Fall into Grace

Fall is my favorite season.  The chillier “sweater-weather” brings some seriously savory foods.  October also brings with it some fantastic opportunities to grow in our knowledge of food and faith.  Since we can get so busy with all of events and travels, I wanted to highlight some upcoming events and news notes for our faithful foodies – that means you!
Fall is a great time to use some extra spice, thanks to the good folks at Tabasco for a great gift of spicy sauces.
Traveling with Fr. Leo and the Grace Before Meals Family:  It’s our objective to make connections between food, faith and culture. The best way to do that is through our culinary and Catholic-infused pilgrimages. These trips have become real opportunities for conversion because it opens people up to new ideas and sensory experiences of the universal faith.
Please be sure to reserve for any of the coming trips and bring a friend:
1) November 9-14, 2014 – Napa Valley Pilgrimage(SOLD OUT)
2) December 1-5,  2014 – NYC with Fr. Leo and Tom Leopold (EXCLUSIVELY for Sirius XM members)
3) June 18-28, 2015 – Shroud of Turin and World Food Fair in Italy with Fr. Leo and Gus Lloyd (SOLD OUT)
4) August 23-September 3, 2015 – Taste of Spain’s Mystical Meals (call now to pre-reserve your spot @ 800.848.4842).
5) October 25-November 6, 2015 – Faith and Food Tours of the Holy Land (Rescheduled from February. Call now to reserve your spot @ 800.848.4842)
Exclusively for Sirius XM Subscribers.
Booking Fr. Leo for Events:
We will soon be opening up our dates for new events in the fall of 2015 and beyond. Consider hosting a Grace Before Meals event at your parish.  If you have a team of people who want to spread this fantastic message, be in touch with our project manager Joe Hansbrough (jhansbrough@gracebeforemeals.com) who can help you develop one of the most dynamic events your parish, diocese or organization has ever seen!  It’s true!  These events change lives, while having food-tastic fun at the same time.  To book an event, click here.

 

Entire families come out for Fr. Leo’s events. A great way to bring the family together!
What’s on the Table?  The Table Foundation:
We will soon announce the official Table Foundation Initiative to all of our subscribed members.  So many of our Grace Before Meals members have wanted to contribute and share some of their blessings with our organization in order to help spread the love and to make room at the table for even more members.  Now, you can be part of our non-profit charitable outreach which will do some rather incredible things.  Stay tuned for more information very soon!
We’re excited to launch The Table Foundation and do more good for those most in need.

Let us pray:

Father in Heaven, as we arrive to October, help us to be mindful of the many needs we have in our family and in our communities.  Keep us open to being generous in serving you by serving one another.  Remind us to take time to pray, and teach us how to be ever aware of your abiding presence.  Grant us the courage to be like your saints!  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   

(1) Have you ever heard or experienced one of Fr. Leo’s presentations?  If so, what did you think of it?
(2) Do you have any recommendations for chilly weather foods?
(3) What would you like the newly coming “Table Foundation” to do, and how do you think you can get involved?
Your comments, questions and responses are helpful to our organization. Please let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

 

 

10/2/14

Troy, MI

 

10/4/14

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Posted September 24th, 2014 | Dinner Discussion, Events, In Memory

 

An Ironic Super September
For some reason, when the month of September rolls around, I feel like it goes so quickly that I already feel the pressure of Christmas shopping!  There’s an ironic truth about how being busy makes the time go faster while the devil can tempt us when we’re idle and bored.  So, thank God for a busy September!
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Let me recap my month.  (By the way, this list is not to “show off” but a personal exercise for me to keep my own sanity!). In this month alone, I had speaking, cooking, or media events in New York City, New Jersey, the western part of Maryland, Washington DC, Ohio, Denver, Little Rock, Arkansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  In that time, I recorded 4 episodes of my radio show, “Entertaining Truth and 3 new traveling episodes of “Savoring our Faith (LINK)”  We continue to make great progress with my newest project, “The Table Foundation” – which, if you’ve ever started a non-profit, it’s an exercise of “hurry-up-and-wait.” 
 
