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Encountering God in His Creation 1 FRANCISCAN WAY - February 27, 2015 ... sitting next to water or within the woods that I find a stillness within me which brings me to God's peace and love. In fact, I was first drawn to St. Francis because he was the patron saint of ecology. Since then I have realized that there is much more about him and his spirituality that I love including his love of the cross and the Eucharist. Yet, his ability to see God and God's will and works within creation remains one of the ways in ...http://1franciscanway.blogspot.com/2015/02/encountering-god-in-his-creation.html

The Dominicans Rejoiced and So Did We! PRINTS OF GRACE - February 15, 2015 http://printsofgrace.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-Dominicans-Rejoiced-and-So-Did-We.html

St. Blaise and the Blessing of the Throats CATHOLIC FIRE - February 3, 2015 ... especially of sore or diseased throats. Thus, he is the patron of those suffering from throat ailments. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, St. Blaise became one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. Blessing of the Throats This is the day when we, as Catholics, participate in the beautiful sacramental of having our throats blessed. The aid of St. Blaise is asked in delivering the faithful from throat ailments and other evils.To do this, the priest consecrates two ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/st-blaise-and-blessing-of-throats.html

Saint Anthony of the Desert: Founder of Monasticism CATHOLIC FIRE - January 17, 2015 The saint of the day for January 17 is St. Anthony of the Desert (c. 251–356), a religious hermit and monk, who is known as the founder of monasticism. His rule of order was one of the first to create guidelines for monastic living. He became a monk at age 20 and withdrew into total solitude on a desert mountain near the Nile River. His only food was bread and water, which he never tasted before sunset, and sometimes only once in two, three, or four ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-anthony-of-desert-founder-of.html

Saint of the Day: Paul the Hermit DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 15, 2015 The following comes from the Patron Saints Index: Paul grew up in an upper-class, Christian family. He was well educated, fluent in Greek and Egyptian. His parents died when the boy was 15. When the persecutions of Decius began a few years later, Paul fled into the desert to escape both them, and the machinations of his brother Peter and other family members who wanted his property. He lived as a desert hermit in a cave the remainder of his 113 year life, surviving off ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-of-day-paul-hermit.html

St. Amand and King Dagobert of the Franks ALIENS IN THIS WORLD - January 2, 2015 ... his aunt Gormatrude. She didn't have kids, so he divorced her. Then he was married to three wives who ranked as queens (Nanthild, Wulfegundis and Berchildis), and he had several concubines too (including Ragnetrude, the mother of King Sigebert III of Austrasia). Dagobert also assassinated several potential claimants for thrones (who were mostly his kin). He did have a darned good prime minister (St. Eligius, honest goldsmith, engineer, statesman, and mystic) but he didn't listen to the ...http://suburbanbanshee.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/st-amand-and-king-dagobert-of-the-franks/

Enlivened by Joy: Gaudete Sunday MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - December 14, 2014 http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2014/12/enlivened-by-joy-gaudete-sunday.html

Santa Lucia Leves (St. Lucy Soup) CATHOLIC CUISINE - December 10, 2014 ... for her Christian faith. St. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye problems, as she gives hope to see the Light and Savior of the World—Jesus! Santa Lucia Leves is a Hungarian recipe. This soup can be served during the season of Advent and Christmas and on the Feast Day of St. Lucy. Recipe (Adapted from Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Scheugraf) Ingredients ½ cup rice, uncooked 8 cups water 1 teaspoon salt ½ ...http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2014/12/santa-lucia-leves-st-lucy-soup.html

St. Cecilia: Patron of Poets and Musicians CATHOLIC FIRE - November 22, 2014 ... a Roman officer charged with their execution, was converted by a vision that he saw in the hour of their death. After professing Christianity, he, too, was martyred. The three were buried by the grieving Cecilia. Soon after, she was sentenced to death. The prefect tried to reason with her, but she remained strong in her faith. Consequently, he gave an order that she was to be suffocated in her own bathroom. Surviving this attempt on her life, a soldier was sent to behead her. He struck her ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/11/st-cecilia-patron-of-poets-and-musicians.html

St. Lawrence O'Toole: Pious Peacemaker CATHOLIC FIRE - November 14, 2014 The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence (also spelled Laurence) O'Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence O'Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O'Byrne. At the age of 10, Lawrence was taken hostage by King Mac Murehad of Leinster, who treated him with such cruelty that his father convinced the King to turn him over to the Bishop of Glendalough. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/11/st-lawrence-otoole-pious-peacemaker.html

7 Quick Takes THE FIRE WITHIN - November 7, 2014 ... I've been on a "meal plan" for 6 weeks now and most of my meals are focused around protein and veggies. Roasted broccoli was getting old and I can't do raw veggies so I made this up: 4 cups steamed cauliflower, 4 mini bell peppers, 1 carrot, large slice onion, cilantro, 2 cups kale, 6 mini grape tomatoes, 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock, 1/4 avocado, pink Himalayan sea salt (SO GOOOOOD), ground pepper, cumin. Blend it all up. TOP WITH SRIRACHA. Mmmmmm. 5 cups of thick yummy soup. 300 ...http://mikeandkristine.blogspot.com/2014/11/7-quick-takes.html