CRS Rice Bowl Week 2 Recipe:
Gallo Pinto from Nicaragua
|Click to watch how to make Gallo Pinto from Nicaragua, courtesy of CRS Rice Bowl’s Global Kitchen and Fr. Leo.|
Calling all chefs and faithful foodies!
EWTN will be filming episodes of Savoring Our Faith with Fr. Leo in Dallas (May 4-6); Baltimore (June 15-18); Chicago (October 4-6); and the Cleveland OH area (November 7-11).
Fr. Leo recently connected with groups in the Philippines after his last call out to find places, thanks to you. Can you help him stateside?
Each show will feature a religious site, a local restaurant with a great story to share, and a cooking segment. We need your help! We’re looking for suggestions on religious sites, restaurants and names of possible culinary assistants. Please comment below and email email@example.com with your suggestions, and we will look to be in touch with you soon.
Let Us Pray:(Prayer for 21 Coptic Martyrs)“Eternal Father, as Your Son spoke to us ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,’ grant unto your Coptic Martyrs repose for their souls, and Your gift of eternal salvation. May their witness stir our hearts this Lent to live in true charity even in the face of persecution by our enemies, and to boldly witness to our faith in our day-to-day actions. May the enemies of our Christian faith encounter Your Truth, be converted as was St. Paul, and cease to persecute Your Body, the Church. May we remember in faith You ‘make all things work for the good’ and for Your glory, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.”
Fr. Leo’s Top 10 Experiences in 2014
|The Pope speaks to TONS of people in the Philippines (tough to quantify with this image, but you get the picture.)|
Here’s my top 10 list of food, faith and family experiences of 2014.
|Me with the EWTN crew at Liberty Market out in AZ|
|Hanging out with these kids up in Boston area in November this past year. They seem to like the pasta and books!|
But, I’m always so happy to hear from parents and from children themselves that they like my food, even new foods. Part of the trick is to involve them in the cooking process, have some fun and listen to what they hunger for. It’s our job to feed them. If we don’t, someone else or the devil will! Don’t be scared. But be strengthened to feed your kids!
|I had fun meeting Chef Jeff (left) and other chefs at the KISRA event in West Virginia in September.|
Chef Jeff became an instant friend. I had heard of him from TV shows like Oprah, when he shared his story about how his time in prison helped him to learn important life lessons, like how to cook, how to serve and how to walk the straight path through faith and family! He has a great message and I’m happy to have experienced it myself.
|The Besh family pray together at a Church in the Holy Land.|
|This icon shows part of the miraculous stories associated with the Basilica Shrine, Notre Dame du Cap.|
I did a retreat at the Shrine in Trois Rivieres Quebec Canada and to also get more in touch with my new priestly mission with Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite. Nearby the founder, Fr. Louis Marie Parent was buried. But this picture shows a unique food perspective and a miracle. When the new priest of this small church community rang the bell for Mass, the only creature to show up was a pig – somehow with a rosary in its mouth. It was a “sign” for the priest to realize that we are all creatures until we take on the Blessed Mother as our own mother. So, he dedicated the building up of this church community to the Blessed Mother!
|A nice family I met while in Texas.|
That’s what we do and that’s who we are! I’m proud to say, that of all of the ministries out there, Grace Before Meals is the ONLY ministry that actively, practically, and dynamically reaches out to families. We don’t need another “program,” “talk,” “event,” or even a “synod.” We need to practice common sense – faithfully, theologically, and tastefully. Please consider helping us spread this message with our movement The Table Foundation.
|Hipsters and food = great combination.|
Steubenville crew, pumped to evangelize.
It’s so great to work with other evangelists, and many of them are secular lay people who are seeking to live a consecrated life. That’s the case with groups such as the Augustine Institute, and this speaking team for Franciscan University of Steubenville, which hosts conferences around the country. The dynamism of groups, such as this one in Halifax Canada, feeds hungry hearts and souls! I’m so proud to be part of this team!
# 2 My family!
|Me with my siblings and parents, together for my mom’s birthday.|
|The work I do seeks to feed those who hunger, but I was truly fed by my experience in Kolkata with wonderful people like this boy.|
Let us Pray:
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A New Year and New Opportunities
|The Nativity Scene at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Springfield IL|
|My most recent trip – a unique “pilgrimage” to NYC with Cardinal Dolan. On my trips, participants experience the unique aspects of the faith, culture and incredible food for body, mind and spirit.|
|Baby Indian Eggplant Parmesan from New Year’s Eve Dinner 2014.|
|Praying at the tomb of Fr. Louise Marie Parent, founder of Voluntas Dei Institute.|
Let us Pray:
In preparation for the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, let’s recall how God’s grace through the Sacrament of Baptism requires food: Water! May the waters of the Baptism Font and the Holy Water fonts of our church, renew our desire to be God’s children, to be loving brothers and sisters, and to be saints – citizens in the heavenly kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
1/9/15 – 1/19/15
A Christmas Prayer at the Nativity Scene
On this most Holy Night, may God’s blessings be upon you and your family. May God look kindly on all of humanity, especially on those who are far from God’s grace, those who do not yet acknowledge Jesus the Christ as our Savior, those who are lacking in the basic necessities of life, those who are hurting in body, mind or spirit.
