Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In 2008, Pauline Books and Media published another book in their Encounter the Saints series, Saint John Vianney: A Priest for all People. This book is illustrated by Ben Hatke.
Two books for slightly older children are the Vision book The Cure of Ars: The Priest Who Out-Talked the Devil by Milton Lomask and the Mary Fabyan Windeatt book The Cure of Ars: The Story of Saint John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests.
Two books for adults or older teens are The Cure D'Ars : St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney and The Cure D'Ars Today: St John Vianney.
In December, I replied to a friend's e-mail question about confession, telling her that my pastor reminded my of St. John Vianney. In a phone conversation, with my pastor, I mentioned this to him and he let out a humble laugh.
Then I read this www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=15380, this www.hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2009/03/pontiff-proclaims-year-for-priests.html, and this www.hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2009/03/news-from-st-luke-productions.html. I am so thankful to have a pastor who follows the example of the Cure of Ars and spends hours in the confessional.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
You Are Blooming Flowers
You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.
You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.
You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.
You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The special motives for which St. Joseph has been proclaimed Patron of the Church, and from which the Church looks for singular benefit from his patronage and protection, are that Joseph was the spouse of Mary and that he was reputed the Father of Jesus Christ. From these sources have sprung his dignity, his holiness, his glory. In truth, the dignity of the Mother of God is so lofty that naught created can rank above it. But as Joseph has been united to the Blessed Virgin by the ties of marriage, it may not be doubted that he approached nearer than any to the eminent dignity by which the Mother of God surpasses so nobly all created natures. For marriage is the most intimate of all unions which from its essence imparts a community of gifts between those that by it are joined together. Thus in giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life's companion, the witness of her maidenhood, the protector of her honor, but also, by virtue of the conjugal tie, a participator in her sublime dignity. And Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God and reputed as His father among men. Hence it came about that the Word of God was humbly subject to Joseph, that He obeyed him, and that He rendered to him all those offices that children are bound to render to their parents. From this two-fold dignity flowed the obligation which nature lays upon the head of families, so that Joseph became the guardian, the administrator, and the legal defender of the divine house whose chief he was. And during the whole course of his life he fulfilled those charges and those duties. He set himself to protect with a mighty love and a daily solicitude his spouse and the Divine Infant; regularly by his work he earned what was necessary for the one and the other for nourishment and clothing; he guarded from death the Child threatened by a monarch's jealousy, and found for Him a refuge; in the miseries of the journey and in the bitternesses of exile he was ever the companion, the assistance, and the upholder of the Virgin and of Jesus. Now the divine house which Joseph ruled with the authority of a father, contained within its limits the scarce-born Church. From the same fact that the most holy Virgin is the mother of Jesus Christ is she the mother of all Christians whom she bore on Mount Calvary amid the supreme throes of the Redemption; Jesus Christ is, in a manner, the firstborn of Christians, who by the adoption and Redemption are his brothers. And for such reasons the Blessed Patriarch looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided specially to his trust—this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the Father of Jesus Christ he holds, as it were, a paternal authority. It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ.Pope Leo XIIIQUAMQUAM PLURIES (On Devotion to St. Joseph)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
In honor of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the 2009 Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference: Nurturing Catholic Family Life, two-day and family online registration prices for the month of March have been reduced to $25!
You can register for the conference by visiting: www.nwcatholicconference.com/registration.html
Please share this information with your friends!
St. Joseph, pray for us!
Christine, Lori, and Katherine
Friday, March 20, 2009
President Obama to Deliver Notre Dame Commencement
Urgent Action: Sign the open letter to
Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins and urge him to cancel Obama's commencement address, honorary doctorate, and speech set for May 17, 2009.
GO TO: www.NotreDameScandal.com
NOTRE DAME NEEDS TO HEAR FROM FAITHFUL CATHOLICS
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
EWTN provides the following devotion, www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/stjoe2.htm
Mary Reed Newland's The Year and Our Children shares this prayer:
"O glorious St. Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, obtain for me a pure, humble and charitable mind, and perfect resignation in the Divine Will. Be my guide, father and model through life that I may merit to die as thou didst, in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Amen."
St. Joseph's Ceam Puffs (Sfinge de San Giuseppe)
1 cup water
1/3 cup sweet butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
1 cup sifted flour
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups ricotta cheese
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
1 Tablespoon candied orange peel or other candied fruit peel
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling on top
For the cream puffs: Place the water, butter, granulated sugar, lemon rind, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and as soon as the butter has melted, remove the pan from heat. Add the flour all at once, stirring constantly and vigorously.
Return the pan to the heat, and stir constantly until the mixture forms a ball and comes away from the sides of the pan. Continue to cook a little longer, until you hear a slight crackling or frying sound. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly.
Add the eggs, one at a time. Be sure that each egg is thoroughly blended into the mixture before you add the next. Keep stirring until the dough is smooth and thoroughly blended. Add the vanilla. Cover the dough and let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls on a buttered cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between the Sfinge. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool. So the cream puffs will be crisp, fill just before serving if possible.
For the filling: Mix the ricotta, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, pistachios, and peel, if using it. Cut each cream puff horizontally partway through the middle and fill with the mixture.
Just before serving sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Keep refrigerated, if not serving immediately.
