out their website here.
*Subject to change.
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Posted September 19th, 2012 | Audio, Events, From the Feedbag, Prayers, Spicing Up Married Life

 

Never Lose Hope

 

This is a very busy week, preparing for the launch of the new book Spicing Up Married Life, as well as preparing for a celebration for my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary. And, in my family, if it’s worth doing, then we will do it BIG!

Mom and Dad-young love at heart!

But there’s always time to answer some of the questions that come our way.  The questions this week are important ones because they speak to the heart of Faith and food matters.  Can we replace things in our faith, as we can substitute ingredients in a recipe?  Although there are ways to do this with food, it doesn’t translate well in our faith.  

 

For example, vibrant songs and really good preaching cannot replace the Sacrament of Eucharist but must be seen as an extension to it. This lesson is important for all faithful foodies to learn, and these questions help spell out an approach to making sure the recipes for our faith and family meals are closely understood and celebrated! 

      

One of my mega-bite burgers-a perfect food example that has easily substituted ingredients, but at the end of the day, it’s still a burger.

 

Dear Father Leo:

 

My adult daughter recently told me that she had tried to attend different Catholic churches but that the sermons never were inspiring or uplifting. She found the Mass boring. She therefore tried a very large Christian church in her neighborhood.  She found it to be exactly what she was searching for. The sermons were very inspirational and brought the message of Christ into the reality of her daily life. She then was connected to a group that met each week for Bible study. She has never shown so much enthusiasm in discussing the Bible. And she tells me that she never misses the Sunday service!

 

 

Young men on a discernment vocation camp, praying before the Eucharist-an irreplaceable part of the Catholic Faith.

 

Although I tried to teach her about our faith as a child, sent her to Catholic High School, and took her to Sunday Mass each week, she also told me that she never really believed in the Eucharist. It breaks my heart to think of this.  Please give me any and all advice you can.

 

Thank you,

 

A Heart Broken Mom

 

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Dear Heart Broken Mom:

 

First, never lose hope.  This situation is unfortunately very typical, simply because some people feel they aren’t being “fed” at Mass.  The Mass, for those who understand it, offers the Word of God and the Eucharist.  While that should be enough, it is understandable (on a human level) that people crave a vibrant community, faith education-especially about the Scriptures- and want to feel inspired and experience joy.  Let’s admit it: some churches need to work on these things, and I’m very sad that your local parishes didn’t provide this for your daughter.  So don’t feel like it’s your fault, as your daughter’s decision is just a natural reaction to something missing in her life.  Families need to bring these needs to the parish priests, church staff, and lay ministers. At the same time, families need to proactively seek out organizations and events outside of Mass that will give children a fuller picture of Faith-outside of the one-hour Mass obligation.  

 

Huge Crowds of the young faithful who participated in one of the Steubenville summer retreats this past summer.  Parents are encouraged to get their kids involved in these or similar programs to enhance their experience of church outside of Sunday Mass. Check out my homily at one of these masses.

 

While it is important for you to be grateful for the fact that your daughter continues to go to a Christian Church, you also need to learn more apologetics and lovingly (and patiently) share this information with your daughter.  The Eucharist is a profound Faith reality that your daughter will eventually have to confront-after all, unless we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we will have no life in us.

 

I recommend that you do a little more learning and teaching about these essential aspects of Faith, called apologetics, a lot less worrying, and engage in more loving conversations with your daughter about Faith.  And the best way to have this discussion is a delicious dinner.  While you cannot (yet) agree on the Everlasting Food of Heaven, you can at least try to reach your daughter’s heart and mind by going through her stomach. 

 

 At a high school youth rally in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

Dear Fr. Leo:

 

I was looking at your Easter pasta and asparagus recipes, and I am wondering what ingredient I can substitute for the wine in any recipe.  There are Catholics who can no longer consume alcohol, and I am dating one of them! And by the way, I love your cooking show!
– C

 

A presentation at Black Ankle Winery in Maryland-top-notch wine!

