Saturday, March 02, 2013

Prayer for the Conclave

From World Priest Day

Heavenly Father, We the People of God, gathered in solidarity as did the disciples in the Upper Room, pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the cardinals who will be in conclave for the election of the next Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond human judgment, to elect the candidate most pleasing to you, Heavenly Father, and who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history at the beginning of the Third Millennium.

We invoke our Mother Mary, we entrust this conclave to her maternal and Immaculate Heart, and offer this prayer for her guidance and protection over the choosing of the next Vicar of her Son.



I hope by now you have adopted a cardinal to pray for specifically. My cardinal is Claudio Cardinal Hummes, OFM of Brazil. There is still time to Adopt a cardinal.

The Rosary

Mahalo to Ann for sharing this beautiful video.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Friday Fast for the Defense of Marriage

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The following is from Catholic World News:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked Catholics to offer their fasting and abstinence from meat on March 1 “for the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in itself and for all of society.”
“Beginning this month, the Supreme Court will consider two marriage-related cases: United States v. Windsor, about the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and Hollingsworth v. Perry, about California’s Proposition 8,” a USCCB flyer explains, adding:
Depending on how the Court rules, there could be ramifications for marriage laws throughout the country. Oral arguments for the cases begin March 26, the same day as a March for Marriage to show support for upholding the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A ruling on both cases is expected from the court by June.
The USCCB has asked Catholics to fast and abstain from meat on all Fridays until the conclusion of the Year of Faith; abstinence is obligatory on Fridays of Lent.

The following is from the USCCB.

For the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in
itself and for all of society.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Special Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI

The Cardinal Newman Society's chaplain prepared the following prayer for Pope Benedict XVI. We are thankful for the Pope's ministry and ask God that he may be blessed in retirement. We encourage all Cardinal Newman Society members and others to join us in praying for Pope Benedict XVI.

Almighty God and Father,
Who have revealed Yourself through Your Eternal Word,
and have blessed Your Church with Pope Benedict XVI,
our teacher in both faith and reason;
receive our prayers of thanksgiving
for his witness to the beauty of truth,
for his example of hopefulness,
for his humble service of Christ's Bride.

As he blessed our apostolate in his care for the Church's teaching office, so now may he receive the benefit of our prayers.

Grant him, in his time of retirement, the reward of study and prayer as he continues to seek, find, and love you in truth.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Meatless Recipe for Lent - Peruvian Pumpkin Stew

This is actually a Peruvian stew made with beef or at least that is how my mother always made it.  The other day she bought a huge Kabocha Pumpkin and that is what I decided to use for a vegetarian version of my mom's "Carbonada a la Peruana".  It reminded me of a Peruvian "Three Sisters" dish.


2 cups cubed Kabocha pumpkin (no need to peel) or butternut squash or any other orange winter squash
1 large onion, diced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 large potatoes, cut into chunks
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
1 block firm tofu (drain excess water) and then cube - OPTIONAL
1 package Sazón or Adobo seasonings (Goya is a good brand)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. vegetarian bouillon OPTIONAL
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat a Dutch oven and add one tablespoon olive oil.  Fry the garlic and onion.  Add the pumpkin and potatoes.  Stir well and then add the Sazón or approximately 1 tsp. of Adobo seasoning.  Fry for two minutes and add the water and vegetable bouillon.  Bring to a boil, cover and then lower heat to medium low.  Cook until potatoes and pumpkin are soft and then add the corn and peas.  If using tofu, you can add it at this point too.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until the peas and corn are cooked.  Serve over rice.

Serves 6.