In the meantime, our team is organizing trips to bring you and the good news around the world through our faith, food, and culture trips to New YorkItalyNapa Valley.  Soon we will extend invitations to the Holy Land and Spain in 2015.  In light of the Papal visit to the Philippines, I’m participating in discussions to travel there in January 2015.  On top of all that, I’m coordinating a “meet and greet” for people interested in learning more about the Consecrated Life through my community Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite set for October 8

 

This is the picture that I took of the Holy Father at a General Audience. He looked after I yelled out, “I want to cook for you!”
Despite my sheer busyness, I can honestly say that it all pales in comparison to the busyness that a family goes through, especially if it’s a young growing family.  So, while I’m busy, my project manager and his wife are extra busy!  Can you please join me in welcoming a new member of the Grace Before Meals family:  Joshua Giorgio Hansbrough, the son of my project manager, Joe and Erica Hansbrough, and the little brother to Grace.
Joshua Giorgio Hansbrough, born 8 lbs 4 oz, named after Joe’s brother Joshua (died 1982) and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Joe’s late father James considered them some of his favorite ‘heaven dwellers’.
As many of you know from working with him to schedule or coordinate events, Joe Hansbrough is just as busy behind the computer or phones while I’m busy on the road.  Joe reports that Joshua Giorgio is a real “eater” and has great metabolism!  Can’t wait for the opportunity to cook for him as I did for his big sister – another really good eater!
Grace mastering the pasta twirl with my creamy basil pesto linguine.
Joshua Giorgio was born on September 11, 2014. On that eerie day for airlines, I was on a plane headed to Denver to film a catechetical segment for the Augustine Institute.  If you’re familiar with the Grace Before Meals story, you’ll see the irony.  The idea of Grace Before Meals was intimately connected to the tragic date of September 11.  With Joshua Giorgio, September 11 now has extra special meaning.  God works in ironic, beautiful and wonderfully mysterious ways.  A date that reminds people of death and destruction. But for people of faith, this date becomes a date to remember hope, courage, fortitude; a day of new life, and increases love for people that extends beyond the limits of life on earth.
The New York City skyline.
Maybe because of my transition into a community of Consecrated Life I’ve been more aware of the ironic and providential ways that God has been encouraging and affirming our Grace Before Meals apostolate. Little signs, like encouraging emails, cards from children, affirming encounters, and now the celebration of the new life of Joshua Giorgio on September 11th speaks to my heart about how God does not give up on humanity.  It’s my prayer that in the increasing challenges of our economy, politics, social struggles and world wars, I pray that humanity doesn’t give up on God!
Image of the original Holy Stairs of St. Joseph in the Loretto Chapel in New Mexico.

Let us pray:

Despite our busyness God, may we always hear your voice speak to us a word of encouragement, reminding us to pray, to find quiet, and to never forget your presence in the dignity of humanity and the gift of life!  We pray for all who continue to struggle in the aftermath of world tragedies and those who silently struggle in their hearts and homes.  I pray that all will be faithful to see the providence of God, sometimes working through the irony of life.  May we never give up on you God, as we know You are always faithful to us.  Amen.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   

 

Your comments encourage us in our efforts. Please post your comments here.
(1)  Did you celebrate a new birth in the month of September?
(2)  How do you encourage people in difficult situations?
(3)  Is there a go-to-meal to help you get through the challenges of life?
(4)  Do you have an ironic situation that helped you find God’s presence?

9/25/14

9/28/14

    

 

ST. ANNE PARISH CELEBRATION

Pittsburgh, PA

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Posted August 20th, 2014 | Epic Food Fight, Events, Faithful Foodie

 

 
 
When it is Right to Retreat
Currently, I am up in Montreal for a personal priestly retreat, and it is truly a wonderful place to reflect and pray. When you consider there is so much history and even some nice eateries nearby, I think a great pilgrimage is in the making (possibly Fall 2016). It has been great to take the time for a retreat, which, thankfully, is actually something I have to do. It is essential for clergy, religious and lay people alike to take time out of their busy schedule and spend it with God. Much like you make time to eat (assuming you are so fortunate), let us make the time to pray. You can combine the two by saying Grace Before Meals….dot com. (hehe)

The Notre Dame du Cap Basilica Shrine near Montreal is an impressive place of prayer and history. It’s also a place where the founder of my community, Fr. Louise Marie Parent (Voluntas Dei) prayed and ministered.

