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Triumph of the Cross

From the collect:

God our Father,
in obedience to you your only Son accepted death on the Cross for the salvation of mankind.
We acknowledge the mystery of the Cross on earth. May we receive the gift of redemption in heaven.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

This is a nice easy to remember prayer for the children to learn for today – “Through the sign of the Cross deliver us from our enemies, O our God!”.

Pics to come (having trouble uploading them)

 This is one of my family’s most enjoyed meals.  I am so happy that I ran across the Menu’s for Mom’s site!   I wanted to make this to teach my family about that tradition holds that sweet basil grew over the hill where St. Helena found the Holy Cross, so in Greece the faithful are given sprigs of basil by the priest. I loved learning more about the history of the Cross. Learn more here and here.

Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta (menus4moms)

1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 T. butter or margarine ( I add olive oil if it gets dry)
1 T. olive oil
1/2 C. chicken broth (I use a little more than this)
1 C. heavy whipping cream
1 4-oz. jar diced pimientos, drained (I don’t include these)
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese ( I add a bit more)
1/4 C. minced fresh basil (or 1 t. dried*)
1/8 t. pepper
1 t. cornstarch
angel hair pasta, cooked

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with bread crumbs. In skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on both sides in butter and olive oil. Remove and place in preheated oven and bake until no longer pink.
Add broth to skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir to loosen browned bits from pan bottom. Stir in whipping cream and pimientos, boil and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat. Stir in Parmesan, basil and pepper and cook until heated through. Mix cornstarch with extra chicken broth and stir into skillet if needed to thicken sauce. Pour over chicken. Serve over angel hair pasta.

For the angel hair pasta,  you can just use it plain since the sauce can be poured over it. I just saute a tbsp of butter and, 2 garlic cloves with a few sprinkles of basil and stir it into the hot pasta.

 

For desert I made cross shaped crusted Eagle brand brownies — they are the best brownies you will ever have! Here is the recipe:

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 (8-ounce) milk chocolate chunks or choc chips
3/4 cups chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350º. Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil; set aside.

In bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press on bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.

In another bowl, beat Eagle® Brand, cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Mix in chocolate pieces and nuts. Spread over prepared crust. Bake 20 min.(it takes about 25 min) or until set.

Cool and lift out pan. use a cookie cutter or cut around a cardboard heart template using a knife. Decorate with icing or gels if desired. Store covered.

Source: Eagle Brand. Eagle Brand is a registered trademark of Eagle Family Foods, Inc.

For the icingI make my own no-cook fudge frosting from the Better Homes and Garden Cook Book. It is sooo easy.

4 3/4 sifted pwdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened coca pwder
½ butter, softened
1/3 cup boiling water
1 tsp vanilla

( I half this recipe if I am only doing one batch of brownies)

Combine the dry ingredients first. Add others and beat with an electric mixer for one minute on med Speed.

I made a bowl of jello mixed with lime and a blue berry flavor and mixed it together (to look like earth) and served it on the plate with the cross brownie. This showed the kids how Jesus dying on the cross for us was a triumph for the sins of the world, our redeemer. ( a portion of our jello earth was eaten by my little spitfire! She is sneaky!)

I had the kids choose from a few crafts to help teach them that we unite our suffering with his. That suffering is a true gift that alows us to enter into the mystery of the Mystical Body of Christ. He is the head, we are his body — the church militant (us) , the suffering (in purgatory) and the triumphant (in heaven). I have been forced to understand this on a new level through a new cross I had to carry this week and will be carrying for a long time.  When we let good come of our suffering, we do not know of the many miracles we allow God to work through us. Carry your cross with the help of God’s grace for the good of his church. We are so blessed to be allowed participate in the redemptive suffering of Christ on the Cross, so then also we are a part of the triumphant Cross.  

Col 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.

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Yesterday was the Feast of the birth of Mary.

I would love to one day be able to plant a Mary Garden.  If you don’t know what that is (like me just a few hours ago) then click here and learn all about it 🙂

I was out running errands all day yesterday, but next year I hope that we are able to make a nice birthday cheesecake like this.

Thank you St. Anne and Joachim for raising our Mother Mary! Pray for me to be a good mother to my children.

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Say a prayer for expectant mother’s today, especially for a good friend of mine.

Prayer for Expectant Mothers:
Almighty and everlasting God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body of the Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of your divine son. You sanctified St. John the Baptist, while still in his mother’s womb. Listen now to my prayer. Through the intercession of St. Gerard, watch over (name) child and me; protect them at the time of delivery. May (name) child receive the saving graces of Baptism, lead a Christian life, and, together with all the members of their family, attain everlasting happiness in heaven. Amen.

 I love the excerpts from Catholic Culture today (as always)

If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go with eager wills, “in haste,” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love.

And the answer we shall get from others to those impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap into joy of the already wakened life within them.

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“Behold the Heart which so loved mankind”!  Saint Margherita M. Alacoque.    Great links to read here.

