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Saturday, October 18, 2014

To Give Light To Them That Sit in Darkness

Franciscan University ~ Latin Mass ~ Fr. Dan Pattee - Feast of St. Luke

To give light to them that sit in darkness 
and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace. 
(St. Luke, 1. 79)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another Son to Franciscan University!

My 2nd homeschooler received his acceptance letter to college today. So proud of his hard work!

He'll be joining his brother at Franciscan University.  Deo Gratias! 
"There’s no place quite like Franciscan University of Steubenville, and its students’ enthusiasm for serving God both during and after their college years is most refreshing and exciting.
"Few institutions share Franciscan University’s reputation for strong Catholic identity… a thoroughly Catholic environment that prepares servants of God for every walk of life, while offering a solid education and vibrant campus life."
—From The Cardinal Newman Society write-up of us in their 2015 Guide to Choosing a Catholic College

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photo Walk of Delaware City - What a Quaint, Waterfront Town!

Sometimes you can find enchantment in your own backyard....

There's a paved trail along the canal in Delaware City that will eventually grow to 16 miles long. "The 6.1-mile paved shared-use recreational trail provides visitors with a spectacular view of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal."

On my 2nd photo walk with my local "Clickin" group we visited Delaware City. What a charming and quaint town, with buildings from the early 1800s.  Being by the water is its crowning feature.

It looks out upon Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware and sidles up beside The C&D Canal.

At the center of it is the historic Central Hotel, which now holds offices for the American Birding Association.

Our guide on this sun-drenched day was Christine, the owner of Cordelia's Cafe.  Besides the wonderful lunch she walked with us and shared much about the history of the area and its resurgence.

This is a spot to return to...great tea sandwiches and dessert delights!

But I would also like to sample the offerings at the local gastro pub, too.  It's touted as gourmet pub fare and a tour inside highlighted the recovered tin ceilings and walls. Adorning the walls are old photos of the town's history. Prepare yourself for the name...I kid you not...Lewinsky's on Clinton.  Reminder to NOT go there on Thursday nights wearing a blue dress.

 I hope to walk these streets again soon and check out some of the other shops. This is a spot that encompasses charm, exercise, history and good food!

Images on FLICKR.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin Pancakes - An October Tradition

On the first weekend of October, I continue a tradition my mother started....Pumpkin Pancakes with Hot Apple Cider Sauce! 

And I'm teaching my daughter how to carry on this delight.

Here's how I make them. 

I make it easy by using regular pancake mix.  I follow the box directions except where it calls for milk.  I do half milk and half apple cider.  Also, I add in a large dollop of the canned pumpkin till the batter turns orange.

The batter can be thick and you may want to add more liquid to thin it..or kind of paint it and shake it out in the skillet to spread it out. Also, cook it on the medium heat and perhaps longer than you're used to in order to cook the insides.

For the Apple Cider Sauce....which really makes the dish, I first slice apples and cook them in a saute pan with some butter.

I sprinkle some pumpkin pie seasoning on them, too.  (I add some of the spice to the batter, too.)

When they smell divine and are cooked soft I add apple cider and maple syrup and the sauce is heated for use over the pancakes.  It's a looser and more liquid-y sauce than syrup and the pancakes soak it up quickly.  You'll pour some on the pancakes and then it seems to disappear, so make more than you think is necessary.

Your kitchen is going to smell like fall!

Ladle this sauce...with plenty of apples over your hot pancakes and fork up a bite that includes an apple and your eyes will roll!

It's the taste of fall to we look forward to! (Leftovers warm up great in the microwave, next day...if you have any.)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

St. Francis Quotes - More Than Just An Animal Lover

I often feel people reduce St. Francis to just an animal lover.  He was more than that. Chesterton said of him - 
To most people ... there is a fascinating inconsistency in the position of Saint Francis. He expressed in loftier and bolder language than any earthly thinker the conception that laughter is as divine as tears. He called his monks the mountebanks of God. He never forgot to take pleasure in a bird as it flashed past him, or a drop of water as it fell from his finger: he was, perhaps, the happiest of the sons of men. Yet this man undoubtedly founded his whole polity on the negation of what we think the most imperious necessities; in his three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, he denied to himself and those he loved most, property, love, and liberty. Why was it that the most large-hearted and poetic spirits in that age found their most congenial atmosphere in these awful renunciations? Why did he who loved where all men were blind, seek to blind himself where all men loved? Why was he a monk and not a troubadour? These questions are far too large to be answered fully here, but in any life of Francis they ought at least to have been asked; we have a suspicion that if they were answered we should suddenly find that much of the enigma of this sullen time of ours was answered also.
St. Francis did have tremendous compassion
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” 
But it exceeded beyond animals ... there is more to learn and take from his example.

He was also about walking the talk
The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” 

He was about heaven
 Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given.” 