This past weekend, I was able to minister to hundreds of Filipino youth from Canada and the USA at the

Bukas-Loob Sa Diyos (BLD) Covenant Community. It was held in Kearny NJ at the Archdiocese of Newark Retreat Center, just 10 minutes away from the impressive Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark. The event was aimed at the Filipino community to grow stronger in their Catholic Faith by showing them the Sacred and how it affects our lives. We also addressed how the Secular world should not be seen as separate from our church life, but part of God’s creation, and one in need of genuine witness. Finally, there was a strong emphasis for these people to be a strong part of the New Evangelization, as our actions can speak louder than words often times. And let me say, this group was loud and full of spirit!

Youth from the BLD Conference. They have inspiring faith at such a young age!

The faith, reverence and joy that the attendees to the event had is exactly what we are all called to have in our everyday lives. I know very well how tough it is to make time, but if there is an opportunity for a retreat or day of reflection at your local parish or within your Diocese, you should take it. We are much more likely to grow in our faith when we are focused on it, and retreats are a fantastic place to start as you can truly immerse yourself in it. When we are spiritually fed, we are more nourished and able to be a force for the good in this world. Similarly, it is then when we are most able to make a difference in the lives of those around us. In a world rife with Christian persecution and people in great need, may God grant you the virtues of courage, faith, hope and love to serve Him through actions of kindness and selflessness.

The events I speak at are great opportunities to be fed spiritually and sometimes with actual food! We strive to show people not only the importance of making time for family and one another, be it at the dinner table or in family life situations, but to give thanks to God for giving us these gifts. So check out the calendar in the coming months and find out if I am near you, and I will hope to connect with you there. May you find the time to be nourished, because that’s what God wants for you. And don’t be afraid to retreat and surrender to God’s love and mercy.

Leave comments below and if you would like to find a time to create an event, go to the “Book Fr. Leo” to bring me out to your parish or community.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  

  • When was the last retreat you went on?
  • Where are your favorite places to reflect, pray or just ‘get away’?
  • Are there any events coming up that you would like to attend?

Please post your comments HERE, as these help our movement learn and grow. 

 

Let us pray:

 

Father, we take the time to praise you for your love and providence. We thank you for the many blessings we have, be it food to eat, family and friends to cherish, a home to live in, or a job to help provide for those we love. May we make more time for you in our daily lives, and we pray for those who are persecuted for their faith, who go hungry everyday or don’t have a shelter to call home. Have mercy on them and may we be true disciples, providing our help however possible to those in need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

READ: Fr. Leo Interviewed on BeautyInBelief.com

 

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READ: Fr. Leo’s Eggplant Caponata Recipe featured on CatholicMom.org

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8/23/14 – 8/26/14

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God Is (Isaiah 12:2)

God is. Simply put, to say the least. But what a big statement! What, or more accurately, who is God to you? There is no answer that can encompass the entirety of God, for He is entirety and then so much more. But the Prophet Isaiah has a pretty good answer for us to consider:

“BEHOLD, GOD IS MY SALVATION, I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID; FOR THE LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND SONG, AND HE HAS BECOME MY SALVATION.”  

ISAIAH 12:2
Watch the promo video for Steubenville Youth Conferences 2014

I will be at 3 Steubenville Youth Conferences this year, and as you may have guessed, the theme is “God Is”. This weekend, I will once again be going to Steubenville On The Bayou, at the Houma Civic Center in Houma, LA, then I will be at Steubenville Atlantic (in Canada) (7/4- 7/6/14) and Steubenville Main Campus 5 (7/18-7/20/14). And what wonderful opportunities to come together with so many young people ready to be set on fire with love for God in their faith.

I will be giving more than giving a talk, but will also be leading the entertainment like last year, and am looking forward to the fun waiting to be had. More than just talks and musical performances, there is a true unity felt among the crowds of young people and adults, all brought together in the love of God.

The theme of “God Is” should provoke you to think about what that means to you. Is it a statement, or is it the start of a sentence? Even the most devout would benefit from seeking to find out more about who God is in their lives. I highly encourage you, your children or any young person you think would benefit from the experience to try and make it out to one of these conferences. There is a full listing HERE.