 

Dear C,

 

I’m glad you like the show.  Coming soon:-all-new episodes, including some filming that I’ll be doing in Rome!  Now on Wednesdays at 6:00PM EDT on EWTN.

 

 Filming for the show.

As for using a white wine substitute, I recommend a combination of a ¼ cup of chicken broth, 2 Tbsp of white wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp of water, and ¼ cup of ginger ale or non-alcoholic beer.  While it will never have the deep flavor that comes from wine, it will have some mellowness and tartness to give a richer flavor to sauces and reductions.  Bon appétit!

 

 Wine-tasting on one of our faithful foodie excursions! 

 And remember, our new book is coming out on September 22nd. You can now preorder from our website. Subscribed members receive a discount.  Also, these make great gifts for all couples-whether they’re seriously dating, engaged couples, young parents, empty nesters, and even couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary, like my own parents!

Let us pray: Father in Heaven, I pray for all those who send emails and questions to me, those who are part of our movement, and in a special way, those who are separated from the Faith.  May our work in the new evangelization be a source of community, inspiration, and vibrancy for all those who hunger for God.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Your questions, comments and responses are very encouraging. They tell us that our message is making an impact.  Please leave your comments below. 

  •  How did I do in answering the question about the daughter going to another church? 
  • What advice would you give in this situation?  
  • Do you cook with wine?
  • If you are unable to use wine in your meals, do you have a favorite wine substitute?
Event: Spicing Up Married Life Pre-Release Event at St. John’s Regional School in Frederick, MD
 
Tonight, Fr. Leo gave families from St. John’s Regional school a special treat by cooking one of his new dishes from his latest book, Spicing Up Married Life, called Bacon and Butternut Squash Creamy Brandy Penne Pasta, and giving out the first copies of the book to the general public in anticipation for Saturday’s release date.
 
Event: Fr. Leo to Appear on FOX 45 on Friday, September 21!
 
Fr. Leo will also be seen on Baltimore FOX 45 Morning News this Friday, appearing at 9:45am to talk about the book and his mission to save marriages and families with faith-filled lessons and delectable meals for two. He will also be appearing on a radio show on Q1370 with Maynard Edwards and Shari Elliker later that afternoon.
 
Event: 40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally 
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012. 
Fr. Leo will be among the speakers kicking off the 40 Days for Life rally event this Saturday as hundreds of people will gather to support those who need it most: the unborn. Fr. Leo will be speaking at 11am and will have his new book available to commemorate the release, while encouraging couples to place their love for one another in God. So come kickoff 40 Days for Life this Saturday.
Location: Calvary Chapel, 8064 New Cut Road, Severn (Baltimore/Annapolis)
 
Event: The 50th Anniversary of Carlos and Fe Patalinghug (Fr. Leo’s Parents) 
Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Of course, Fr. Leo and his family have a most special celebration to commemorate Saturday as his parents will celebrate 50 years of marriage. It is through their example in faith and love that inspires Fr. Leo everyday to share the “recipe” for a strong marriage: faithfulness, sacrifice, selflessness and of course, good food. We congratulate them on their milestone and pray for many more years together.

 

EventCatholic Harvest Food Pantry/York Catholic High School Fund Raiser
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Come out and support the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry in York, which helps feed the poor. Proceeds from the event will also go towards the Tuition Assistance Fund at York Catholic High School which offers financial assistance to students. Fr. Leo will be available for a VIP meet and greet before the main event which will be a presentation on “Grace Before Meals” with a cooking demonstration using a delicious recipe for Penne Alla Vodka. Fr. Leo will also be available for book signing.

Location : York Catholic High School, 601 East Springettsbury Avenue, York, PA
Contact : Lynne S 717-747-3476 Frleotickets@comcast.net
Website:  http://www.yorkcatholic.org/HomePage/tabid/118/mid/571/ItemId/268/Fr-Leo-Grace-Before-Meals.aspx  
NEXT WEEK:
 
 Fr. Leo is going back to Great Falls, MT to speak at the Montana Catholic Conference September 28-29. 