He was about the wisdom of submitting and trusting in God
 Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, he courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” 

He spoke about transforming ourselves
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” 
About striving for Sainthood
 Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” 
He recognized sin and rather than diminish it with some live-and-let-live mentality he advised we own up to it and it's harm
Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins. ” 
St. Francis was the first Stigmatic and taught the value in suffering
 And St. Francis said: 'My dear son, be patient, because the weaknesses of the body are given to us in this world by God for the salvation of the soul. So they are of great merit when they are borne patiently.” 
And finally -   
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying [to ourselves] that we are born to eternal life.” 
*UPDATE - The origin of the Peace prayer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Catholic Catechism I Trust

A Manual of Religion My Catholic Faith: A Catechism in Pictures is a beautiful, hardcover book I believe every Catholic family should have in their library. In fact, I am thinking I will make it my go-to-gift for Sacraments. No fluff or confusing theology here, this is detailed yet concise!

At the Amazon link above you can see inside the book for the table of content/chapters, the lovely illustrations, the format of presented material and an extensive indices. Check it out.  Consider purchasing it for Christmas. I am truly sharing a good thing...always my intent when I take the time to blog....

While I believe every family would benefit from having it in hand, you can access it online, for FREE. I have the resource linked on my 8th grade Pinterest board

Recently we used it as a guide in understanding the Catholic Church's teaching on Infallibility.  So clear and detailed...a comprehensive apologetics! It was a joy to read aloud with my son and I too felt better prepared to defend my faith going forward. 
Actually, every time I open the book I am enlightened! 

I hear people complaining about religious ed materials and I agree that many are lacking. This has become the resource I trust. Explanations are logically laid out, where sadly other catechisms and religious ed materials can be confusing and ambiguous. So I share....God bless!

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story - What It Teaches

I am always looking for films that will depict to my children the lives of virtuous and admirable individuals.  This one came recommended and I was happy to see it on Netflix.  Coincidentally, it arrived at my home around the time when Dr. Ben Carson is in the news for his probable run for the Presidency.  However, the film is about his career as a world premiere brain surgeon and his journey to that success.

There will be more to learn about Dr. Ben Carson, but this film did what I had hoped. It kept my childrens' attention and showed them:

 * the value of hard-work 
 * overcoming adversity, obstacles
 * appreciation of education, reading, classical music
 * working through our own doubts of our abilities 
 * problem solving 
 * daily prayer and relying on God in our darkest hours 
 * conquering anger 
 * the trap of trying to fit in with bad companions 
 * discerning and using your God-given talents
 * there's a special way YOU learn
 * it's possible to reinvent yourself - change perceptions
 * showing kindness...positivity... to those that are unkind/negative
 * patience
 * ALL Life is worthwhile and should be valued/saved

They came away realizing how challenges will be a part of their life and how they might use Dr. Ben Carson as an example for how to surmount those challenges. I hope the images from the movie and our conversation will be relived in their imaginations and strengthen their faith and resolve.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Want to Know More About the Seven Archangels?

Want to know more about the 7 Archangels? We did. We found this wonderful LINK with descriptions and prayers. (Go to link to read about all 7.)

The names of the Seven Archangels 
Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, 
Uriel, Jehudiel, 
Sealtiel and Barachiel.

My daughter and I especially liked this image of St. Gabriel and I felt drawn to him for his intercession as a communicator.

Prayers to St. Gabriel the Archangel

Heavenly Father, 
through the salutation of the 
Archangel Gabriel, 
may we honor the 
Incarnation of Your Divine Son. 

Through his faithful intercessions 
may we strive always to imitate 
the holy virtues of the 
Mother of our Savior 
and respond to our Father, 

"Be it done unto me according to Thy Word". 

Archangel Gabriel, 
please praise our  Father for the gift of His Son, 
praying, one day by His grace, through His Mother, 
we may all be one fold,
one Church, 
one Shepherd. 
~ adapted from the chaplet of St. Gabriel

TODAY is a perfect day to ask for prayers from those before the Throne of God. There are Archangels to pray for intercessory help with Marriage, for Priests, for Mercy and more...DEO GRATIAS!

UPDATE -   EWTN "The Sacred Scriptures have revealed the proper names of only three Angels, all of whom belong to the Choir of the Archangels. The names are well known to all, namely: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael. Ancient apocryphal literature of the Old Testament contains several other names of Archangels in addition to the three just mentioned. Like the sources themselves, these other names are spurious. Names like Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jeremiel are not found in the canonical books of Sacred Scripture, but in the apocryphal book of Enoch, fourth book of Esdras,[1] and in rabbinical literature. The Church does not permit proper names of Angels that are not found in the canonical books of the Bible. All such names that were taken from apocryphal writings were rejected under Pope Zachary, in 745. There must have been danger of serious abuses in this regard during that century, because a similar step was taken in a synod held at Aix-la-Chapelle in 789."

From Catholic News Agency -