The third episode for Epic Food Fight: Fr. Leo makes Blessed ‘Milk & Honey’ Salad

Also, you can check out my Epic Food Fight video, preparing Blessed ‘Milk & Honey’ Salad by clicking the picture above. Check it out and let us know what you think! Finally, I want to encourage anyone interested in joining me for pilgrimages to Napa Valley (11/9-11/14/14) and the Holy Land (2/1-2/12/15) to register soon. The deadline for Napa Valley is July 7, so call Corporate Travel Service at 313-565-8888 x 122 to register today.

I’ll hope you are excited for the journey ahead to seek who, what, or that God is. God is.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  

  • What does the Steubenville Conferences’ theme “God Is” mean to you?
  • Have you been to a Steubenville Conference before? How was your experience?
  • Have you ever engaged in a conversation about who God is with a non-believer? What happened?

Please post your comments below as these help our movement learn and grow. 

 

Let us pray:

 

God, may we come to seek you are in all things, for you are all that we desire and you provide all that we need. May we trust that you are here with us always, and that you know what is best. May we surrender our hearts, our fears and our ambitions to you, so that you may do with us what is most pleasing to you. We love you always, and ask your blessing on all people, whether young or old, rich or poor, big or small. May many come to love you more through these conferences and in the work we do for your glory. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.  

This Week’s Recipe:

 

BEER-B-Q ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ONIONS

 

6/27/14 – 6/29/14

 

 

STEUBENVILLE ON THE BAYOU

Houma, LA

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Posted June 11th, 2014 | Events, From the Feedbag, GIFT, Media, Video

Giving the GIFT of Holy Communion with Gluten Consciences

Since the introduction of the newest liturgical vessel, The GIFT: Gluten Intolerant Faithful Thanksgiving, we have had an overwhelming positive response.  There were also a few questions, which I hope to answer in this “From the Feed Bag.”

Click to watch the official video for The GIFT and learn more.

Can people diagnosed with Celiac Disease receive the special low-gluten host approved by the Catholic Church?

 

There is a difference between people who have a gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy, and celiac disease.  The special hosts approved by the Catholic Church have the lowest possible amount of wheat in order to be valid for sacramental consecration.  As the video shows, even people with celiac disease may be able to receive the host without any noticeable physical reactions.  With the GIFT and approved special low gluten hosts, the Church has addressed the special considerations of those with celiac disease in the most pastorally and seriously approved way possible. 

 

Tabernacle of St. Patrick’s Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

If the priest uses both hands for the “fraction rite” is there still a chance of “cross contamination” even if he uses his other hand to distribute the special approved hosts from the GIFT vessel?

 

 

The Church has the responsibility to be attentive to people with gluten conditions (allergies, intolerances, or diseases) while avoiding the temptation to be scrupulous and obtuse in regards to handling the sacred hosts.  While the fraction rite (i.e., when the priest breaks the host) means that the priest uses both hands, the moisture from his hands alone provides enough “cleansing” to safely distribute the special low gluten host in a pastorally attentive way.  Using the other hand (after wiping on the corporal) also helps to avoid fears of cross contamination. 

 

Missionaries of Charity Novices praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Why can’t people with gluten conditions just use the chalice and receive the Precious Blood?

 

Drinking the Precious Blood from the chalice provides the communicant the full sign of Communion.  However, many churches do not offer Communion under both Forms.  Some also prefer not to receive the Sacred Blood for personal hygienic concerns, which is why some churches do not offer the Precious Blood during flu season.  Some also have personal or other medical reasons for not receiving the consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ. This GIFT simply provides an easy way to give Communion without drawing more attention to the person with the special gluten concerns.

 

Is this a real concern for the church? Are we somehow making these “diets” a bigger deal?

 

 

Gluten conditions are medical conditions, which the Church takes very seriously.  Creating the GIFT is a pastoral response to a biological problem that is unfortunately growing in numbers.  It’s not the Church’s position to disregard or dismiss, but to be attentive to people who have special conditions.  The GIFT provides a pastoral and sacred way to easily distribute Communion without calling too much attention to those persons, and without creating hassle for the priest or liturgists during this most sacred time at Mass.