 What a magnificent message our Lord sent to us through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque!  I am going to enjoy today and bask in his mercy and love.  Here are some great links to read more information on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

 

Here is one article I enjoyed about Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This is a little excerpt of it:  

The principal text from the Holy Bible which inspires devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the account of our Lord’s Passion and Death. After our Lord Jesus had died on the cross, the soldiers wanted to use the customary means of ensuring that crucified criminals had truly died, namely the breaking of the legs. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that the soldiers broke the legs of the other two criminals crucified with Jesus (Mt 19:32). When they came to Jesus, however, it was clear to them that there was no need to break His legs, for He was already dead. As a result, one of the Roman soldiers thrust his spear into the side of our Lord, from which there immediately flowed blood and water (Jn 19:34). The soldier pierced the Heart of Jesus with his lance. The blood and water which flowed from the Pierced Heart of Jesus is the sign of His life with us in the Church. Once risen from the dead and seated in glory at the right hand of the Father, Christ has never ceased to pour out, from His glorious Pierced Heart, the grace of the Holy Spirit upon His disciples. The Preface for the Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus expresses the ancient symbolism of the water and the blood:

“Lifted high on the cross,
Christ gave His life for us,
So much did He love us.
From His wounded side flowed blood and water,
The fountain of sacramental life in the Church.
To His open side the Savior invites all men,
To draw water in joy from the springs of salvation” (The Roman Missal).

The flow of water and blood from the Pierced Heart of Jesus also reminds us of our Lord’s words regarding the source of salvation in His Heart:

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me,
Let him drink who believes in Me.”

Scripture has it:

“From within Him rivers of living water shall flow” (Jn 7:37).

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Everyone in the house is coming down with a cold or something.  So far I am ok, thank God! Hubby is home sick, so everyone has been camping out in the living room glued to the T.V unfortunately! 

We did manage to get some school work done and do some fun activities 🙂 I had my eye on this cake to do, but we are still eating our cake from St. George’s Day.  So, I looked in the pantry to see what I could come up with for lunch. I shocked myself with an original idea! But, I admit I was Inspired a bit by Jessica’s day and a post by Mary on Catholic Cuisine.

We started the day with our regular school day lessons and chaos routine. We read today’s Gospel reading–  and focused on Mark 16:15-20

We talked about what we read about this feast day and how much we learned!

I didn’t know that the Gospel of Mark was written mostly for the Roman Gentile converts, that is why in his Gospel he is careful to explain Jewish customs, rites and words. The Evangelist Mark is represented as a lion because he begins his Gospel in the wilderness, “The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord,’ or because he presents the Lord as the unconquered King.”

Our lunch was PB&S (peanut butter and syrup instead of jelly) My nanny gave this to us in our school lunches when we were sick of PB&J’s. They are very yummy! You just add a bit of syrup to the peanut butter to make it creamier and easier to spread.

I looked at what we had and thought…hhmmm this could work! I used a cookie cutter to make the shape after I made the sandwich. I spread the peanut butter mixture on, some in the middle of the bread and some on top also. Then the goldfish, pretzels, granola, chocolate chips and twizzlers. It turned out sooo cute! I couldn’t get a great pic of it though, my camera battery was dying and had to snap quick! They were actually very yummy for such a strange combination!

 

 

 

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After lunch builder drew a pic of this symbol. We haven’t been able to use our printer forever a while now, so we are limited as to what we can draw or color. He can copy from sight pretty good I think. He loves to draw! Here is is drawing.

So, that was our day! I hope you all had a good day. I am going to go make my family gargle with salt water and stick vicks up their nose!! OH the fun a friday night brings to my house 😉

 

 

 

 

  

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Our St.George Feast Day fun began with a finger print painting of St. George slaying the dragon!  I thought it would  be easy for my builder to do, but turns out….not so much. He had fun for about 10 minutes, then was bored and frustrated when it didn’t look the way he wanted. I am glad I made him stick with it, it’s is growing on me! I think it is cute, who cares if St. George looks green 😉  I got the finger print concept from this book that I checked out at the library.  This book is lots of fun and is easy if you stick to the ideas in the book.  After we did the dragon theme, the kids had much more fun doing whatever they wanted! I have to remind myself to stop standing over them and telling them gently reminding them what would look nice or how to remember this day. Most of the time I let them do what they want, but if they start a project with a certain idea of what they want, I like for them to stick with the plan and follow the theme. 

Again, I chose the simple way to make a cake. I can’t turn down free cake mixes.  Read this post that tells how I get them free. Though I only had a lemon cake left, so it should be white instead of yellow, but it didn’t look too bad. We used twizzlers for the crosses. This cake is our yummy reminder that the English flag bears the symbol of St. George, dating back to the 11th century but, wasn’t considered the national flag until the 1600’s. It is a red cross on a white background. It was also Georgia’s flag ,(not the state) which now bears a similar flag but with 4 additional crosses.  This was actually very interesting for my boy and I to research the history and find how the French and English once used the same flag even though they were rivals. (because it was also a crusaders flag). The rivals finally settled their differences and the English kept it as their own. Click here to learn some of the interesting details! This picture came from that link.

We learned a lot about this day! There is even a painting about it in Builder’s Seton handwriting book that we turned back the pages to admire;)  We also learned that there was once a feast day for the 14 Holy Helpers. This Feast was dropped after the 1969 reform of the Roman Calendar.  St.George was one of the 14 Holy Helpers who were invoked for their prayers during the Black Plague in Europe in the1340’s. Read more about St. George and the 14 Holy Helpers here and here.

St. George, please pray for all of us to be as brave as you when our time comes to slay the dragon(symbolic for the devil) in our lives. May we stand up for Christ and be the brave soldiers we are called to be either as a witness or a martyr in Christ’s name. 

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