Friday, March 07, 2014
Thursday, March 06, 2014
The first one is Paella.
If you like Paella, you will like this easy version of the classical Spanish favorite, which does not include the usual seafood, chicken or sausage. And, you will not miss those missing ingredients.
The recipe I used came from Kitchen Gardeners International. If you click on the link you will see the photo of their paella which makes mine pale in comparison. When I made the dish, I did not have large tomatoes nor did I have parsley on hand. I recommend you following the exact directions for a real taste treat.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
|Saints Peter and Paul Church, Honolulu|
The following are resources from the convenience of sitting in front of your computer, that may help you on your journey to a holier life and a closer relationship to God.
1. Join in the Saint Damien Retreat and receive a daily email with beautiful reflections, inspiration for meditations by Hawaii's own saint, Damien.
2. Read 7 Fallible Tips for Lent by Father John Holloway and shared by Courageous Priest
3. Sign up for the free Lenten meditations by the Divine Mercy Fathers and receive a daily email.
4. Read 5 Reasons to Love Fasting.
5. Sign up for Father Robert Barron's Lenten Reflections.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Monday, March 03, 2014
Irondale, AL –
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Never before have so many people around me been in need of prayers. They are either very sick, elderly or suffering from debilitating diseases or worse, an unknown disease.
As Catholics it is our responsibility to perform the corporal act of mercy of visiting the sick. Sometimes, we are called to do more than just visit them.
One person has an aggressive form of breast cancer. Nothing she has done has helped. She and her husband pray and wait for an answer to their prayers. It has been almost two years and they have no relief in sight. Their situation only gets worse.
Friends visit them, bring them Holy Communion, bring them meals, bring them a priest to hear confession, ask how they are doing, and of course pray. Yet, they feel isolated.
The husband told me that no one understands the world of the sick.
That is incredible food for thought.
Yes, we may do our part to help, but then we have the luxury to do something else. We can go home. We can distract ourselves with other things. But the very sick live every moment of their time consumed in pain.
I don't presume to imagine how they feel or where their relationship is with God. But it is frustrating to hear the sick, especially the Catholics who are sick, not unite their suffering to those of Jesus' Passion. One told me she offered enough of her sufferings. She was now looking for relief. Another told me, she offers her sufferings for her own soul. This was in response to a suggestion that she offer up her pain and suffering for others in need. Yet another Catholic says he believes in what ever happens, happens. This fatalistic thinking is not in union with Catholic teaching. Neither is the belief in karma or healing with Eastern energies such as Reiki.
When one is seriously sick and in pain, it is very difficult to think of anything but the consuming pain. It is especially during this time that the sick person should turn to God. Tell Him all your pains. Ask Him to heal you if it be His will. Ask Him to help you patiently endure until He sees fit to give you relieve. Offer your pains as reparation for your past sins or for those of your loved ones. This is especially important because you may be suffering like this as a gift from God so that you can do your time in Purgatory, while you are still alive. This is what is meant by not to waste your sufferings.
Caregivers, particularly the spouse of the sick person, also suffers right along their loved one. They too must offer up their sufferings. But it is also important that they remind the sick person that it is only holy sufferings if it is united to those of Christ's.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shared by Mary Jane.
Our Lady of LourdesFeast Day February 11
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,
you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.
I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the granting of my requests. (mention your intentions here)
Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)
in the crevice of the rock.
In the cold and grey of winter,
you brought the warmth, light and beauty
of your presence,
in the depth of the world where evil is so powerful,
return our confidence!
come to our aid, sinners that we are.
Give us the humility to have a change of heart,
the courage to do penance.
Teach us to pray for all people.
Make us pilgrims going forward with your Church,
whet our appetite for the Eucharist,
the bread for the journey, the bread of life.
by his power, he has placed you near the Father,
in the glory of your eternal Son.
Look with kindness
on our miserable bodies and hearts.
Shine forth for us, like a gentle light,
at the hour of our death.
as your poor children.
May we enter, like her, into the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Then, we will be able, here below,
begin to know the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven
and sing together with you :
blessed servant of the Lord,
Mother of God,
dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!