Say and listen to the Litany to St. Joseph.
Say this prayer to Saint Joseph.
Read Good Saint Joseph.
May God bless all fathers on the Solemnity of St. Joseph!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
1 Corned Beef
2 onions, each studded with three whole cloves
4 carrots, peeled and halved
2 ribs celery, halved
4 sprigs Italian parsley
1 green cabbage, cored and cut into 6 wedges
3 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
6 small leeks (white part and 2 inches green)
6 carrots peeled and cut into 2 ½ inch lengths
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1. Place the corned beef (do not rinse) in an extra-large pot or soup kettle. Add the onions, halved carrots, celery and parsley sprigs. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 3 hours, turning beef over in the broth every 30 minutes. When the meat is very tender, remove from the kettle and keep warm.
2. Strain the broth and return it to the kettle. Add the cabbage, potatoes, leeks, cut-up carrots, salt and pepper and 2 tbsp. of the chopped parley. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
3. Arrange the beef on a warmed serving platter and surround with the cooked vegetables. Ladle broth over the beef and vegetables, and sprinkle with the remaining chopped parsley.
Serves 6, with leftovers. We usually have guests on St. Patrick’s Day. I simply buy the largest corned beef available and increase all vegetables, based on the number of people who will be sharing our meal. Family and friends have always enjoyed this meal.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
The 14th Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference
on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, 2009
at the Seattle Police Athletic Pavilion, Tukwila, WA
Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT
Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP
Dr. Joan Cotter
Dr. Michael Kelleher
Many Catholic companies and colleges have been invited.
Register before April 18 and you will be entered to win a Door Prize.
(If you would like to donate a door prize, please contact info at nwcatholicconference.com)
You are also invited to register for Dr. Ray Guarendi's one day conference on September 26, 2009.
Register for the Northwest Catholic Family Education Conference and Dr. Ray Guarendi's mini-conference by April 18 and save $10 per person on Dr. Ray's mini-conference!
Please visit http://www.nwcatholicconference.com/ for more information or e-mail info at nwcatholicconference.com
We hope to see you in May and September!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
He had a screwdriver behind his back, but he was being honest because he used a double negative.
Murielle was born in Canada on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, and experienced suffering early in her life. When Murielle was three years old, her parents died in a car accident, leaving Murielle an orphan and a hunchback (her back was injured in the accident). Some nuns in Quebec (I am sorry that I do not remember the name of the order or Murielle's maiden name) took Murielle in and raised her. She was forever grateful to them.
As a young lady, she met Alan and fell in love. When Alan asked her to marry him, she sought permission from the nuns and from her Bishop. Alan was an Episcopalian and Murielle wanted to be sure that it was okay to marry him. The Bishop granted Murielle permission to do so and blessed her marriage. Shortly after their marriage, Murielle and Alan conceived a child. Murielle was overjoyed to be expecting, but her joy turned to sorrow when her baby boy died soon after birth. The nuns who had raised Murielle knew of her suffering and of a baby boy who needed a home. Murielle and Alan happily adopted the baby boy. He was to be their only living child.
Unfortunately, despite all of her prayers for her son at daily Mass and at home, Murielle's son got involved with drugs. He wandered in and out of prisons, breaking his mother's heart, but like St. Monica, Murielle never stopped praying for or loving her son.
My family met the Yeomans before their son was led astray, before Murielle picked up another heavy cross. She and her husband quickly adopted my siblings and me as grandchildren. Once a week, she taught my older brother and sister French. I always enjoyed going with my mom to pick them up and see my "spiritual Godmother" (a name that Murielle had given me for herself). I remember her split pea soup, her crown of thorns plant, a little container full of sayings, their German Shepherd, running through the sprinkler on the Yeoman's front lawn, Grandparents Day at school, care packages in college, and sitting with Murielle at Mass. Whenever a Protestant hymn was sung during Mass, Murielle would sing, "Love God, love God, love God." She truly did LOVE GOD!
My fondest memories of Murielle are wrapped up in childhood Christmas celebrations. Murielle used to go with my family to Midnight Mass and after Mass we would go back to her house, have a little treat, listen to her and my dad singing French Christmas carols, and open Christmas gifts from Alan and her. The gifts were usually religious in nature (books, etc.) and some are still treasured today.
Fast forward several years to when I was going out with my future husband. At that time, Murielle and Alan were living in the Bellingham area. We drove to their house so they could meet him. We spent a lovely afternoon with the Yeomans, eating split pea soup and visiting. Murielle pulled out a Christmas gift that I had given her years earlier and asked me if I wanted it back. I told her, "No", not realizing that she wanted me to take it. I wish that I had done so. Murielle and Alan were at my wedding. They gave my husband and me some antique glasses with a matching pitcher. Little did I know that this would be the last time that I would remember seeing my dear "spiritual godmother".
Requiescat in pace.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Yesterday evening, my two eldest had their first piano recital of the year. As usual, they were a little nervous. They made a couple of mistakes, but recovered fairly well. Both girls can play their pieces perfectly when not in front of an audience, but music is to be shared, so I am thankful for these opportunities for them to get up and play in front of others and overcome their fears.
Misty Moonlight by Rosco
Minuet by Johann Kreiger
Sonatina #3 in F Major by Thomas Attwood
Country Dance by Carl Czerny