Sunday, May 25, 2008

What could be more wonderful than this?

O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contain all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may be for the benefit of all. Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this sacrament, in which spiritual delight is tasted at its very source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us which Christ revealed in his passion.
- St. Thomas Aquinas

Photo Credit - Mary Liz

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Social Justice in Action

One of my favorite annual events happens this week. Holy Family Catholic Adoption Agency is holding it's summer fund raiser garage sale. The charity itself is a worthy one as their mission is to work in practical ways toward an end to abortion. All prospective adoptive parents commit to a weekly hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and/or a weekly "prayerful presence outside area abortion centers." In their few years of existence eight babies have been saved from abortions and placed in loving Catholic homes.

Now on to this fund raising event ... This garage sale, held in two large buildings at the county fairground, takes donations from people all over the area. Typically, tables are piled high with a wide variety of clothing, household and garage items, sporting equipment, furniture - typical garage sale stuff. The beauty here is that instead of throwing items away, all of these people have saved them donate to this event. I know in our house, we always have a box (or several) in our garage, ready to receive the things for which we no longer have a use. A group of volunteers of all ages come on drop-off day to sort items. On the sale days there are long lines waiting for the doors to open. And this is the third part I love about this event - nothing is priced; they just ask patrons to consider what they can afford and what the items are worth, and then to pay a donation based on that.

The entire system exemplifies social justice principles at their best. We are provided with a practical way of being good stewards, lives are being saved, prayer is encouraged, people who can afford to give donate generously, and those who can't afford much are still provided with the clothing and other goods they need.

Besides all that, we usually come home with some treasures. While it's not specifically a Catholic event, there are lots of Catholic donors and it's not unusual to find spiritual classics, kitchsy statues, copies of bad liturgical music, Bibles, etc. This year I found several books, a beaded purse, four lovely (maybe silk) scarves, some vintage jewelry, a chapel veil, and this very classy piece which is now in a place of honor on my teacup shelf.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Church ladies (especially the dishwasher-less) often pray for an apparition of the Kitchen Madonna after a dinner party. The reason for her non-appearance was made manifest Friday: she lives at the local Catholic paraphenalia store.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Too Beautiful to Eat?

There are several interesting sources to help you cook in celebration of the Church year, but these cakes from Solomon, I Have Surpassed Thee may be the pinnacle of catechetical foods!

The artist/chef is Sister Mericia - be sure to follow the links to last year's Pentecost cake and to her creations for Christmas and Easter.
I wonder if she gives lessons?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

In Living Color

Church Ladies at a reunion yesterday

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Vatican's Site Launches Latin Edition

VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2008 - The Vatican's official Web site launched an edition in the Church's official language -- Latin.

Visitors to the site can now select "Santa Sedes -- Latine" from the home page.

A menu appears offering texts of the Popes, the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Code of Canon Law, the texts from the Second Vatican Council, and documents from the Roman Curia.

Thanks to Zenit for the article!