Our Lady of Lourdes Feast in Three Courses

Our Lady of Lourdes is a feast day celebrated on February 11th each year to honor the first appearance of Our Lady to young girl in France on February 11, 1858. It’s interesting to note that Catholics are not obligated to accept the appearance at Lourdes as an article of faith. Such matters are considered by the Church to be a private matter.

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Feast Day of Our Lady of Altagracia

Here we are, on the down side of January. Yesterday was a big day in America. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am a conservative Republican. It was hard and a little scary to see the country go so blue. Maybe I drank the Republican cool aid but the thought of American becoming a Solicits Country scares me. Yet as a woman of faith, I must trust in God and in His wisdom.

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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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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If we were in Mexico, nine days ago would have marked the first day of the Novena to Honor the Virgin of Guadalupe. We would have lit a candle each day for nine days, said prayers and sought intervention through our Blessed Mother that she may gain favor with her Son.

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Mary’s Immaculate Feast

From a purely religious perspective, today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. While not rooted in scripture, today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The term Immaculate Conception often confuses people, even some Catholics.

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Presentation of Mary in Three Courses

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. If you are a Christian, you accept the existence of Mary, his mother. After all, without her there would be no Christ and no Christian Faithful. While some view Christianity as dominated by men, it began with a woman.

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A Feast Fit for A Miracle

The Miracle of Fatima began on May 13, 1917 in Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon, Portugal. Our Lady let her presence be known to three young children during six visitations from the first appearance in May, and ending on October 13, 1917. Her final appearance is known as The Miracle of the Spinning Sun.

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Our Lady’s Holy League Feast

Just a little Catholic Background for those who may not be familiar with the day. Our Lady of The Rosary was instituted by Pope Pius V. Originally Our Lady of Victory, it was to commemorate the anniversary of the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 on the first Sunday in October. The feast date moved each year until it was fixed to October 7. The entire month of October is dedicated to encouraging the Faithful to pray the Rosary, reflecting on the mysteries of the Christian Faith.

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Impossibly Possible Taco Pie

Impossible pie is oh so fitting for today’s recipe share. As a Catholic, I need to acknowledge that today is the Nativity of Mary. She was the Immaculate Conception, born without sin. Miracles do happen.

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Assumption and A Tart Fruit Pie

According to Catholic Teaching, at the end of her earthly life, Our Blessed Mother Mary was assumed, body and soul, to Heaven. Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of Assumption on August 15. It is a Holy Days of Obligation, one of five or six (depending upon the calendar) throughout the year in addition to Holy Sundays. The Feast of the Assumption is a public holiday in 43 different predominantly Catholic countries.

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A Peasant’s Simple Feast

On February 11, 1858, a young girl was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Two of the girls crossed a little stream in front of a grotto, and walked on, leaving the young girl alone. She had always been sickly, and feared crossing the cold waters of the stream to join the others. So she waiting for her companions to return.

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Dominican’s Our Lady of Altagracia

Our Lady of Altagracia goes by many beautiful names including my favorite, Our Lady of Grace. She is said to watch over and protect the people of the Dominican Republic. The Dominicans see the sacred image as exemplifying how Our Lady watches over the island, nurturing the growth of Christianity there.

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Triple Berry Cobbler in Celebration of this Day

For Latin Rite Catholics around the world, today is more than just the first day of the new year, it’s also a Holy Day of Obligation. Yep, we get up on New Year’s Day and go to mass. And not just any mass, this is the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God. January 1st is the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide. That’s a fancy word for Christmastime or the Christmas Season within the liturgical year. It’s also the 8th day in the life of a Jewish Baby Boy.

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a National Symbol of Mexico. If we were in Mexico, December 3rd would have marked the start of the novenas to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Feast of the Presentation of Mary

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any of my Catholic traditions with you. If you are uncomfortable with the subject, that’s fine. Please skip this as I’ve never wanted to offend anyone. If you’d like to hear more and get some delicious recipes, stick around!

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