Meditations

A Holiday Tradition: Stuffed Artichokes

A Holiday Tradition: Stuffed Artichokes

December 9, 2020

Stuffed Artichokes
By Lucia Ferrara
Stuffed artichokes, a family holiday tradition, reminds me of why we celebrate Christmas, a season of loving and giving kindness and the birth of our savior.

Taizé for December: Come Closer

Taizé for December: Come Closer

December 3, 2020

As we gather for the December Taizé prayer, Advent has begun. We consciously await the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, with joyful expectation. Today's prayer will help us make space in our hearts for that Savior.

Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup)

Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup)

November 25, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
If you’re looking for something a little bit different this holiday season, Zuppa Toscana (Tuscany Soup) may be what you’re looking for. It is a very hearty soup, made rich with cream. We also reflect on Psalm 34:8, God as our refuge.

Suicide Awareness

Some things you should know about suicide

November 17, 2020

By Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS
Nobody really wants to talk about suicide. It's a scary subject, so people tend to ignore it or not talk about it. But you can't solve a problem without talking about it. You can't find help if you don't talk about it.

The Frittata

The Frittata

November 11, 2020

Lucia Ferrara makes a frittata, a recipe she grew up with that combines eggs and cheese with whatever vegetables and/or meat you have on hand. She also talks about cooking as a spiritual practice she learned in the kitchen with her mom.

Image by Wolfgang Eckert from Pixabay

Taize November: Remembering those we have lost

November 5, 2020

As we gather for this November Taize Prayer, we gather during a month that the Catholic Church sets aside to remember those who have died during the past year. This year we acknowledge especially all who have died because of the coronavirus.

Lucia’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lucia’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 28, 2020

The recipe many have been waiting for: Lucia Ferrara, director of hospitality of the Renewal Center, reveals her recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. She also talks about Fr. Joe Nassal’s book, "Rest Stops for the Soul."

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The Discerning Voter: Striving for a Less Imperfect World

October 27, 2020

For the final episode of our video series, “The Discerning Voter: Gospel Values for This Election Season,” all seven of our participants got together to discussion lessons learned over the course of the series, the aim of which was to help us prepare to go to the voting booth this November.

Image above by myJon is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Discerning Voter: Obligated by Faith

October 21, 2020

In the latest episode of our video series on voting, Fr. Ron Will, CPPS, and Dennis Keller read Matthew 22:15-21 and explore the question: Are we Americans first or Christians first?

Reuben Sandwiches

Cooking & Spirituality: Reuben Sandwiches

October 14, 2020

By Lucia Ferrara
Today we make Rueben sandwiches, with tangy sour kraut, salty corned beef perfectly pulled together by the toasted deli swirl pumpernickel and rye bread. We also talk about the dangers of "spiritual snacking."

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