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

Menu Inspiration

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

Mother’s Day Menu


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love you mom!

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

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

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

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

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

A Statue of Our Lady of the Nations.

(A Statue of Our Lady of the Nations. )

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

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

Mixed berries with sweet cream.

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

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

 Love you mom!

(Love you mom! )

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4 Responses to “Menu Inspiration: Mother’s Day Menu”

  • When my own daughter was experiencing life difficulties my mother told me “Never give up on your children.” This coming from a mom who drove from Texas to Florida when she suffered from a blood disorder to bring home her son (my brother) who was a desperate alcoholic. He has since been clean for sixteen years. God truly blessed me with a wise mom. May she rest in peace.

    Posted by Jeannette Houston on May 9th, 2012 at 7:35 pm.
  • Father Leo,I am grateful for my mother who is now in heaven with my dad. She left me to go to heaven 5 years Ago to be with my dad who is gone 10 years. They were always faithful in going to church even when my Father was in his 80’s and my mother was still going at 90 even though people told them that they did not

    Have to go any more. Father Leo hope you have some time to spend with your mother if she is able to Be here.

    Posted by Rita on May 10th, 2012 at 5:59 pm.
  • Fr. Leo,
    You got a beautiful moher! Happy Mother’s Day to her! Reminds me of my beautiful mom, too, who passed away when she was 80 y. o., that was in 2005. Oh how I missed my mom who gave me gifts of faith and love. She was a perfect role model in loving Jesus and Mother Mary! She, too, was a good cook who never got tired of feeding us with delicious food that she had mastered in life. Hers was a tale of unending selfless love to her children. What a beautiful experience I had wih my mom in my life that I want to share, too, with my children with the rest of my life. And of course with God’s blessings and the prayers of Mama Mary. God bless you, Fr. Leo and your Mom!

    Posted by Tess on May 11th, 2012 at 12:33 pm.
  • my Mom was great! She had a wonderful laugh and a bubbling personality. She cooked the best spaghetti and meatballs starting the sauce Sat night and having it ready for Sunday meal. She was a convert but she taught me a love for Jesus and Mary. She was devout. I still miss her.

    Posted by Mary on May 11th, 2012 at 9:43 pm.

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