 

 

Why is the GIFT more expensive than those pyxes that many people have?

 

 

When creating the GIFT, I made a prayerful and conscious decision to work with Alviti Creations, a reputable Catholic Family owned vessel-making company with experience for the past 40 years.  They told me they do not make sacred vessels with cheap materials.  It’s our shared philosophy that the GIFT ought to be a worthy vessel, keeping with the liturgical laws and sacred traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith.  The Church believes that the consecrated hosts, even if they are low gluten, are the Body of Christ deserving more than cheap materials or an inferior plastic lined pyx. This is a sacred vessel because it holds the Most Sacred Gift. Working with Alviti Creations has been a blessed decision, and I’m proud to be their partner in this special project.

 

 

Praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the Eucharist Chapel of the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.

 

Where can I get the GIFT?

 

 

You can order your GIFT by contacting Alviti Creations, or by contacting your local liturgical distributor. It’s important to speak with your pastor and the pastoral / liturgical team about this good news for special Communion needs.  This also provides a real opportunity for the entire parish to have a catechetical “refresher” on the spiritual and practical aspects of receiving Holy Communion, i.e., going to confession, showing the proper piety and posture for Communion, and also pastorally letting people know that special gluten concerns ought not prevent you from receiving Holy Communion.

 

 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  

  • What do you think of this vessel?
  • Do you have other questions about this vessel?
  • Will you please take action, and help spread this message to your parishes and families?

Please post your comments HERE, as these help our movement learn and grow. 

 

 

Let us pray:

 

Father, thank You for the Gift of the Eucharist, and for sending Your spirit upon the Church with the idea for this new vessel.  We pray for all who receive Communion, may they do so with hearts that are humble, joyful and most importantly hungry for Your saving Grace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

 

WATCH: Fr. Leo on ‘The World Over with Raymond Arroyo’ on EWTN

 

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Fr. Leo was a special guest on ‘The World Over with Raymond Arroyo’ on June 5, 2014. Fr. Leo speaks on Grace Before Meals and The GIFT Vessel in greater details.

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Fr. Leo returns to FOX45 to share his new invention for those with a gluten intolerance who want to receive communion during Mass: The GIFT (Gluten Intolerant Faithful Thanksgiving). Watch him explain it further and share the news!

Click to hear Fr. Leo’s interview on The Good Catholic Life

Fr. Leo talks with Michael Lavigne and Dom Bettinelli about the necessity of grace before meals, of feasting and fasting, and of understanding how God wants to satisfy our hungers even as He hungers for us.

6/17/14

  
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News Feed!

Remember the video, when I asked for prayers about a discernment decision regarding my application to a religious community called, Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite? Well, I have some news for you.

 

On the feast of St. Joseph, I received official word that I have been accepted as an aspirant member to the Institute!  That means that for the next several years – 7 years to be exact – I formally continue discernment and formation in the life of this unique community.  The community’s charism is dedicated to saying “Yes” to God’s will, especially in the efforts of evangelization.

Stopping by the youth group gathering for a recent mission for St. Timothy Catholic Church near Tampa, Florida.

This impacts my day-to-day priestly responsibilities, and I know many people may have questions about what this all means.  So, for the next two email blasts, I will have a few Q & A’s about this transition. 

 I hope these informational blasts (i.e., news feeds) will help answer your questions as we continue our work to give good news (i.e., evangelize) that truly feeds your soul!

Will I still be a Catholic priest?

OF COURSE! I will remain a Roman Catholic Priest in good standing in the Roman Catholic Church.  I love my priestly vocation and seek only to be a better priest by trying to live out the calling that God has given to me. So, do not worry. Voluntas Dei is a type of religious community with status as a “Pontifical Rite,” meaning it is approved by the Pontifical Council for Consecrated Life, i.e., a commission established by the Pope according to official Church Law.

  

One of the families I met at the Jacksonville Eucharistic Congress for the Diocese of St. Augustine Florida.

How did I make this decision?

I have been thinking of Voluntas Dei since 2002 when I first met one of the Voluntas Dei priests serving in one of my parish assignments.  He had a silent but profound influence on my spirituality and my understanding of the Church and the different forms of priestly ministries.  I first approached my bishop in 2007 about my desire to discern Voluntas Dei, the same year I was asked to be on faculty at the seminary.

