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 was. Chris pronounced it one of my all time greats, and the rest of the guests at my Monday night dinner party seemed to concur.

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5 Things to Do with Your Catholic Child(ren) Every Day

“So everything that goes on in your home has a good or bad effect on your children. Try to help them with your own good example. Try not to hide your piety from them.” -St. Josemaria Escriva

Here are 5 things you can do with your kids every day to help make faith a more integral part of their lives and to strengthen their connection to Jesus and to you:

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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 also help form communities, uniting rich and poor, young and old, married and single in a common practice: eating . . . or not eating as the case may be.

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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 by the Holy Spirit in the womb of His virgin mother Mary.

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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 believed in me, and that gave me confidence in myself. He became my model for offering spiritual direction to others.

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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 most important of all, “easy”. So, so easy. Shamefully easy. Ridiculously easy. Shockingly easy.

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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 Holy Spirit to preserve, protect, and proclaim God’s revelation in the world.

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You Make Our Work Possible

Thank you for all you do to help the mission of the St. Paul Center. We want to show our appreciation by sharing Dr. Scott Hahn’s keynote address at our Fifth Annual Gala Dinner. In his keynote, Dr. Hahn had the opportunity to personally thank all our friends and supporters on behalf of the entire St. Paul Center. For those of you who couldn’t join us in person, here is Dr. Hahn’s keynote address.

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Thanksgiving, Holy Day, hospitality, emily stimpson chapman, the Catholic table

Called to Communion: Why We Celebrate Holy Days

Cooking for any holiday is work. Just ask any host who prepares Christmas dinner. All good feasts worth their salt require hours, if not days, in the kitchen peeling, chopping, stirring, roasting. They also require weeks of planning, shopping, cleaning, setting the table, and decking the halls. If that’s true today (and trust me, it is), when fancy gas ovens, KitchenAid mixers, and Breville food processors do half the work for us, imagine what Easter breakfast required in a world without electricity!

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