Why It Matters

Happy Chanukah

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/12/06/why-hanukkah-is-the-perfect-festival-for-religious-freedom/?utm_term=.4f06f8483056

Not too long ago a family member said something to me in reference to my posting my views on facebook and linked in etc.., she said something to the effect of who was I to have an opinion and post it on social media.  In other words because I was no great scholar I had no business or right posting anything on social media or giving an opinion on anything political etc…. In terms of faith issues I am the only Christian Conservative or general Conservative in the family really, and get flack on that, and more than once my mom has suggested I just go along and pretend I agree or simply have no opinion, rather not express it, be invisible.  Chanukah, The American Revolution, Civil War, people fought and shed blood for certain rights, freedoms etc…, so for me to not fully be able to express my views as a person of faith, and not be able to express conservative Biblical truth would be a great dishonor to those who came before me and I refuse to do so.  It may cost me something, but that’s okay, let it. Life’s choices always cost you something, and if you are going to stand strong and tall with truth and sacred truth, you had better be willing to pay a price and have a heck of a lot of faith to the very end, no matter what happens or how it plays out.

To all our Jewish friends a Very Happy Chanukah!

Shalom and Amen

Getting Creative and Bonding

Holiday Decor You Can Easily Create

The holidays can be a time of stress, of running around and shopping for gifts It can really lose the significance of the season. Think about it.  It is supposed to be about Christ, about bonding with those we care about, sharing love and light with those we care about.  Somehow, Advent preparing for the season of light and love, and redemption has gotten lost in the commercial, in the craziness of activities of running around.  What if instead of all of that we came together to create decorations with the family, with friends?  What if we all agreed homemade gifts instead of fancy store bought gifts, just for this year?  What if?  Here are some ideas for that. 

Laid Back Thanksgiving Menu

laid back thanksgiving

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40024/turkey-roulade-three-ways-recipe/

Sides

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40026/rosemary-monkey-bread-stuffing-recipe/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40026/rosemary-monkey-bread-stuffing-recipe/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40028/slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes-recipe/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40029/sweet-potato-and-cauliflower-salad-recipe/

Desert

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40046/sweet-potato-snickerdoodles-recipe/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40037/pumpkin-cheesecake-with-cookie-crust-recipe/

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a40042/grape-slab-pie-recipe/

Tomorrow I will give another full menu and you can substitute chicken or ham if your family prefers

 

 

Holiday Goodies For You

raise a toast

I have not been around for a bit, due to a nasty cold and still not feeling totally find, but had to check and so I’m back.  Thanksgiving is coming up and it is a time to give thanks for all the good things in life, in spite of some glitches and bumps that are along this road called life.   I wanted to share these two links with you, one that will give you a nice idea for thanksgiving decor and the other for appetizer recipes, enjoy!

http://littlegreennotebook.com/2015/10/fall-dinner-party.html/

http://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g1975/thanksgiving-appetizers/

Being Part of Something, Beautiful

Baptism of Fire

Yesterday The Sons and Daughters of Italy celebrated their 112th Founder’s Day, with Mass and lunch, which included a lifetime achievement award.  It was special for one or two particular reasons.

As I heard the priest give his homily in Italian, as I watched the Mass with everyone very reverent to the priest, the Eucharist, and prior the camaraderie of us all, even those of us who were perhaps meeting for the first time, it touched my heart.  Then there came the beautiful voice of one of our members singing Ave Maria and brought a number of us almost to tears.  I was so grateful to be part of the church that started with Peter, with Jesus telling him to feed his sheep.  Then came the ceremony, laying of the wreath a few blocks away at the site of the founding of OSIA. We sang the Italian and American anthem and again I was brought to tears almost, a number of us were because we realized we belonged to not only this exceptional nation America, but also to a culture rich with so much tradition, includes the faith, and if we don’t do something to preserve it, we are in huge trouble.  It was for some of us a mixture of feelings, but pride was definitely part of that. Once again at National Convention NY State loges gave more in charitable donations than any other state lodge and our lodge Petrosino more than any other lodge in NY State.  Part of our cultural identity is being grateful through all generations for being in the land of opportunity, trying to make it better for others.  As we were at the table at lunch and just sharing, talking, chatting,  we were given a flyer about an upcoming Christmas show by one our members, the artist who sang the national anthems, one of the ladies said we should go, her and I.  It is so great to have that camaraderie, but also to know that the truth of the faith can live on with out being active and pro active, as well as the good done for the community, for veterans, for example. It’s beautiful to be part of this.

After a very long journey, I am home being a minister of the arts, a writer here on this blog, some might even label this as life coaching, you decide, Roman Catholic and proud Italian-American