And, golly, I think she'd be fun to meet. :)
Friday, February 26
Learn more about the 40 Days for Life, and please join us, even if only in prayer.
Thursday, February 25
Wednesday, February 24
Physicians promise “to do no harm,” but they are often doctoring in the presence of materials that are dangerous to human health. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which operates 23 offices in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has joined a growing movement of medical providers seeking to reduce client exposure to such toxic chemicals. “Health Care Without Harm” recognizes these substances have been linked to cancer, infertility and low-birth-weight babies.
I wonder ... do they really not see anything ironic here?
(In the video above, she begins singing at about 2:15.)
Tuesday, February 23
Monday, February 22
He also jokes about the Apple store being the closest thing to a church he has “because I am not religious…[but] I loved everything Apple.”
Dear FSA Account,
The Mount of Olives (also Mount Olivet, Hebrew: הר הזיתים, Har HaZeitim; Arabic: جبل الزيتون, الطور, Jebel ez-Zeitun, Jebel et-Tur, "Mount of the Summit") is a mountain ridge to the east of Jerusalem. It is named from the olive trees with which its sides are clothed. At the foot of the mountain is the Gardens of Gethsemane where Jesus stayed in Jerusalem, according to tradition. The Mount of Olives is the site of many important Biblical events.
In the Book of Zechariah the Mount of Olives is identified as the place from which God will begin to redeem the dead at the end of days. For this reason, Jews have always sought to be buried on the mountain, and from Biblical times to the present day the mountain has been used as a cemetery for the Jews of Jerusalem. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including those of many famous figures. Just a few of these include the tomb of Zechariah (who prophesied there), Yad Avshalom, and a host of great rabbis from the 15th to the 20th centuries including Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
I am completely blown away.
I've been reading The Dolorous Passion as my main Lenten reading. The beginning, as I mentioned, is not difficult to get through. It's amazing how much detail there is in the book. No, it's not Scripture or inspired. It's merely a private revelation, which the Church always gives us the option of accepting or not. Catholic Answers gives us a bit of an explanation (full text is at the above link):
"Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium [collective sense of the faithful] knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. Christian faith cannot accept ‘revelations’ that claim to surpass or correct the revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such ‘revelations’" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 67).
These visions, then, are left up to us as to whether or not we wish to accept them. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, however, was bound by them, since she was given them. (This site provides much more detail, and New Advent has information on the topic, as well, though their depth often proves a bit much for me. EWTN also has some information on private revelations here.)
Saturday, February 20
Friday, February 19
On to the details: Kummer buys two batches of nearly identical groceries at Wal-Mart and Whole Foods. He has them prepared in a restaurant kitchen and invites taste testers to make a blind side-by-side comparison. The Whole Food grocery set cost $50 more, $20 of which is spent on top of the line chicken breasts (Wal-Mart didn't really offer equivalently high-end meat.)
- 12 oz. uncooked egg noodles (For fun, you can also use shells or other pasta.)
- 12 oz. water-packed tuna fish, drained
- 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced (I usually buy the packages at the store in the produce section, and baby bellas ROCK in this capacity!!)
- 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
- 16 oz. fat-free sour cream
- 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard (Honey Mustard also makes for a nice flavor if you prefer the sweet.)
- 1 tsp. dried thyme (I skipped this for years because my kids weren't used to many herbs and spices in their food. They've developed a taste for it, though, and make sure I don't forget this part now.)
- 1/2 tsp. salt, or more to taste
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
- 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese or reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese (The Swiss is oh-so-creamy!!!)
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Cook noodles according to package directions without added fat or salt. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. (Or, if you're like me and lack a dishwasher, directly into the pan you'll be baking in. It's okay. You can do that. I won't tell.) Fold in tuna, mushrooms, and peas.
- Whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper together in a separate bowl; fold into the noodle mixture. Transfer to a 4 quart casserole dish (or 9"x13" pan or a half-sized warmer pan from Sam's - I am ALL ABOUT the easy clean-up, people!); top with cheese. Bake until top is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving.
Points (if you're counting): 6
Serves 8. Or, in my family, five, if the kids don't take thirds.
Thursday, February 18
Personal note from Soccer Mom: This puts those cars with a foot of snow on them in perspective. I still say, "CLEAN IT OFF!", though.)
Not very far into this book just yet, but I definitely like Chesterton's beginning. I've read other books on fixing society - I do have a degree in education, you know, and education degrees contain nearly as much information on how to fix our students as how to teach them (or even content) - and Chesterton's observation that they start with all the problems and then lead up to the Grand Solution to Fix It All is dead-on.
The weather is warming up here, and so I'm going to send the girls out to play before lunch - while the snow is still here - and take that opportunity to really start reading. A little music in the background, a cup of coffee by my side, and a book in hand.
Wednesday, February 17
Sancte Pater has a nice collection of Ash Wednesday photos. Everyone from the Pope to Premiers and VPs and peasants all are dust and ashes. All receive ashes.
I love that everyone, from the Holy Father down to the least children in our parish, receive ashes today and get the same message:
It is a very. tough. read.
Tuesday, February 16
Cinnamon Bun Pancakes, and other Fat Tuesday Matters:
Wait…that’s not what Fat Tuesday means.
Okay, I remember now. Fat Tuesday is the day before Lent, the forty-day Christian season of prayer and fasting. Growing up, we called it “Shrove Tuesday” in our Episcopal church, and celebrated every year by having a big, fat, gnarly pancake supper in the parish hall. I loved the Shrove Tuesday Pancakes Supper more than anything. And it couldn’t have been simpler, as they only served two things: pancakes and link sausage. And I used to hide out in the kitchen, sneaking spare links here and there and stuffing them in my mom’s purse so I could have a late night snack when we got home, and…
Wait…did I just admit that?
Over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog, I just posted a step-by-step recipe for Cinnamon Bun Pancakes, submitted by Tasty Kitchen member sapeylissy. I served them two ways: with butter and maple syrup…
And with a white maple icing…
Here’s the recipe:
If you’re serious about having a pancake supper tonight, here’s another Tasty Kitchen post from a couple of weeks ago, which contains many, many links for many, many different pancake recipe. Go crazy and make a couple of different varieties!
We’ll worry about penitence tomorrow.