When the assignment at the seminary ended in 2012, I immediately engaged the discernment process with the Voluntas Dei community.  Now, after 15 years of Diocesan priesthood and over 7 years of active discernment, I am very grateful to have received the permission of the Archbishop and the acceptance as an aspirant member of Voluntas Dei Institute.

  

I was also welcomed as a member of Chefs for Peace – a group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim chefs who work together to bring about peace through the gift of food.

Where will I live?

Baltimore is home for me.  It’s where I grew up, where I was ordained. Here, I’m close to my family and close to my community of priest friends, and of course, it’s the home of Grace Before Meals.  Me and another Voluntas Dei priest will also be organizing the local monthly “group/team meetings” which will be open to any person seeking to learn more about the spirituality and community life of this Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite.  You’ll read more about that in upcoming email blasts.

While I am based in Baltimore, my work requires me to travel a lot, similar to St. Paul –  a missionary preacher. Actually, extensive traveling priestly ministry is what I’ve been doing as a Baltimore priest with the blessing of the previous Bishops for the past several years. Now however, all of my apostolic activities with Grace Before Meals, including giving missions, presentations, cooking demonstrations, retreat leadership, classes, and talks, will all be under the direction of Voluntas Dei and with the approval and blessing of the Superior/Director.

  

Me with Host Nicki Mayo for “The List” – Check out the video here.

What will I do now that I’m an aspirant member of a secular institute?  

My primary work will be to lead the apostolate of Grace Before Meals. I’m so grateful that the Institute finds value in this unique priestly work!  I will also be organizing “The Table Foundation” which will serve as the nonprofit charitable component of Grace Before Meals. These duties will be coordinated through a new Catholic Media and Marketing Group called, Messenger Eagle Communications, which produces the efforts of Grace Before Meals and other dynamic Catholic resources.

While serving in the field of evangelization, I will also be going through personal and group formation with Voluntas Dei.  Each month, our community gathers for ongoing formation by learning more about the writings and teachings of the founder, Fr. Louise Marie Parent.  As a community, we will deepen our theological awareness of Catholic Church Teachings, while building a true sense of charity and fraternity among our members. Above all, we dedicate our lives to praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that each of us will know and follow God’s unique will for us.

  

This t-shirt says a lot about the work of Voluntas Dei – to pray as if everything depended on God!

More to Come:

We make our news feeds short because we know it’s hard to handle a lot of information all at one time. I’ll be sending out more bite sized pieces of information in future email blasts to keep explaining this new vocational change for me and what it means to be a Secular Institute Priest.  I’ll even send out invitations by Facebook and Twitter  for those who may be interested in learning more about this community.

For now however, please join me in prayer of thanksgiving for this great opportunity to serve the Catholic Church as a priest in the Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite.  Please know that I’m grateful for your support, and I pray that this news will feed your soul.

This young man says that he enjoys my TV show, Savoring our Faith, on EWTN each Sunday @ 5:00pm EDT. He asked me to cook for him one day, but I’m sure I’ll have to cook much BIGGER portions!

 

 

Let us Pray:

God our Father, You call us to a renewed life in the Spirit, to serve You according to Your unique plan, and according to the unique gifts that You have given each of Your children.  May all take up the great work to discern God’s plan in their life, and may they recognize and receive how God gives them strength to follow His Will in Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. 

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 

  • Have you ever considered becoming a member of a religious community – whether as a priest, lay person or even a married couple?
  • Do you have questions about Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite?
  • How do you know if something is God’s will for you?  

Your comments and questions are an important part of sharing our message and our meals.  Please leave your comments below.

If you’re in the Baltimore/Washington area and would like to learn more about Secular Institutes, please contact me at askfrleo@gracebeforemeals.com.


This Week’s Lenten Recipe from CRS Rice Bowl:
 
 
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CRS Rice Bowl Global Kitchen: For Lent, For Life
 
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Yorba Linda, CA
 
4/12/14
 
Fombell, PA
 
4/12/14 – 4/15/14
 
Brunswick, OH
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