Thursday, June 04, 2015

Meatless Recipe - Caesar Salad

I try to make Caesar salad only on special occasions.  If I make it too often, I am afraid we will stop appreciating the tantalizing flavors.  The picture above was taken on Mother's Day.  My mom and I made dinner for my family.  I will try to share the recipe for the homemade Fettuccini Alfredo at another time.

The original Caesar Salad was made in a big wooden bowl.  I had to modify the preparation because we do not have a large wooden bowl, or any wooden bowl for that matter.  This recipe belongs to my husband.  We once at a wonderful Italian restaurant that made the salad table side.  My husband somehow was able to duplicate the delectable flavors.  He makes the dressing with a mortar and pestle.  I make the dressing in a food processor.

Caesar Salad 

Leaves from one Romaine Lettuce, washed and dried carefully
1/2 to 1 cup homemade croutons (1/2 French Baguette, cut into cubes, place in a bowl and add 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle generously with powered garlic (or garlic powder)
Place on a baking sheet and put into a cold oven.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees.  As the oven preheats, the croutons are toasting.  It should be ready after 15 minutes.  Turn off the oven and leave the croutons in oven for another 15 minutes or so.


1 anchovy fillet (the ones in olive oil)
the juice of one lemon
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco
1 coddled egg
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 large garlic cloves (make sure to peel it).

Process all the ingredients in food processor.  Taste and adjust the salt.  Also, if the dressing is too sour, just add a little more oil.  If not tangy enough, just add a little more lemon juice.

The should be enough for two salads (or many individual salads).

If you are making it with mortar and pestle, grind the garlic with salt.  The add the anchovy fillet, grind that down to a paste, slowly add the remaining ingredients.  Be careful when adding the egg and lemon juice.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most holy Heart of Jesus, 
fountain of every blessing, 
I adore You, I love You, and 
with lively sorrow for my sins I offer You this poor heart of mine. 
Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will. 
Grant, good Jesus that I may live in You and for You. 
Protect me in the midst of danger. 
Comfort me in my afflictions. 
Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, 
Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.

via Laudete

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Prayer to the Divine Will

O adorable and Divine Will, 
here I am, 
before the immensity of Your Light, 
that Your eternal Goodness may open to me the doors, and 
make me enter into It, to form my life all in You, Divine Will. 
Therefore, prostrate before Your Light, 
I, the littlest among all creatures, come, O adorable Will, 
into the little group of the first children of Your Supreme Fiat. 
Prostrate in my nothingness, 
I beseech and implore Your endless Light, 
that It may want to invest me and eclipse everything that does not belong to You,
 in such a way that I may do nothing other than look, comprehend and live in You, 
Divine Will. 
It will be my life, the center of my intelligence, the enrapturer of my heart and of my whole being.
In this heart the human will will no longer have life;
 I will banish it forever, and will form the new Eden of peace, of happiness and of love. 
With It I shall always be happy, 
I shall have a unique strength, 
and a sanctity that sanctifies everything and brings everything to God. Here prostrate, 
I invoke the help of the Sacrosanct Trinity,
 that They admit me to live in the cloister of the Divine Will, 
so as to restore in me the original order of Creation, just as the creature was created. 
Celestial Mother, Sovereign Queen of the Divine Fiat, 
take me by the hand and enclose me in the Light of the Divine Will. 
You will be my guide, my tender Mother; 
You will guard your child, and 
will teach me to live and to maintain myself in the order and in the bounds of the Divine Will. 
Celestial Sovereign, to your Heart I entrust my whole being; 
I will be the tiny little child of the Divine Will. You will teach me the Divine Will, 
and I will be attentive in listening to You. 
You will lay your blue mantle over me, 
so that the infernal serpent may not dare to penetrate into this Sacred Eden to entice me and 
make me fall into the maze of the human will. Heart of my highest Good, Jesus, 
You will give me Your flames, that they may burn me, consume me and nourish me, 
to form in me the life of the Supreme Will. Saint Joseph, 
You will be my Protector, 
the Custodian of my heart, and will keep the keys of my will in Your hands. 
You will keep my heart jealously, 
and will never give it to me again, that I may be sure never to go out of the Will of God. 
Guardian Angel, guard me, defend me, help me in everything, 
so that my Eden may grow flourishing, 
and be the call of the whole world into the Will of God. Celestial Court, come to my help, 
and I promise You to live always in the Divine Will. Amen. 

via Laudete

Tuesday, June 02, 2015


O sweet Jesus, 
Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence 
and contempt, 
behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage 
the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject. 
Mindful alas! That we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, 
which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, 
we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation 
not only for our own personal offenses, 
but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, 
refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, 
or, renouncing the vows of baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy Law. 
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; 
we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, 
for all the foul seduction laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, 
for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, 
and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy saints. 
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and 
Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, 
by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacraments 
or Thy Divine Love; and 
lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded. 
Would, O Divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. 
We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, 
the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy eternal Father on the cross and 
which Thou dost continue to renew daily on our altars; 
we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother 
and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and 
we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, 
for all neglect of Thy great love and 
for the sins we and others have committed in the past. 
Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, 
of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and 
 especially that of charity. 
We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and 
to bring as many as possible to follow Thee. 
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of his act of expiation; 
and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and 
the allegiance we owe to Thee, 
so that we may one day come to that happy home, 
where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. 

via Laudete

Monday, June 01, 2015

Month of June - The Sacred Heart of Jesus

June is traditionally the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Savior none stands out more prominently than the fact that, as the love of the faithful grew cold, He, Divine Love Itself, gave Himself to us to be honored by a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the Church was thrown wide open in the interests of that devotion."  These words of Pope Pius XI refer to the Sacred Heart Devotion which in its present form dates from the revelations given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1673-75. 

The devotion consists in the divine worship of the human heart of Christ, which is united to His divinity and which is a symbol of His love for us.  The aim of the devotion is to make our Lord king over our hearts by prompting them to return love to Him (especially through an act of consecration by which we offer to the Heart of Jesus both ourselves and all that belongs to us) and to make reparation for our ingratitude to God. 


Reveal Thy Sacred Heat to me,
O Jesus, and show me Its attractions. 
Unite me to It for ever.
Grant that all my aspirations and all the beats of my heart, which cease not even while I slepp, 
may be a testimonial to Thee of my love for Thee 
and may say to Thee:  Yes,
Lord, I am all Thine; the
pledge of my allegiance to Thee rests ever in my heart and will never cease to be there.
Do Thou accept the slight amount of good that I do and be graciously pleased to repair all
my wrong-doing; so that I may be able to bless Thee in time and in eternity.  Amen.

by Cardinal Merry del Val

 The Prayer Book

"...Thine isolation, the icy silence and the solitude which surround Thy forlorn Tabernacle accuse the world of the sin most keenly felt by Thy Heart--the sin of ingratitude."

"To love, O Jesus, as only Thou lovest and not be loved in return! bless and be cursed in scatter favors freely and be repaid by forgetfulness or insults!...Behold sweet Savior, the very bitter bread of Thy voluntary exile in the midst of us; ...behold the price of Thy sublime captivity in the Tabernacle!  In the way Thy Gethsemane is prolonged through the centuries...Ah, in reparation, we insist on having our share in it...."

- First Friday in June meditation of Holy Hour by Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SSCC.

Reminder:  this Friday is First Friday in June.  Good time to make the 9 First Fridays.