Archive | November, 2018

The Catholic Table, family dinner, shepherdess pie, emily stimpson chapman

Recipe: Beer and Bourbon Shepherdess Pie

What you can’t seen in the above picture are 16 hungry guests, patiently waiting to pray (and eat!), while I took that picture. They really deserve a round of applause. Regardless, although the pictures of the Shepherd’s Pie (renamed “Shepherdess Pie” by my friends) may not be anything to write home about, the actual dish

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Feast Days, The Catholic Table, Emily Stimpson Chapman

How to Feast and Fast with the Church

The Church’s call to feast and the Church’s command to fast are, at least in my world, two of her greatest gifts. When done rightly and done well, feasting and fasting bring the whole person—body and soul—into the liturgical rhythms of the Church. They make the liturgical seasons incarnate in our homes and communities. They

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Mary's fiat, Regis Martin, The Beggar's Banquet

All Salvation Comes through Christ, but Does It Depend on Mary?

There exists a charming and instructive tradition in the Church—perhaps of apocryphal origin, I do not know—which traces its pedigree back at least as far as Tertullian, that fiery North African Father of the third century, according to which our Blessed Lord died on the Cross exactly thirty-three years to the day following His conception

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¡Alerta! : Scott Hahn reflexiona sobre el Primer Domingo de Adviento

Download Audio FileCada Adviento, la liturgia de la Palabra nos reorienta con respecto a nuestro sentido del tiempo. Con toda intención, en las lecturas de las próximas cuatro semanas, nos presentará tensión entre promesa y cumplimiento; expectación y liberación; futuro y pasado. En la primera lectura de hoy, el profeta Jeremías guía nuestra atención hacia

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Heads Up: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

Download Audio FileEvery Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension in the next four weeks’ readings—between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back. In today’s First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah focuses our gaze on the promise God made to David,

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Spiritual direction, listening, fr. Boniface Hicks,

Learning to Listen: Advice for Spiritual Directors

My relationship with my spiritual director has been life-changing. From our first meetings, I learned quickly that he was an excellent listener and that in this relationship it was safe to be completely transparent. He always received me with love, patience, and understanding. Furthermore, as I met with him, I could tell that he really

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Meatless Fridays, cauliflower and gruyere tart, emily stimpson chapman, the catholic table

Recipe: Simple Cauliflower and Gruyere Tart

What words come to mind when you hear “Cauliflower and Gruyere Tart”? “Cozy” comes to mine; I made this on a snowy Saturday afternoon, when everything in me was craving warmth and comfort. Also, “savory”; a buttery crust, paired with a rich gruyere, salty peccorino-romano, golden roasted cauliflower, and just a hint of spice…mmmm. And

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How to Become a more grateful person, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Catholic thanksgiving

How to Become a More Grateful Person

There is a running joke in my family about asking God for help in parking the car. My nana initiated the practice of imploring God when encountering difficulty in finding an open parking space: “Jesus, please help me find a parking spot.” Well, my dad repeats this prayer, adding his own twist at the end.

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Mary's Perpetual Virginity, The Bible and the Virgin Mary,

Understanding Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

Broadly defined, a dogma is a truth pertaining to faith or morals that has been revealed by God, transmitted from the Apostles in the Scriptures or by Tradition, defined by the Church, and which the faithful are bound to believe. The Church’s Magisterium—the pope and the bishops in union with him—has been entrusted by the

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