If you are like me, you have a child who refuses any reasonable amounts of Thanksgiving food, here are five macaroni and cheese recipes. Macaroni and cheese is one of the maybe ten foods in my son's rotation. I can get him to have bites of turkey, green beans, etc but only in order to get to the good stuff-homemade mac n cheese.
Can I wear a rosary? Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum University “Wearing a sacred object is not the same as using it in a secular or inappropriate manner. In fact, many religious congregations wear the rosary as part of their habit, usually hanging from a belt. There are also several historical cases of laypeople wearing the rosary for devotional purposes. I think that the key to answering this question can be found in St. Paul: "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). In other words, there should be no indifferent or irrelevant actions in the life of a Christian.”
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So whoever you are and whatever you believe if you wear a rosary necklace be the best person you can be! FH
It is the month of May and it’s time to talk about Mary. The Mary of devotion, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. For many cultures the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary. This month is considered the season of the beginning of new life, the beginning of growth and the fertility of the land. May begins with the crowning of Mary- a tradition of presenting the statue of Mary with a crown of flowers in honor of her existence- and continues with daily devotions dedicated to her. This medieval custom began in Italy and the month of May became the month of Mary. As a woman and a mother I choose to recognize her as such and feel honored on this day as well. No coincidence that Mother’s Day is in the month of May!
Mary is the greatest of all Christian saints it’s believed, since she was the mother of Jesus. As Christ possesses two natures, human and divine, Mary was the Mother of God in his human nature. This special role of Mary in salvation history is clearly depicted in the Gospel in which she is seen constantly at her son’s side during his missions. This Queen is also our Mother but not in the physical sense, she is called a spiritual mother, for she conceives, gives birth, and nurtures the spiritual lives of grace for each person. That’s a mother’s role- to nurture the spiritual life of your child and your family which then spreads through a community and the world. Women can reflect on that each May and realize their universal importance to their family and beyond.
Why not keep Mary close to your heart with a beautiful antiqued bronze medallion on a silk cord? From Tara Gasparian at Jboutiq and adorned with gold beads. Reverence meets fashion. $80
I’m going to let you in on a little secret I learned about medieval Viking men while traveling around Norway: They were handsome and well groomed and maybe even…ahem…hot.
Viking men, unlike most of their medieval (and current??) counterparts, were known for their grooming. They bathed once a week, combed their hair, groomed their beards, wore nice clothing, and used scented oils to, one can only speculate, increase their appeal to the fairer sex.
I was visiting the ancient Borgund stave church in southern Norway, where in 1180 AD, Viking paganism collided with Christianity, and where both faiths failed to protect the Laerdal Valley from the Black Death just a century or two later. This site is home to one of the few original stave churches remaining in all of Europe, and is under the protection of the Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments. Guests at the church are greeted by guides, fluent in many languages, who revealed to me what I am now calling “The Viking Secret.”
Outside, the church is sheltered by the steeply wooded hills of this glacial valley. The medieval appearance of the church is well-preserved, with stepped roofs and angular gables rising dramatically to the moody skies above. The walls and roofs are protected by ancient pitch-covered shingles, the ridges decorated with finials in shapes of dragons and Christian crosses. The exterior doors are heavily embellished with swirling snakes, animals, and foliage, intricate motifs that hark back to the structure’s Viking designers.
It’s an ancient holy site, one that has stood for nearly a millennium against the ravages of war and the devastation of disease. Inside, the church is nearly empty, but some ancient relics remain. The massive stone altar blocks are thought to be a remnant of pagan ritual practices. The pulpit, dating from the 1500's, still boasts colorful, if somewhat worn, paint, and the paintings of Jesus at the altar, dimly illuminated by tiny windows set high in the walls, date to 1620.
The walls and doors of the church are heavily marked by runic inscriptions, the graffiti of the day. My guide leads me to one corner, tucked away behind an entrance pillar, where stands perhaps the most famous runic inscription at the site. It reads “Thorir carved these runes on the eve of Olavs-mass, as he travelled past here. The Fates created measures of good, evil, and great toil before me.”
The great interest of this church, to me, is the evidence that pagan beliefs lingered within the worshippers at the site, even as they adopted Christianity. Thorir’s words testify to lingering beliefs in the Fates, known as “Norns” in Norwegian mythology, who are present at every birth and cast upon the baby the toils of their coming life. These words of pagan belief were carved, presumably, on the evening before an important Christian festival for St. Olav.
But back to the "Viking Secret." Hidden under a low eave, nearly invisible to passers-by, is a portrait of a Viking man. His hair is combed, appears clean, and his beard is tidy. He could almost pass for the medieval version of a skinny-jeaned hipster. According to the writings of English cleric John of Wallingford, writing in the 11th century, this Viking attention to personal hygiene was directly related to efforts to “seduce high-born English women.” Viking warriors were accused by this outraged English cleric of undermining the virtue of married women and seducing the daughters of noblemen, adding insult to injury to the residents of the lands they conquered.
I wonder as I leave the church about the travels of Thorir. Is he the handsome, well groomed man depicted in the portrait? I think it unlikely, as he seems to have been a traveler, merely passing through. Whoever this man may be, he is indeed a handsome Viking, sporting a style that, even a thousand years later, has a certain appeal and might even be described as…ahem…hot. Ah, those Viking men (and beards).
If the Pope had time-and the PopeMobile could fly- he just might stop in one of these establishments aptly named to attract the holiest. We start in Napa and end out East - a fun take on where the pope would eat and drink.
WHERE THE POPE WOULD EAT
Food fit for a lumberjack works for His Holiness as well. On the finer side of things in this rustic town, the Pope can expect the chef to turn out his best.
Nunn's is founded by the Nunn family, not by a woman in a habit. No matter, their Southern-style bbq is for the Pope not to miss. A stop in this neighborhood joint would be rejoiced!
The pride of Loudon County and serving local wine and beer to go with their heavenly smoked meats. The Pope cannot pass up a bite or three of their Smoked Gouda Mac'n'Cheese. There's a reason they were named the Best Food Truck in the DC area!
They began as a leap of faith 11 years ago with a goal to uplift and inspire their guests. They've since earned rave reviews and are a crowd favorite as a place to unwind. The Pope can sit back, put his feet up and enjoy a contemporary American meal and experience amazing Grace.
WHERE THE POPE WOULD DRINK
They named a wine after the Pope- Cabernet FRANC-is-a 2012 red. Not only that, they have a beautiful Madonna statue in their vineyard and the owners are Catholic. Did we mention they make wine?
Eat. Drink. Repent. That's their motto and why not? Smack dab in the middle of urban Portland living. The Pope could have a pint of microbrews and then bless a few needy. Oregon is the least religious state in the country but one of the most open minded. No judgement!
Not open to the public, but very welcoming to the Pope! He can stop here for a private tasting of Extra Dark Roast, coffee roasted by Roman Catholic Carmelite Monks. They have faced opposition in a place where one doesn't expect to see a French Gothic-style monastery. The Pope's blessing most welcome here!
In the city that hosted the papal visit- the Bishop's Collar was prepared for the onslaught of tourists. Their slogan: Salvation by the Pint. Come worship with us. Enough said!
They call this gorgeous bar "the affair bar". If the Pope gives notice of his impending arrival, surely everyone will be on their holiest behavior. Perhaps he will try an Sgroppino-The Temple Bar's take on the lemon-y Italian cocktail.