Saturday, March 07, 2015


O Virgin Mary,
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,
glory of the Christian people, 
joy of the universal Church,
salvation of the world;
pray for us,
and awaken in all faithful devotion to the Holy Eucharist
so that they may render themselves worthy to receive it daily.

Flowers from the Garden of the Precious Blood.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Meatless Recipe for Lent - Peruvian Papa a la Huancaina

This is a traditional Peruvian dish.  It is called Papa a la Huancaina because it comes from Huancayo in Peru.  It can be served as an appetizer or a light lunch.  But it can also be served as an entree.  The following is a combination of my mother's and my auntie's recipe.


4 large potatoes, preferably Yukon Golds, boiled and peeled, sliced lengthwise

2 cups of cheese such as Queso blanco (Puerto Rican white cheese) or cottage cheese.
2 tsp or to taste Peruvian yellow pepper paste known as aji amarillo.  There really is no substitute for this delicious tasting chili paste.  It will be available in markets that sell Peruvian food products.
1 small onion, minced finely
OPTIONAL 1 tsp. Turmeric powder. NOTE:  This is where my mom's style of making this dish differs from my auntie's method as my auntie does not use Turmeric.
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
Peruvian black olives, Greek Kalamatas can be substituted
Lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 boil egg per person

If you are using Turmeric, heat a small skillet and add the oil.  Then add the onions and fry one minute.  Add the Turmeric and fry for another minute.  Set aside.  This can be added to the cheese along with the other ingredients.

In a bowl, add the cheese, the Aji Amarillo, the lemon juice and onions.  Mix well or run the cheese and other ingredients through the food processor if a smooth blend is preferred.  Taste to adjust the heat level of the yellow pepper paste and salt content.

To serve:  Line a platter with the lettuce leaves.  Lay the potato halves on the lettuce leaves.  Pour the cheese mixture over the boiled potatoes.  Garnish with the boiled eggs and olives.  Minced parsley can also be used to garnish.

Serve cold.

Christ in the Tabernacle

I have not seen your face today.
Where were you?
A hundred others came to pray. 
Where were you?
From out My prison I have gazed
at thousands who have, kneeling praised.
I wanted you.

You had not time?__Oh! so you said.
While My sad Heart in silence bled.
Among Your friends long hours you spent.
While I__ My loving Heart was rent,
in solitude.

I do not like to be alone.
I want you
much more than all the friends you own,
I want you.
Tomorrow you will surely come.
Remember, I am helpless, dumb__

Ah! Could you not one moment spare?

-From Flowers from the Garden of the Precious Blood

Monday, March 02, 2015

Pope Francis to Open Worldwide Day of Adoration and Confession

VATICAN CITY — On March 13-14, the Vatican is hoping churches worldwide will participate in an initiative to stay open for 24 hours to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist and a chance to go to confession.

Pope Francis will open the Lenten initiative, called “24 Hours for the Lord” by presiding at a penitential celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13.

Following the conclusion of this service, a number of churches throughout Rome will remain open for 24 hours, with confessors available as well as Eucharistic adoration.

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, has invited dioceses, parishes and communities around the world to adapt the initiative to their local situations and needs. It has produced a poster to help with the event, as well as a pastoral booklet in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Polish.

The resource “will enable all people, be they near or distant from the Church, to reflect upon and celebrate the great gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness,” the pontifical council says. To download the poster and acquire this pastoral aid, please go to      
Read the rest HERE