Saturday, March 29, 2014

Movie Recommendations - Amazing Love, the Story of Hosea, etc.

During Lent, our family abstains from secular movies as much as possible. We watch Catholic movies which we have not seen such as Restless Heart and Edith Stein - The Seventh Chamber.  We also watch our old favorites during Lent such as the Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, the Robe, and of course on Good Friday we will watch the Passion of the Christ.  We also watch Christian (Protestant) films which are wholesome and have good messages.   For the most part, we have not encountered anything that blatantly goes against the Catholic Church's teaching.

We watched one such movie last evening. The movie is Amazing Love, the Story of Hosea. It was produced by Christian Films.

The following is a description from the film's website:
Teen friends, Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy embark on a weekend camping trip lead by their church youth group leader Stuart (Sean Astin) and his wife Beth (Erin Bethea). Joining them is an outsider Ashley, a self-involved rich kid, whose attitude causes a major commotion within the group, specifically between her and Carrie. Before it gets too out of hand though, Stuart takes this opportunity to share with the kids the incredibly powerful biblical story of Hosea; a story of immovable faith, impeccable commitment, and impervious love.
The movie starts off in the present and then the story-telling past comes to life. It is a good movie for the whole family. What God suffers for love of us is made quite clear. Amazing Love Website If you subscribed to Netflix, it is available via streaming.

Other movies we have enjoyed are as follows: Movies produced by the Kendrick brothers:

Flywheel
Fireproof
Courageous
Fighting the Giants

If any of you have recommendations, please feel free to share.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Overcoming Distracting Thoughts



"...never willfully to dwell on thoughts that disturb our peace, to despise them, not to allow them to trouble or torment us, and in this, as in all else, to be guided by the decision of our spiritual director."
- Father Jean-Nicholas Grou - The Spiritual Life

From journal entry April 2, 2013

I copied the above quote last year around this time.  I chose it for today's post because I have been having thoughts at Mass that do in fact disturb my peace.  It is clear that those thoughts did not come from God but from His enemy and ours.  The best way to fight those types of thoughts is to pray earnestly to God for the grace to overcome anything that takes our hearts and minds away from Him.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meatless Fridays in Lent - Torrejas de Coliflor



My mom used to make these when we were kids.  It was one of those meatless meals that the kids in the family really liked.  They are like little cauliflower pancakes.

Recipe:

1 medium cauliflower head, steamed for a few minutes, drain, cool and cut into small pieces
3 eggs, separate whites and yolks
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 small onion, minced
Salt and pepper

Beat egg whites with baking powder until soft peaks form.  Add the yolks and flour.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the cauliflower.

Heat a heavy skillet and add approximately 1/4 cup of olive oil or other healthy oil.

Gently drop large tablespoon full of batter onto hot oil and fry each Torreja until golden brown over medium heat.  Flip over carefully and brown the other side.  Continue until all the batter is finished.  Serves 4.

Suggestion:  Serve with the following side dish.

Sauteed Spinach

1 bunch fresh spinach.  Washed and dried. It is alright to have a little moisture left on leaves.
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Heat a skillet and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add the garlic and brown slightly.  Add the spinach and cover with a lid.  When the spinach leaves wilt, add the soy sauce.  Then off heat.

Rice with Lentils

1 cup brown rice (washed well, and drained)
1 cup lentils (washed and picked over)
3 cups boiling water
Salt to taste

In a medium saucepan combine rice, lentils and boiling water.  Season to taste but approximately 1 teaspoon salt.  Bring to a boil and lower to very low.  Cover.  Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed/




For Those Aspiring for True Sanctity



"...We must keep silence when it is not absolutely necessary to speak."

- Father Jean-Nicolas Grou - The Spiritual Life

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peace that only God can Give



"...we must labor for the love of God. Just as self-love is violent, turbulent, and impetuous, so the care that proceeds from it is full of trouble, uneasiness and disquiet.  As the love of God is sweet, peaceable and calm, so that care which proceeds from this love, even though it be for worldly goods, is yet amiable, sweet and agreeable."
St. Francis de Sales - Introduction to the Devout Life

from journal entry September 5, 2012.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saint Francis de Sales - The Way to Undertake One's Affairs



I knew that there are no coincidences with God but now I am truly convinced.

My friend Mary who blogs at the beautifully and appropriately named blog The Beautiful Gate wrote about being a time glutton.  That particular post struck me because I have a tendency to multi-task too.

As I am going through my spiritual journals looking for an entry to share, I came upon the following:

"...undertake all your affairs with a calm and peaceable mind, and endeavor to dispatch them in order, one after another..."

Very wisely put, St. Francis de Sales.  Mahalo.

Quote from journal entry August 30, 2012.

A Prayer for what Mary wants for us



Grant me,
O Lord,
what the Blessed Virgin Mary asks for me;
for she loves me,
and wishes to see me saved,
and knows best what I need to obtain eternal happiness.

- original source not recorded

Journal entry May 5, 2013

Feast of the Annunciation



Thanks to the St. Damien Lenten retreat, we can enjoy this beautiful image of a Hawaiian Mary at the Annunciation by artist Calley O'Neil.  You can read more about this beautiful mural HERE.

Mary,
you received with deep humility
the news of the Angel Gabriel
that you were to be the Mother of God's Son;
obtain for me a similar humility.

Prayer Source:  St. Joseph People's Prayer Book

Monday, March 24, 2014

Prayer for a Discerning Heart




Lord, 
I am living in a wicked world, 
surrounded with dangers which lead to perdition.
I am like a child, 
not knowing how to walk on, 
or follow the true way.
Give, therefore,
to Thy servant an understanding
heart to discern between good and evil.
Make me understand how great an evil sin is,
and how great a good it is to love Thee above all things.
Give me a great hatred of sin and make me love Thee 
most ardently to the end of my life.

- Father Michael Mueller