KITCHEN TABLE CHATS

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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Meet Trinity!!!!




Praise God! My granddaughter (doesn't that sound cool?!) was born today at 5:44 CST. We were saying a family Rosary at that time so she entered this world surrounded by prayer. She weighed in at 6lb and 6oz. My daughter-in-law is recovering well. It has been a long couple of days. My son is exhausted but says he cannot sleep because he cannot take his eyes off this little miracle. And what did they name this precious child? Trinity! She is just perfect. This Gramma thing is really fun.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The meaning of life by the numbers

Man has always sought the meaning of life. Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe) says the answer to the meaning of life is found in the number "42". I think he was off by a factor of seven. The meaning of life is found in the number "6" as in Baltimore Catechism question #6:

Question: Why did God make you?
Answer: God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.


In Sunday's Gospel (Lk 21: 5-19) Jesus steers us towards what is truly important in life:

While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, "All that you see here--
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down."

Jesus reminds us that there will come a time when all the trapping of this earthly life will be meaningless. The question then will be, "Did you live your life in a way that knows God, loves God, and serves God? If you did, then you will be truly happy with God for all eternity.

"Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives."


Eternity is a very long time. Is rejection of God in the pursuit of momentary worldly fame, fortune, or simply comfort really worth an eternity without God? The intuitive answer is "Of course not!" Yet our fallen human nature makes the wrong choices over and over again. So as we approach the upcoming Advent season, let us clothe our hearts in the purple of repentance. Let us recommit to know, love, and serve God in every thought, word, and deed. Let us persevere in faith.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Rest of the Story...

Those of you who stop by my Facebook page may have noticed this story about a newborn infant, only a few hours old, who was left in a duffel bag in the parking lot of St. Raymond's Catholic Church yesterday morning. I went to Mass at St. Raymond's this morning and heard the rest of the story.

The parishioner who found the child had initially driven by the bag as had many others. There was nothing about this bag that necessarily attracted attention. He drove to the entrance of the church and dropped off his wife and children. He then parked the car. For some reason he felt compelled to walk from his car to the bag and look inside. Imagine his astonishment at seeing a newborn infant. There was no rational reason for him to go investigate the duffel bag. His compulsion must be attributed to the intercession of angels and saints and the prodding of the Holy Spirit. God is truly good.

Sometimes when you are profoundly aware of the presence of God, the only response is tears. When the pastor of St. Raymond's related this story today he became very emotional. Of course that prompted tears from the rest of us as well. Just as in today's Gospel when Jesus revealed his Divinity by healing the blind man, God revealed himself to us by the discovery of this child. She is now in a local hospital in good health.

Please pray for this child's mother. She is a good woman as evidenced by her willingness to bear this child and in her own way, seek what it is best for her child. She may be in need of medical care. Please pray that she receives it. Pray also that she knows and has peace with the well-being of her child.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Microwave Coffee Mug Cake

Yesterday I went to the craft fair at St. Raymond's parish. There were so many clever and cute ornaments, sewing projects, and baby gifts. I picked up a couple of items for my soon-to-be born granddaughter, Trinity. (Don't you just love that name?!) Her due date is November 30.

I also found a cute little kitchen craft that would make a good gift for teachers or neighbors. It is also a project suitable for children to make and give. (Click on the pictures for larger views)

The finished product is a microwaveable coffee mug, wrapped up in pretty cellophane with the cute instruction tag attached. A coffee mug that comfortably holds twelve ounces seems to be the best size.


Unwrap it and you have the coffee mug and a zip-top bag with the dry ingredients for the cake: 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 TBSP cocoa, and 3 TBSP chocolate chips



Mix the dry ingredients, 3 TBSP milk, 3 TBSP oil, 1 egg, and a splash of vanilla in the coffee mug. Mix it well making sure you scrape the sides.



Microwave on high for four minutes

Let it cool for just a minute or two then flip it onto a plate. This is not a fine or fancy cake but it is a fun and tasty cake. It definitely is best to eat this when it is fresh and warm. It does seem to dry out rather quickly. It provides generous servings for two, or dainty servings for four.