Thursday, November 13, 2014


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Shared by Mary Jane.

After each invocation say:
My Jesus, mercy

O JESUS, Thou didst suffer and die that all mankind
might be saved and brought to eternal happiness.
Through the Agony of Thine Crown of Thorns
 I offer it to Thy Eternal Father that Thou wilt
hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:

My dear parents and grandparents,

My brothers and sisters and other near relatives,

My godparents and sponsors of Confirmation,

My spiritual and temporal benefactors,

My friends and neighbors,

All for whom love or duty bids me pray,

Those who have offended me,

Those who have suffered disadvantage of harm through me,

Those who are especially beloved by Thee,

Those whose release is near at hand,

Those who desire most to be united to Thee,

Those who endure the greatest suffering,

Those whose release is most remote,

Those who are least remembered,

Those who are most deserving on
account of their services to the Church,

The rich who are now the most destitute,

The mighty who are now powerless, 

The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly,

The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness, 

The poor, who did not seek the treasures of Heaven, 

The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer,

The indolent, who neglected to perform good works,

Those of little faith, who neglected
 the frequent reception of the Sacraments,

The habitual sinners, who owe
 their salvation to a miracle of grace,

Parents who failed to watch over their children,

Superiors who were not solicitous
for the salvation of those entrusted to them,

Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures,

The worldly minded, who failed to
 use their wealth and talents in the service of God,

Those who witnessed the death of others,
but would not think of their own,

Those who blasphemed and committed
 sacrilege without due reparation,

Those who violated the dignity of the human body
 and mind through impurity,

Those who are Purgatory because of me,

Those who did not provide for the life hereafter,

Those whose sentence is severe because
of the great things entrusted to them,

The popes, kings and rulers,

The bishops and their counselors,

My teachers and spiritual advisors,

The deceased priests of this diocese,

The priests and religious of the Catholic Church,

The defenders of the holy Catholic Faith,

Those who died on the battlefield,

Those who fought for their country,

Those who were buried in the sea,

Those who died suddenly in accidents
 and from other causes,

Those who died of sudden illness,

Those who suffered and died of lingering illnesses,

Those who died without the last rites of the Church,

Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours,

For those who procured abortions or aborted their children,

For those who promoted or practiced contraception,

For those who gave scandal, especially to children,

My own poor soul when I shall have to
 appear before Thy judgment seat.

Eternal rest grant unto all of these,
O Lord; and let the perpetual light of 
Thine countenance shine upon them soon. Amen.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


This is a dish I came up with because a) I wanted to use legumes b) I wanted to use leftover rice and sweet potatoes that were starting to sprout and c) I wanted it to be something tasty that would make my family forget the flavor of meat.

1 cup uncooked brown lentils (washed, picked over and cooked)
Approximately 3 to 4 cups cooked brown rice (preferably cold and sitting in refrigerator a few days)
½ cup to one cup chopped fresh kale (or frozen kale that has been thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture)
1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
3 large garlic cloves, minced
5 to 10 curry leaves if available or 1 tablespoon prepared powered curry
3 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
A large pinch of crushed red pepper
½ to 1 teaspoon of cumin

Heat a large skillet on medium heat.  Add the oil.  Add the garlic and onion slices.  Cook for approximately 2 minutes.  Add the curry leaves.  Fry the curry leaves until brown and aromatic.  (or add the curry powder at this point).  Add the crushed red pepper, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cold rice and fry for two or three minutes.  Add the kale.  Continue frying for approximately 3 to 5 minutes or so. Add the drained, cooked lentils and cook for an additional 3 minutes.   Add the roasted sweet potatoes on top of the curried lentil rice.

You can serve four people as a main dish or more as a side dish.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3 medium Okinawan sweet potato (or yam), washed, dried and cut into small cubes
3 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl and place in a shallow baking pan. Roast the sweet potatoes for approximately ½ hour or until a fork goes through the sweet potato cube.  Set aside.