- “Divine Mercy Preview Show:” The theme for this year’s program, hosted by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC, is “Mercy in Action.” Learn how Popes John Paul II and John XXIII lived mercy and how you can too. The program airs live at , from the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., with an encore at .
- “Mass & Celebration of Divine Mercy:” Airs live from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy at , with an encore at .
- “Divine Mercy Holy Hour:” Airs live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala. at , with encores at ; .
- “Living Mercy:” Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church's amazing impact on the Baton Rouge, Louisiana community, through their devotion to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and especially their annual Lenten Novena, which draws Catholics and even non-Catholics by the thousands. This half-hour program airs .
Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
For a while now, I have been watching and recommending movies by Protestant film companies, otherwise referred to as Christian films. We have watched many movies by Christian Films as well as PureFlix. However, this recommendation came to the end the other evening.
I had enjoyed a movie produced by the latter film company entitled The Book of Daniel. I thought it was good timing seeing as the reading of the day was about the three young Jewish youths being placed in a very hot fire by King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to bow down to the statue of the king.
However, it was before Mass the following morning that my mom brought something to my attention. She asked me if I thought the statue looked a little like a pope. I looked at her quite quizzically and responded with an emphatic "NO", that it was the statue of Nebuchadnezzar. She insisted to me that it was an image of a Catholic pope.
Later that day, I fast forwarded to the image of the statue in the movie (which we watched via Netflix). To my surprise, I saw that my mother was correct! (Although, to me, it looks more like St. Patrick without his bishop's mitre).
See for yourselves:
|Statue of King Nebuchadnezzar from movie Book of Daniel|
The following is how I pictured Nebuchadnezzar and I'm sure many others did too:
You can see there is a huge difference between the depiction by Pureflix and a Protestant bible illustration.
To be fair and to give the producers the benefit of the doubt, I contacted them via Twitter. But they did not respond.
In these times where forces of evil are persecuting Christians everywhere, I was hoping this persecution would unite us. Sadly, it looks like Catholics are still not considered Christians by some who call themselves Christians, and who knows, something even worse perhaps.
Here are a couple of meatless dinner or lunch ideas for your family.
The first is classical cheese pizza. I would have preferred the traditional thin-crust New Jersey style pizza but the dough rose quite well that day.
If you click HERE, You will find my recipe for a simple marinara sauce as well as two more pizza ideas.
The second recipe is for a veggie sandwich.
1 fresh French baguette, split lengthwise and placed in a cold oven to preheat at 350 degrees. While the oven pre-heats, your baguette will be perfectly warmed up and ready to fill. The following is an approximate amount of the vegetables you will need. Our baguettes are very thin so this would be sufficient for 4 people.
This is loosely based on the best submarine sandwiches Northern New Jersey has to offer. To make it really authentic, you would need to use cold cuts and only lettuce and tomatoes, maybe onions but nothing else. Also, you would use mayonnaise. Just oil and vinegar. At least that is how I remember the subs.
2 large ripe tomatoes sliced thinly
2 large ripe avocados sliced thinly
1 large sweet onion, sliced thinly
1 small head of lettuce, washed, dried and sliced thinly
2 large green, red or any color sweet peppers of your choice, sliced thinly
2 large cucumbers, washed well or peeled to remove wax on skin if any, and sliced thinly
Thinly sliced pickles
Thinly sliced Pepperocini
Thinly sliced pimento
Sliced black olives
Sliced cheese such as Swiss or provolone
Mayonnaise or ranch dressing (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil
When the baguette is heated through (top should be crusty, inside should be soft), layer all of your ingredients. If using mayo or ranch dressing, spread thinly on inside of bread first before filling. Sprinkle with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 4 people for lunch or two for dinner if you have a bigger appetite.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ever since reading an article about this museum in Midweek, it has been on my mind to visit it. Actually, this little museum is not really open to the public because of a parking problem. At the present time, it is the final stop of the Home of the Brave tour. But we (three very happy ladies) got a personal tour by the curator. If you click the Midweek link above, you can read all about this World World II museum created to honor the brave men and women who served in our military. All of the items were donated to the museum. There is also a wall of heroes to honor the greatest generation when they visit the museum. Sadly, many are passing away.
I highly recommend this tour to visitors and kamaaina alike. We really need to keep this part of American history alive. Oh, by the way, the Home of the Brave Brewseum will be opening in the near future. Stay tuned.
The following are photos.
As always, you can click the photos for better viewing.
|The Nazi "souvenirs"|
|The Japanese "souvenirs"|
|You can see part of the Wall of Heroes|
|Betty Boop at the new Home of the Brave Brewseum|
Father Philip Chircop, S.J. gave a Lenten mission talk this week. The second day's topic was fasting.
Father showed us positive ways we can fast. His suggestions were good to put into practice not only during Lent but every day.
...Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetters, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break all yokes?Isaiah 58 - on fasting.
Is it not sharing your food with the hungry, and sheltering the homeless poor; if you see someone lacking clothes, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own kin?...
1. Fasting from judging other people and ourselves. Sometimes we can be very harsh and unforgiving with our own selves.
2. Fasting from thoughts of illness (either emotional, physical or spiritual). Father says people like being sick. He gave the example of the paralyzed man waiting by the waters of the portico. Jesus asked what seemed a strange question: "Do you want to be well?" He was expecting either a yes or no response. Instead what He got was excuses from that man.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.*John 5
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
3. Fasting from thinking small. If we expect little from God, that is exactly what we will get. God is ready and willing to shower with us with so many graces, yet we fail to ask Him for these graces.
4. Fasting from words that pollute. This includes words that are violent. Check the newspaper, the internet, TV news programs, all they do is report to us negative news, bad news, violence in the world. We end up feeling there is to no good news anywhere. We too should instead use non-violent words. For example, do we gossip? Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that "gossip is murder!" Father Philip has the following definition of gossip: "Two people bonding at the expense of a third, (and that person is usually absent)."
Father instructed us to THINK before speaking. In other words as yourself the following before you speak and if you answer yes to any of them, it would be better to keep silent.
T - is it TRUE
H - is it HELPFUL
I - is it INSPIRING
N - is it NECESSARY
K - is it KIND
5. Fasting from discontent. Feast on being content instead. Be satisfied. Be grateful. Father's Lenten challenge is the following. Since Lent is almost over, he asked us to continue until Pentecost.
Every night before going to sleep, think about and jot down 5 things you are grateful for and do this every night. BUT, you cannot repeat anything you write down on your list.
A monk Father Philip knew once said: "It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful."
6. Fast from negativity. Remember LENT.
7. Fast from worry. Feast on trust. (This is especially relevant for us as we will soon be celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy and one of the Popes of Divine Mercy will be canonized. Jesus, I trust in You.)
Father enjoined us to be the best person we can be.
8. Fast from gravity. Feast on levity.
Father reminded us not to become stuck at the foot of the cross. That may sound wrong for us Catholics who want to join Jesus and His sorrow mother at the foot of His cross, but what he also reminded us is what St. Augustine of Hippo said: "We are an Easter people and Hallelujah is our song." This beautiful Easter quote is often attributed to our beloved Pope John Paul II.
We currently have a pope who is not only filled with joy but also has a good sense of humor. The Church will soon be canonizing another pope who was known for his witty sense of humor.
Father praised Sacred Heart Church because they have the complete set of the Stations of the Cross which includes the 15th station: The Resurrection. Let's not forget the Resurrection!
Father concluded his talk by stating: "The church is not a refuge for sad people, the church is a house of joy."
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Monday, April 07, 2014
Friday, April 04, 2014
It may be too late for most of you to prepare this dish tonight but save up some cold rice for next Friday.
1 small piece of wild salmon (preferably) and cubed
2 cup raw rice, rinsed, cooked and cooled overnight, preferably brown)
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
1 bunch of green onions, sliced
Salt and pepper
4 eggs, beaten
Prepare the rice ahead of time. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.
One hour ahead of dinner preparation time, marinate the cubes of fresh/frozen (thawed) salmon with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet or wok, add tablespoon healthy oil, such as olive and scramble up the eggs. Remove the eggs and fry up the cubes of salmon until brown and crusty in the leftover oil. Be careful not to move the salmon pieces around until each side is browned. Remove.
In a wok or same skillet, add another tablespoon of oil and fry the cold rice, making sure to separate all the grains. Season with approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, salt if needed, and pepper. Add to this fried rice, the thawed peas. Stir fry a couple of minutes, then add the green onions. Fry another few minutes and lastly top with the browned pieces of salmon.
Serves 4 generously.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The Catholic Church has been blessed with many good and holy popes in modern times. One such pope is Pope Paul VI. He is the pope of my childhood yet I didn't really appreciate him much. I guess he was overshadowed by his successor,our charismatic holy Father Pope John Paul II. So it was with much interest that my family and I watched this 2010 Italian production on his life.
The movie is 3 hours and 20 minutes long. I read one review who said it was slow going at times. I have to respectfully disagree. My interest was captivated from the very start at the kidnapping of Aldo Moro. One thing I found particularly interesting is the way the movie unfolds in a chronological manner with Giovanni Battista Morini as a young priest and all the popes in his life as a priest.
The producers of this movie checked their facts and it shows. One example is in the way the controversy of Humanae Vitae is played out. The strong opposition by those advising our Holy Father caused him so much pain, yet he went ahead, let by the Holy Spirit. He was a visionary. They should have listened to him.
The movie is available through Ignatius Press. We watched it from a Netflix DVD.