Monday, March 31, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions For April 2014

Vatican City, 31 March 2014 (VIS) - Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April is: "That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources".

His intention for evangelisation is: "That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness".

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New web site encourages Catholics toward frequent Confession : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:

  • The evangelical group Catholics Come Home has launched a new web site,, encouraging more frequent use of sacrament of Reconciliation.

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New web site encourages Catholics toward frequent Confession : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vegetable Stew-Lenten Recipe


1 medium Rutabaga
2 Turnips
4 Parsnips
2 carrots
3 stalks of celery
1 onion
4 cloves of garlic
salt, pepper, basil, oregano to taste
2 T tomato paste
1 cup frozen peas
1 chopped bell pepper (de-seeded)
1 chopped zucchini


Since some of these vegetables are often preserved by "waxing" them, they will need to be peeled, with a potato peeler or a paring knife (and the peels can't be saved). They are hard and need to be cubed into spoon sized pieces.

Chop and sauté the onions, celery, capsicum, courgette and garlic in a stewing pot, using enough oil for them to be moist. Add the seasonings to taste. Cover the mixture with water and then add several more cups of water. Bring to a boil and cook on low for 2 hours. Add water, and seasonings as needed. Adding the tomato paste to the stew, after an hour, adds a rich flavor and color.

If a thicker stew is desired, remove some of the broth and let it cool. Slowly add the cooled broth to a bowl with 3-4 tablespoons of flour. Whisk the flour into the liquid and add to the stew, returning the mixture to a near boil, stirring as it thickens.

This stew does very well overnight in a crock pot. It also works wonderfully well as a "pot pie," if cooked for one hour in a stew pot and then poured into a pie pan, with or without a dough bottom, and covered with pie dough. Then bake one more hour in the oven.

Theological Virtue of Hope in Hardship | 2nd Sunday in Lent | The Call of Abraham | Transfiguration on Mount Tabor -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative

The following excerpts are from Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio's "The Crossroads Initiative":

  • Imagine: you are ten years past customary retirement age.  It’s time finally to kick back and relax.  You live in a great city where everything is at your fingertips – shopping opportunities, cultural events, all your relatives and lifelong friends.  Suddenly God appears and tells you to pack up, uproot your life, and march into an uncivilized wilderness.
  • This is what happens to Abram in Genesis 12.  He lives in Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization.  He’s 75 and he and the wife are not getting any younger.  He does not even know the name of the God who calls him.

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Country Bean Soup....Great For Lent and The Best Bean Soup EVER!!

The first time I had this bean soup was at my parish after a Wednesday evening Mass during Lent. Some of the ladies at my parish had each cooked a big pot of this soup at home (following the same recipe), and then they combined them in a huge kettle in the parish kitchen. It was served with a nice crusty bread, and was so good! They came around offering seconds, and I did not pass it up. Then one of the ladies came back, and told me there was so much left, they didn't want to throw it out, would I be willing to eat a third bowl. Well, let me tell you...she did not have to twist my arm!

That's one of the great things about being a bachelor at parish meals. The ladies make sure you get fed!

So I found the recipe, and will be making this once again for myself very soon. I included at the bottom the addition of ham for after Lent, but let me tell you, this soup is so good, it doesn't need the meat! The best bean soup ever!!

1 cup dried navy, great Northern, or lima beans, sorted and rinsed
5 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 medium-size carrots, shredded
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped .
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1/4 cup minced parsley

To quick-soak beans, in a large saucepan, combine beans and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, for overnight method, combine beans and 4 cups water. Let stand in a cool place at least 8 hours or overnight.) Drain and thoroughly rinse beans.

In the same pan, combine the beans, chicken broth, cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic, bay leaves, oregano, sage, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves. Using a fork, slightly mash some of the beans against side of saucepan. Stir in the parsley. Makes 4 side-dish servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes plus soaking Cooking Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

1 Serving: Calories 180. Total Fat 1 g. Saturated Fat 0 g.
Protein 11 g. Carbohydrate 34 g. Fiber 8 g.
Sodium 288 mg. Cholesterol 0 mg.

Country Ham and Bean Soup Prepare as for Country Bean Soup, adding 1 cup bite-size pieces cooked lower-sodium ham with vegetables and omitting the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

1 Serving: Calories 242. Total Fat 3 g. Saturated Fat 1 g.
Protein 20 g. Carbohydrate 35 g. Fiber 8g.
Sodium 433 mg. Cholesterol 23 mg.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

12 Meatless Lent Meal Ideas: Your Strategy for Lent's Meatless Fridays - Taylor Marshall

For some meal suggestions for your Lenten observance, be sure to read Dr. Taylor Marshall's post below.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Enjoy Saint Patrick's Day With Mystic Monk Coffee

The Carmelite Monks of Wyoming are once again prepared for Saint Patrick's Day with not only a special coffee, but also a couple of items for those of us with a sweet tooth as well, from Mystic Monk Coffee.

First, their Irish Cream Coffee is back this year, a flavored coffee that they describe as "strong and smooth with a richness that is simply irresistible".It is available in ground regular, and ground decaf, as well as in whole bean regular. In case you want plenty to share at your parish, club, or office, they also have the this coffee available in 5 pound bags of ground regular or whole bean, so that there will be plenty for everyone.

For the chocolate lovers out there, they also have available their Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans. These espresso beans are covered in dark chocolate, and are a real treat. Don't miss out on the other chocolates they offer.

New for this year are the Mint Chocolate Crisps, tiny chocolate cookies engulfed in mint-infused chocolate.

For your convenience, you can order the Irish Cream Coffee, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, and the Mint Chocolate Crisps in Mystic Monk Coffee's Luck of the Irish Gift Set Wrapped (in a green basket) or you can choose the unwrapped Luck of the Irish Gift Set.

So show your Irish (even if you're not, poor soul), with your purchase from Mystic Monk Coffee.

Your purchase of Mystic Monk Coffee supports the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming, and this blogger!


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