Click here to find out more: http://gracebeforemeals.com/montana-catholic-conference 

 
All the while, Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville, MD is offering their second church wide “date night” and will have Spicing Up Married Life books available for any couple who would like to take advantage of free babysitting and a romantic evening with your spouse, whether dating, engaged or married. Check out the Catholic Review Article at http://www.catholicreview.org/article/home/parish-national-efforts-fortify-marriages-through-date-nights 
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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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Be sure to watch this week’s episode of “Savoring the Faith” on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST.

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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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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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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New TV Show on EWTN this Sunday at 8:30pm EST!

Be sure to mark your personal calendars and the family refrigerator calendars for these exciting opportunities.

(A trio of penne pastas for a five-course dinner – an auction prize for Catholic Charities!)

(A trio of penne pastas for a five-course dinner – an auction prize for Catholic Charities!)

Tour the Secrets of Napa Valley!

June 23-28, 2012. Food and wine lovers, reserve NOW for another opportunity in Napa Valley.  Our Fruit of the Vine Tour was so popular and well-received that we’re returning for more faithful and culinary inspiration. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot now!

(One of the international award-winning vineyards to visit.)

(One of the international award-winning vineyards to visit.)

The International Premier – Primetime!

Savoring Our Faith on EWTN

(Click to play the promo for Fr. Leo’s new Show on EWTN: Savoring Our Faith)

Sunday March 4, 2012, at 8:30 p.m.  Be sure to watch the international premier of the full-length series – Savoring Our Faith on EWTN.  Fr. Leo’s little cooking clips on EWTN were so popular the network offered a primetime spot for a full series that features original recipes, special guests, and more faithful foodie inspiration that will feed you – body, mind, and spirit! Tell family and friends!

(Yes, I made desserts and even baked off some tuile.)

(Yes, I made desserts and even baked off some tuile.)

Spicing Up Married Life!

We continue to move forward in finalizing our book designed specifically for couples – dating, engaged, new, and senior married couples.  The response to be recipe testers was so great that we took extra time to prayerfully consider who would participate in this unique opportunity.  We have finalized this extensive list and those names selected will be notified with details.  To those who offered help, stay tuned for exclusive discounts on the book when it’s published this year – just in time for wedding seasons and the holidays!

(Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) with their healthy, happy, and bountifully blessed grandchildren.)

(Picture of my grandparents, who were married some 60+ years!  Grandpa has gone to God, but grandma is still praying her rosary.)

See, Hear, and Taste the message yourself!

If interested in booking a Grace Before Meals presentation, don’t delay.  The schedule continues to fill up quickly for 2013, as we bring our message to all parts of the country and the world!

Watching our segments on TV or online is fun, and we love the cyberspace interactions.  However, everyone who personally experiences Fr. Leo during live presentations says it’s more intense and, in some cases, “life changing,”  Afterwards, some people say they see their faith, their family meals, and the Eucharist differently, more deeply.  Nothing is better than hearing the Grace Before Meals message in person and tasting the food yourself!  So book early, and be sure to check out where Fr. Leo be next!

(Event in Folsom, Ca. Fr. Leo shares his message with a packed house. Thank God Jesus is there to "multiply" the food!)

(Event in Folsom, Ca.  Fr. Leo shares his message with a packed house.  Thank God Jesus is there to “multiply” the food!)

Let Us Pray:

God, continue to bless our Grace Before Meals movement and all of those who are a part of it.  Keep us fixed on our mission to bring families closer to our family dinner table and to Your Family Table of the Last Supper.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(A trio of penne pastas for a five-course dinner – an auction prize for Catholic Charities!)

(Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) with their healthy, happy, and bountifully blessed grandchildren.)

Do you have questions for Fr. Leo?  If you ever had a chance to experience a Grace Before Meals presentation, give us your testimony.  Your comments, question, and even concerns help bring our movement to even more hearts, homes, and dinner tables.  Post your comments below!

(Fr. Leo at the International Festival and Celebration at Corpus Christi ,Tx., Cathedral.)

(Fr. Leo at the International Festival and Celebration at Corpus Christi ,Tx., Cathedral.)

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