Frying Rice & Grilling Ray Rice
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To cook fried rice well, allow it to dry by keeping it in the refrigerator, uncovered.  Drying the rice is essential before attempting to fry it in oil, whether using sesame seed or peanut oil.  Add the right amount of seasoning, choice of meats, veggies and viola – you have the perfect fried rice. The variety of flavors and ingredients is your choice, but let it dry out first. If you avoid this step, you will get a clumpy and greasy mess.

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This cooking tip has been helpful for me as I try and figure out my thoughts regarding Ray Rice.  [Yes, I make food connections with just about everything.  That’s just how my mind works, ok?!?] The incriminating viral video of the popular football player physically knocking out his then-fiancée-now-wife in a hotel elevator is a horrible display of ugly anger. The world wide attention and insipid commentaries is just as ugly.  What we have here is one big mess!
Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and his wife Janay during the press conference following the arrest.
Unfortunately, some of the comments show parallel impatience of people trying to fry rice without first drying it out. In other words, the people making useless and judgmental comments are skipping an important step:  patiently discerning when to “cook” Ray Rice, his life and his career.
Patient discernment would first make us consider the following questions:
– “What were they arguing about that would make a public figure lose his temper to the point of violence?”
– “Is there a double standard because Ray Rice is such a popular person?”
– “What can we say about how his wife seemed to be the aggressor before she became the victim?”
– “What did his parents teach him about respecting women?”
– “Would the manly-minded feminist rights movement find my last question offensive, implying that women can’t take care of themselves?”
Further, I’d like to know, “Who appointed the National Football League as the arbiter of moral judgments over a couple’s personal relationship?”
You see, it’s all so confusing, and there are more questions than answers.  In other words, when we make quick judgments over this type of news story, are we being impatient in our fact finding?
Other questions have to be asked:
“Why did his beaten fiancée marry her attacker?”
“Is love so blind or willing to forgive their enemies and persecutors?”
There’s more to this story than a sports figure.  This spectacle speaks to our humanity and how we deal with our relational struggles.

 

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Frying rice and grilling Ray Rice require a similarly delicate process of patience and discernment.  Let me be clear, what Ray Rice did is horrendous;  the fiancée should have seriously reconsidered marrying him.  And yes, all of the media’s talk about this topic is just nauseating.  Yet, these sensitive topics provide an opportunity for people to talk with God in prayer before posting uninformed opinions on the internet.
I’d recommend that families, especially children who are sports fanatics, talk about these issues without trying to give an “easy answer” or a decisive judgment.  If we try to bypass the step of patient discernment, we will just get a mess on a plate.  We will get what we deserve.

Let us pray:

Father, we pray for couples experiencing challenges. We pray for an end to domestic violence and for more patient discernment as we try to use these news headlines to educate our children about the real meaning of marriage.  Keep us focused on the grace and not the “train-wrecks” of society, lest they become the only model of relationships that unfortunately form our conscious.  Help us to remember how your Son Jesus gave us the perfect example of what it means to love one another, without violence and always with forgiveness.  We ask this in His most holy name.  Amen.

Jesus came to forgive us our sins.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:   

 

(1)  How are you using this headline news to teach your children?
(2)  What advice would you give to anyone experiencing domestic violence?
(3)  Do you think that men are a “stronger” gender, and how does that affect the conversations about women’s equality?
(4)  Do you have any other fried rice tips?
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Posted January 1st, 2014 | Grace Before Meals, New Year
Time for Transition!
 

Happy New Year to you and your families!

At the beginning of this year, our Grace Before Meals team has a very special announcement. We put together a video to describe a transition that I’ll be making in my priestly assignment.

 Click to watch the video and learn about the exciting things that are happening this year!

As of January 1, 2014, I’ve received permission from the Archbishop of Baltimore to pursue an application to join a Community of Consecrated Life, called Voluntas Dei (A Latin Phrase that means, “The Will of God”).  This is a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite.  This is a unique group of priests, celibate laymen, and consecrated married couples.  I have been discerning this group for the past seven years!

The charism of this community is to be like the Virgin Mary at the annunciation, saying “yes” to God’s will!  Voluntas Dei per Mariam Immaculatam.

For me, that practically means that if accepted into Voluntas Dei, I will continue my priestly work but with a special consecration.  The Archbishop has given me the assignment to be a supplemental sacramental and pastoral minister, basically on a part time level, helping out parishes within the Archdiocese of Baltimore as needed. At the same time, this will allow me to focus on the work of Evangelization in the modern world, and particularly direct my energies towards the Grace Before Meals apostolate.

There is so much more exciting news to tell you about this community, its wonderfully practical spirituality, and the good work that they do in the name of the Catholic Church. But, more will come in upcoming emails, newsletters, video posts and email blasts.

For now, I want to offer you this important news, to ask for your prayers, trust in mine for you, and to wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Questions and Considerations
(1)  What do you discern as God’s will for you this year?
(2)  Send Fr. Leo and the Grace Before Meals team a prayer or request?
(3)  In this year, consider bringing the Grace Before Meals message and Fr. Leo as a speaker or presenter at your next event.
Your comments and questions will help keep our focus and energies on bringing more people to the Table!  Post your comments below.

Let us pray:

We bless your name, O Lord, for sending your own incarnate Son to become part of a family, so that, as he lived its life, he would experience its worries and its joys.  We ask you Lord, to protect and watch over this family, so that in the strength of your grace, its members may enjoy prosperity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Prayer for Families from the Book of Blessings, the Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN 1989)
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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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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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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. 

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

BBQ & Rising from the Dead

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Jesus’ Resurrection.)

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

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This week’s episode: Dessert Days

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

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

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

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

 

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Saturday, April 28

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

Archdiocesan Youth Center

499 Belgrove Dr

Kearny NJ 07032

Contact: Richard Donovan – donovari@rcan.org

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

Sunday, April 22

Diocese of Corpus Christi Youth Spectacular Event (High School)

1213 Terry Shamsie Robstown, TX 78380

Contact: Jaime Reyna –jreyna@diocesecc.org

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

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