Sunday, October 25, 2009

Give Us This Day Our Daily International Bread

If you decide to visit your child's classroom, a good day to drop in would be International Food Luncheon Day: Philippine lumpia, German potato salad & red cabbage, Indonesian chicken curry, Irish soda bread, French chocolate mouse, English fish & chips (my sons contribution) and much, much more. Some days it's good to be a Dad.

It was a nice reminder to watch as each child introduced a facet of his or her personal heritage through food and a few interesting national facts. So many cultures, so much food. And one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

Thank you God, for preparing such a bountiful table. Thank You for the lumpia, the curry, and for deep fried anything. Thank You also for the Diaz's, the Kellys, and the Hiendshaws. Thank You for the vast diversity we behold in Your human face, and the unifying singleness we share in Your one mystical Body. Amen.

And then - there was dessert: Philippine sweet rice, Scotch candied apples, Indonesian fried bananas, Mexican candy . . .

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'll Get Right On That . . .

The Patron Saint of Procrastinators

(to be determined)

. . . actually, there is a Patron Saint for Procrastinators - sort of.

St. Expeditus, Martyr, is invoked by many for assistance in overcoming procrastination, and as a "special delivery" quick response intercessorary prayer buddy. The problem is, some scholars now believe that he may be more myth than man. Many, though, still consider St. Expeditus a valid member of the good guy team, and his popularity is growing. For more on the debate check here and here.

As for me, my sainted Mother always said that no prayer was wasted, so I will add St. Expeditus to my personal prayer team.
Wouldn't it be cool if people got as excited about building a personal prayer team as they did about fantasy sports leagues?
Guy 1: So - who ya got?

Guy 2: Let's see. I have St Francis, St. Monica, - and St. Peter, of course.

Guy 1: Of course.

Guy 2: And I just picked up St. Remigius.

Guy 1: Epedemics!

Guy 2: Yeah. Ya know, flu season and all.

Guy 1: Smart pick. I just added St. Cajetan.

Guy 2: Patron for the unemployed. Things ok at work?

Guy 1: You can never be too sure. And I drafted St. Michael.

Guy 2: Sweet! I wanted him.

Guy 1: Go ahead and add him. The roster is unlimited, and there's no salary cap.
Prayer to St. Expeditus invoking his intercession before the Lord for the swift resolution of economic problems:
I come before you, St Expeditus, to remedy economic problems in my work and in my home and to ask for your powerful support. Saint Expeditus, protect my income, that I may obtain sufficient money for necessities, and tranquility and joy will reign in my house.By your grace, blessed saint, I request and I pray that I will achieve my desire. (State your petition) And I will give thanks for your glorious intercession. Amen

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bombing the Moon

AP - NASA Releases photo of lunar impact.

Man in Moon Cries Foul. World braces for retaliatory moonbeams.