The Show-Me State

In addition to being National Missouri Day, today is also the feast day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. As a great American Saint, I would be remiss not to mention her special day. If you are interested in learning more about the Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, Seafarers and Widows please check out last year’s offering. This year we are all about the days of Christmas and the Show Me State.

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Ten Lords-a-Leaping. My love, my Lord, gave to me – to the entire human race – His Ten Commandments. Commandment sounds so stern – this is an order or else. The Commandments are not orders in a military sense, but they are guidelines, and straying does have its consequences. We have the most precious gift of all – free will. With that come choices and taking responsibility for our actions.

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing. The Nine Ladies represent the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit – Charity (love for fellow human beings), Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith (fidelity), Mildness (gentleness), and Contingency (self-control). As people of faith, we are taught that these attributes grow within a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit. These attributes are will worth cultivating. Let harmony define us.

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The Best of a Wild and Crazy Year

Here we are, a full day into the New Year. New beginnings, new paths, new discoveries yet to find. Thanks everyone for another fantastic year of sharing thoughts; ideas and recipes. As we take those first cautious steps toward the adventures of yet another new year; I thought I’d look back one last time at what was. Times might have been rough, but the food was delicious! Here are twelve recipes that seemed to strike your fancy.

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Eight Maids-a-Milking. Eight Maids-a-Milking symbolize the Sermon on the Mound and the Beatitudes. The word Beatitude comes from the Latin Beatitudo, meaning blessedness. Each of the eight beatitudes imply a state of emotional well-being in a seemingly dark place. The Beatitudes are the key to achieving peace and contentment in a troubled world.

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Celebrating the Solemnity of This Day

From an ecclesiastic view, today is the third Solemnity Day of the New Year. From a secular perspective, it is New Year’s Day so naturally the first Solemnity of the calendar year. Solemnity Days are not necessarily Holy Days of Obligation, although some are. Confused? Try being a Catholic!

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My Wish to You

A New Year? Oh yes, please! For so many of us, 2020 has been the worst of times, filled with unmeasurable heartache and overwhelming difficulties. For some the loss is physical – be it home, income or a love one. For others it’s been emotionally devastating with demons lurking in the darkness. My heart aches for the whole of the world this New Year’s Eve. The sadness is so profoundly deep.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Seven Swans-a-Swimming. The number seven represents the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation (Encouragement), Contribution, Leadership and Mercy. You need not take a vow of celibacy or stand at the pulpit to realize your spiritual gifts.

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Six Geese-a-Laying. These geese are actively creating as in laying eggs and bringing forth life. The key to the six geese can be found in the book of Genesis. It is the creation of the universe, commanding everything into existence from the empty void of nothing in six days.

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Five Golden Rings. These priceless rings are the first five books of the Old Testament. In Christianity these books are known as The Pentateuch. In Judaism these books are the first part of the Torah.

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Four Calling Birds. Tradition holds that the Four Calling Birds are also known as the Four Gospels of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospels call us to follow our faith.

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On the Third Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Three French Hens. The three hens represent the three gifts of the Holy Spirit – Faith, Hope and the greatest of all, Love. Now the obvious choice for French Hens would have been a recipe for Coq Au Vin. Ha – too easy!

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On the Second Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Two Turtle Doves. Doves are a symbol of peace. The two turtle doves are said to represent two aspects of faith; the Old and New Testaments bound together in a single book, The Holy Bible.

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On the First Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. In ancient times, a partridge was often used to represent a divinely sacred king. This gift is Christ, born on this Christmas Day. My True Love is God, who gave His children everything.

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A Christmas Supper Worthy of a Kiss

It’s no accident that Kiss the Cook Day and Christmas Day are one and the same. While this might not hold true for the younger generation, when I was growing up Christmas was more than just gifts under a tinsel covered pine tree. It was all about family. And home-cooked meals.

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