Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Martyrs Of Douai






Today I went on one of my phone apps that talks about the saint of the day, etc. I found out that today is the feast day of the Douai College Martyrs. Have you ever heard of them? When I read their story, I was completely blown away! 

These 160 holy priests, laypeople, and college members suffered the cruelest forms of torture before dying for the Faith in England in the 1500s (hanging, horrific torture, and beheading).  As I read about them, a movie was playing in my head. I could see these English priests, who were formed and ordained in France, sneaking over to Protestant England in the middle of the night to celebrate the sacraments for ostracized Catholics, celebrating Mass in secret, providing the sacraments, all knowing that if they were caught, they'd be tortured and hung for treason. This movie would be simply incredible being played out on the big screen, and would serve as a beautiful evangelization tool for so many. Why haven't so many of us ever heard of these martyrs? I know in England they are remembered on today, their feast day, but it boggles my mind and saddens me that so many (including myself!) know nothing of their sacrifices over here; nationality does not matter when it comes to Catholics dying in the most selfless way for the Faith, and I am so inspired by their bravery and love for Christ and His people. I have all of these images in my head of Mass being said in secret in homes of the faithful, Confession scenes, the brave families that sheltered the priests, and dying for the Eucharist. It would be absolutely incredible to see this bravery and love in action on the screen, wouldn't it? There may be documentaries available, but I'm thinking blockbuster movie here, a drama.

Here are some links to some info about the Douai Martyrs:



Screenwriters, see what you can do with this!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

"True Faith, True Fame"



Enjoy this touching video created by the Archdiocese of Detroit about our seminarians. They talk about what their plans were before they were called to the priesthood. It's beautiful, it's inspiring, and it's a must-share, so please spread it far and wide! Let's all pray for vocations and for these fine men who are saying "Yes" to God's call. But no matter what our vocation is, we are all called to be saints!












Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Retreat" Soup

I just returned from a wonderful trip to the east coast (my husband had to be near there on business and I got to tag along!) and was so pleased to be able to visit the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. I'll have a blog post about that very soon, but the fall colors and the gorgeous backdrop of the Berkshires was picture-perfect on cool, crisp autumn days in Stockbridge, MA. While my husband worked during the day (poor guy), I was able to rest and relax at the historic Red Lion Inn, peruse the quaint shops, take long autumn walks, and treat myself to solo lunches. It was a perfect little retreat for myself! The days were so beautiful that I could even eat al fresco in a cute little courtyard with my Catholic book of the moment. Walking up the very steep hill to the shrine was exercise in and of itself, helping me on my weight loss plan (as well as daily bike rides and time on the treadmill). I spent a few blessed hours each day at the shrine, beginning with Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, Holy Mass, and the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3:00.  So it was a religious retreat of sorts for me, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It was some much-needed R & R, filled with lots of prayer and discernment.


But even on religious retreats, one has to eat, right? It was at one of these lunches that I was able to have my first butternut squash soup of the season, and I came home craving it! So on this sunny, cool autumn day in Michigan,  I got to work and made a batch of this soup from Cooking Light magazine, trying to recreate the soup I had at a little cafe on the village's main street. I wasn't disappointed! If you are so inclined, make a batch yourself! I included the recipe here, with a few changes of my own to make it even better! It's rich and creamy, and I even decided against the half-and-half, opting to use lowfat milk instead. It will fill you up on a cold day!


Butternut Squash Soup

1 tablespoon butter
3 1/2 cups cubed, peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds...to save time, I bought it already prepared in the refrigerated section of the grocery store)
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add squash, carrot, and onion. Saute for about 12 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk and salt. With an immersion blender, blend until smooth. 

Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon into soup and enjoy!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Prayer on the Feast of St. Therese

Today we celebrate the feast of our beloved St. Therese, who found a direct way to God through her Little Way of being humble and simple. Her Little Way of serving God is a model for us all, young or old, rich or poor. She promised to let fall a shower of roses to all who seek her help, and she has sent so many lovely roses my way. I smile when I think of them all.

I love you, St. Therese! Therese of the Child Jesus, most loving Saint, pray for us!



Dear Little Flower, make all things lead me to heaven and God. Whether I look at the sun, the moon, the stars and the vast expanse in which they float, or whether I look at the flowers of the field, the trees of the forest, the beauties of the earth so full of color and so glorious, may they speak to me of the love and power of God; may they all sing His praises in my ear.
Like you, may I daily love Him more and more in return for His gifts. Teach me often to deny myself in my dealings with others, that I may offer to Jesus many little sacrifices of love.  
Amen.



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