tomorrow is first Friday
St. Elizabeth ANN
SETON-11TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS-Spaghetti
Psalm 49, Verse 6-7
6 Why should I FEAR in evil days, with the iniquity of my assailants surrounding me, 7 of those who trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches?
in Christ our savior and live the virtues of our Lady: humility, generosity,
chastity, patience, temperance, and love of fellow man. Do not put your faith
in coin for the bankruptcy of our cultural heart is that we allow the innocent
to be killed in this nation. God cries over the sacrifices of future unborn
children for the dreams of the mother. No amount of future happiness or gain in
independence is worth the life of an innocent. Know that life is greater than
liberty and liberty is greater than wealth.
Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains. But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. (Tm. 6:2-12)
If we truly wish to make our nation great again, we ourselves must grow in holiness and then in turn our families will build holy communities and holy communities will build a Holy Nation.
Widow Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
wife, mother and foundress of a religious congregation was born Elizabeth Ann
Bayley on August 28, 1774, in New York City, the daughter of an eminent
physician and professor at what is now Columbia University. Brought up as an
Episcopalian, she received an excellent education, and from her early years she
manifested an unusual concern for the poor.
1794 Elizabeth married William Seton, with whom she had five children. The loss
of their fortune so affected William's health that in 1803 Elizabeth and
William went to stay with Catholic friends at Livorno, Italy. William died six
weeks after their arrival, and when Elizabeth returned to New York City some
six months later, she was already a convinced Catholic. She met with stern
opposition from her Episcopalian friends but was received into full communion
with the Catholic Church on March 4, 1805.
by her friends and relatives, Elizabeth was invited by the superior of the
Sulpicians in Baltimore to launch a school for girls in that city. The school
prospered, and eventually the Sulpician superior, with the approval of Bishop
Carroll, gave Elizabeth and her assistants a rule of life. They were also
permitted to make religious profession and to wear a religious habit.
1809 Elizabeth moved her young community to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she
adopted as a rule of life an adaptation of the rule observed by the Sisters of
Charity, founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Although she did not neglect the
ministry to the poor, and especially to Negroes, she actually laid the
foundation for what became the American parochial school system. She trained
teachers and prepared textbooks for use in schools; she also opened orphanages
in Philadelphia and New York City. She died at Emmitsburg on January 4, 1821,
was beatified by Pope John XXIII in 1963, and was canonized by Pope Paul VI in
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Day
Elizabeth Seton was born of a
wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian family. She was baptized in the
Episcopal faith and was a faithful adherent of the Episcopal Church until her
conversion to Catholicism.
Day Eleven activity (Story Time)
Read: Today we remember the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized as a saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Reflect: Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God, the light which so unexpectedly [on the night of Christmas] entered into our night.
Pray: Pray for the intersession of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton today.
Act: Aim to put these practices of building a domestic Church into action.
11th day of Christmas
11 pipers piping is a sign for the eleven faithful apostles. It is
interesting to note that Judas’ sin was due to fear, greed, pride, and
envy. Today would be a good day to read about the remaining 11 pipers and
their courage to create a Kingdom of God that changed the world.
One of the world’s favorite dishes, spaghetti, is more than deserving of its own little holiday. And because it is both simple and delicious, spaghetti is the perfect dish to make to bring out your inner chef, even if you don’t have all that much cooking experience!
people don’t know that the first historical reference to boiled noodles
suggests that the Arabs invented the dish thousands of years ago, long before
it became a staple of Italian cuisine.
What’s especially remarkable about this is that historical records actually refer to dried noodles being purchased from a street vendor, which means that pasta has been sold in stores since at least the 5th century A.D.! Of course, today we associate pasta with the Italians, who revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes.
The first Western pasta was likely long, thin forms made in Sicily around the 12th century; till this day, spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines.” However, the popularity of pasta only spread across the whole country of Italy after the establishment of pasta factories in the 19th century, substantially shortening the time needed for making dishes like spaghetti and enabling the mass production of pasta for the Italian market.
steady flow of Italian immigrants to the United States brought traditional
Italian dishes with it, and spaghetti was offered in restaurants as early as
the 19th century. Spaghetti then gained popularity all over the world.
Spaghetti Day Recipe
Ingredients: (serves 2)
1/2 medium onion
1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
200g tin chopped tomatoes
20g pack basil leaves, chopped finely
200g dried spaghetti (roughly half of a 500g pack)
100g ball mozzarella
a few pinches of salt & a bit of oil for the pasta
Peel the onion and the garlic and chop both finely. Set a large
frying pan over medium heat and when hot, pour in the oil then add the onion.
Cook the onion for about 4-5 mins, or until it softens, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic, cook 2 mins more until fragrant. Then, add the tomatoes and
half the basil. Leave to gently bubble for 15 mins or so, stirring
occasionally–the sauce should become thick and pulpy. Break up any large clumps
of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon.
Pour water ¾ of the way up your largest pot. Heat over a high heat
and add several large pinches of salt and a spoon or so of oil. When water has
reached a rolling boil, put the spaghetti in it. Giving it a stir every now and
then stir to separate the pasta, cook it according to pack instructions,
usually about 10 mins. Before you finish cooking it, taste a strand of the
pasta. It should be just soft, but not mushy. Scoop out a cup of water before
draining and set aside (this will help to loosen your sauce). Put the
drained pasta back into its cooking pan, then pour in the tomato sauce.
Give everything a good stir. The sauce should just coat the pasta,
but if it is thick and looks dry, stir in a few spoons of the pasta water you
set aside before. If it is watery, cook over a low heat for 2-3 mins or until
evaporates, stirring often.
Use your hands to break the mozzarella into chunky pieces and stir
through the pasta along with the remaining basil leaves.
Serve straight away.
THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER ONE-THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
I. Mercy and Sin
1846 The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God's
mercy to sinners. The angel announced to Joseph: "You shall call his
name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." The same is
true of the Eucharist, the sacrament of redemption: "This is my blood of
the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
1847 "God created us without us: but he did not will
to save us without us." To receive his mercy, we must admit our
faults. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1848 As St. Paul affirms, "Where sin increased, grace
abounded all the more." But to do its work grace must uncover sin so
as to convert our hearts and bestow on us "righteousness to eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord." Like a physician who probes the wound
before treating it, God, by his Word and by his Spirit, casts a living light on
Conversion requires convincing of sin; it includes the
interior judgment of conscience, and this, being a proof of the action of the
Spirit of truth in man's inmost being, becomes at the same time the start of a
new grant of grace and love: "Receive the Holy Spirit." Thus in this
"convincing concerning sin" we discover a double gift: the gift of
the truth of conscience and the gift of the certainty of redemption. The Spirit
of truth is the Consoler.
Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord
gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some
theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We
should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed
sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not
plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal.
Be at Peace.
Today’s menu is in anticipation of today’s saint.