I invite you to unite all of your prayers, focused on the Child, born for us!
Enjoy my rendition of “Ave Maria” that I offer as a Christmas Gift to you. It’s a clip from the recent “Entertaining Truth” Christmas Special, which you can listen to in its entirety over the next few days on the Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129. Click Here to listen.
Also, you can CLICK HERE for last year’s rendition of “O Holy Night”, as played with Paul Shaffer on “Entertaining Truth” on Sirius XM.
Catholics traditionally leave the Child out of their Nativity scenes until after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. This prayer, in which we humble ourselves before the Savior of the World, born as a Child in a stable, is the perfect prayer to accompany the placement of the Child in the manger.
The entire family can recite the prayer together in front of the Nativity scene. It’s also a good idea to print a copy to keep near the manger until you take it down, so that you can pray it frequently throughout the Christmas season.
Let Us Pray (A Prayer Before the Manger Scene):
“O Divine Redeemer Jesus Christ, prostrate before Thy crib, I believe Thou art the God of infinite Majesty, even though I do see Thee here as a helpless babe. I humbly adore and thank Thee for having so humbled Thyself for my salvation as to will to be born in a stable. I thank Thee for all Thou didst wish to suffer for me in Bethlehem, for Thy poverty and humility, for Thy nakedness, tears, cold and sufferings.
Would that I could show Thee that tenderness which Thy Virgin Mother had toward Thee, and love Thee as she did. Would that I could praise Thee with the joy of the angels, that I could kneel before Thee with the faith of St. Joseph, the simplicity of the shepherds. Uniting myself with these first adorers at the crib, I offer Thee the homage of my heart, and I beg that Thou wouldst be born spiritually in my soul. Make me reflect in some degree the virtues of Thy admirable nativity. Fill me with that spirit of renunciation, of poverty, of humility, which prompted Thee to assume the weakness of our nature, and to be born amid destitution and suffering. Grant that from this day forward, I may in all things seek Thy greater glory, and may enjoy that peace promised to men of good will.” (Source: www.catholicism.about.com)
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Advent Prayer & Christmas Blessings 2014
Written by: Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug
From the Woman clothed with the sun,
A Child is born for us.
His call and mission is to make us one
By loving God, in Him we trust.
In the darkness, this Child is the light
hope for all, freedom from fear.
His presence is God, we now have sight
“Emmanuel” His Name, for God is here!
His Presence remains through Bread and Wine,
Consecrated by words, blessed by faith.
Through simple gifts, God’s presence divine
Hasten to Him, in the Tabernacle He waits.
In the fullness of time may Him we receive,
May faith change us to live holiness as true,
For heaven is real for those who love what Mary conceived,
And faith has power to cleanse and make us new.
This time of the year is one filled with Grace,
Let not the passing be our focus or goal,
But seeking God’s presence in this Holy Child’s Face,
And be like Shepherds who sang to the First Noel.
May this rhyme, prayer and reminder be for you
A song in our hearts that angels sing.
May Advent & Christmas be lived sincerely and true,
And each day of the New Year, God’s Grace may He bring.
May you and your family experience the great joy of this Holy Season. Thank you for being a part of my spiritual family, part of the Grace Before Meals family, and part of God’s human family who seeks to bring as many people to the Lord’s Table here on earth and eternally in heaven.
Abundant blessings in this Advent Season, abundant grace at Christmas, and abundant joy in the New Year!
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What a great gift to give to a loved one – a trip to help them grow in faith! You can even print up the brochure as a gift item to wrap!
Meals, Manners and Moms
|Novices at the event in Ann Arbor MI.|
|Me with the wonderful sisters and some students at the Academy I spoke at.|
No doubt, children raised by loving moms and dads grow up more mature and healthy. This doesn’t need scientific studies, but common sense cooperating with God’s grace. This is the subject of the Extraordinary Synod on families occurring in Rome.
|I probably shouldn’t be taking selfies at school. Now all the kids will thinks it’s ok.|
|The residents returning to their rooms after Mass|
|Sisters praying at Mass.|
Unfortunately, modernity can lack refinement, social graces and basic manners. Without being overly reactionary by raising scrupulous rigid robotic prudes for kids, parents ought to have a healthy discussion with their children about the basics in life, including manners at our dinner table and the Lord’s Table.
Thankfully, God continues to call women to be more than consecrated “Miss Manners.” Instead, they are called to be our spiritual moms.
|Her husband was at men’s retreat, and this mother was “practically” helping their 6 boys to become men of God by bringing them to one of my events.|
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
- All Souls Day
- Blast from the Past
- CRS Rice Bowl
- Culinary Confessions
- Dinner Discussion
- Entertaining Truth
- Epic Food Fight
- Faithful Foodie
- Feast Days
- Food for the Body
- Food for the Soul
- Food for Thought
- From the Feedbag
- Grace Before Meals
- In Memory
- Menu Inspiration
- Merry Christmas
- New Year
- Past Emails
- Recipe- Dessert
- Recipe- Pork
- Recipe-Side Dishes
- Restauraunt Reviews
- Savoring Our Faith
- Simply Blogging
- Special Religious Theme
- Spicing Up Married Life
- Taste Tester
- The Table Foundation
- What's On the Table