Quotes With a Kick!

imagesmushroom2*The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
*~Henry Cate, VII~

*We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

*If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union Speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
*~Will Rogers~

*When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
*~Clarence Darrow~

*Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, they go out and buy some more tunnel.
*~John Quinton~

*Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
*~Oscar Ameringer~

*I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
*~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~

*A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his
*~ Tex Guinan~

Applause Within the Liturgy of the Mass? I Vote No!

One of the most irritating occurrences in the Catholic Church today is either the call to applaud some event, person, etc., or the spontaneous burst of applause. I’ve been in parishes where even the choir is applauded. It takes away the dignity of the liturgy and brings it down to man’s level rather than uplifting our hearts upwards, towards God.

Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy:

“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. ” (Spirit of the Liturgy p. 198)

Well, he wasn’t the first Pope to speak out on ‘audience participation’ in the church. Saint John XXIII had something definite to say about the practice, too.

One fourth Sunday of Lent, John XXIII was among the crowd, at Ostia. (about 15 miles to the south-west of Rome.) Thousands of people were waiting for him along the street, in the piazza, in the church. They wanted to see him, to applaud him. They did not know that afterwards, he would rebuke them, in a good-natured way, in his simple , spontaneous, familiar way of speaking.

“I am very glad to have come here. But if I must express a wish, it is that in church you not shout out, that you not clap your hands, and that you not greet even the Pope, because ‘templum Dei, templum Dei.’ (‘The temple of God is the temple of God.’)

Now, if you are pleased to be in this beautiful church, you must know that the Pope is also pleased to see his children. But as soon as he sees his good children, he certainly does not clap his hands in their faces. And the one who stands before you is the Successor of St. Peter.”

Novena for Religious Freedom

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[This Novena begins August 1st]

Novena for Religious Freedom

With threats to religious liberty around the world, here is a novena dedicated for religious freedom.

“The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” – St. John Paul II

This novena was written to be a prayer to all Saints and particularly to Martyrs.


Oh great cloud of witnesses! Oh host of Angels and Saints worshiping God for all eternity! Oh holy ones in heaven above, Pray for us!

You who were once part of the Church on earth, you who were faithful servants of the Church Militant, you who suffered for the love of God, Pray for us!

In all ages, the Church is persecuted and hated. We pray, oh Lord, through your holy Saints, that we may be blessed with the freedom to worship and adore you at all times! We pray that you may bless your Church throughout the world and me personally with your grace to persevere with love in the face of persecution just as You did on the Cross.

(Mention your personal intentions here)

Litany of Martyrs:

Day 1:
St. Joan of Arc – Pray for us!
St. Valentine – Pray for us!
St. Carmen Monreno and St. Ampara Caronell – Pray for us!
St. Sebastian – Pray for us!
St. Peter – Pray for us!
St. Stephen – Pray for us!
St. Denis – Pray for us!

Day 2
St. Maria Goretti – Pray for us!
St. Ignatius of Antioch – Pray for us!
St. Lawrence – Pray for us!
St. Lorenzo Ruiz – Pray for us!
St. Agnes – Pray for us!
St. Anastasia – Pray for us!
St. Oliver Pluckett – Pray for us!
St. Dorothy – Pray for us!

Day 3
St. Edith Stein – Pray for us!
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Pray for us!
St. Thomas Moore – Pray for us!
St. Margaret Clitherow – Pray for us!
St. Julia – Pray for us!
St. Polycarp – Pray for us!
St. Peter of Verona – Pray for us!
St. Gonsalo Garcia – Pray for us!
St. Thomas Becket – Pray for us!
St. John Fischer – Pray for us!

Day 4
St. Philomena – Pray for us!
St. John the Baptist – Pray for us!
The Jesuit Martyrs of China – Pray for us!
St. Cecilia – Pray for us!
St. Jude – Pray for us!
The Vietnamese Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Boniface – Pray for us!
St. Vitalis of Gaza – Pray for us!
St. Menas – Pray for us!
St. Expeditus – Pray for us!

Day 5

St Christopher – Pray for us!
St. Charles Lwanga – Pray for us!
St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Paul Chong Hasang and the Korean Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Genesius – Pray for us!
St. Cyprian – Pray for us!
St. Luke – Pray for us!
Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río – Pray for us!
St. Andrew – Pray for us!
Holy Innocents – Pray for us!
St. Catherine of Alexandria – Pray for us!

Day 6

Blessed Miguel Pro – Pray for us!
St. George – Pray for us!
St. Perpetua – Pray for us!
St. Felicity – Pray for us!
St. Dymphna – Pray for us!
Blessed Jose Maria Sanchez – Pray for us!
St. Eulala – Pray for us!
Blessed Teresa of Augustine and the Martyrs of Compi̬gne РPray for us!
St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde – Pray for us!
St. Thecla – Pray for us!
Blessed Pedro Calungsod – Pray for us!
St. Elias and St. Jeremy – Pray for us!

Day 7

St. Anthony – Pray for us!
St. Paul – Pray for us!
St. Agatha – Pray for us!
St. Simeon – Pray for us!
St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Simon – Pray for us!
Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Romero – Pray for us!
St. Faustinus and St. Jovita – Pray for us!
St. Meinrad – Pray for us!
St. Tarcisius – Pray for us!
St. Daniel – Pray for us!

Day 8

St. Lucy – Pray for us!
St. Paul Miki – Pray for us!
St. Gabriel Lalemant and Canadian Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Andrew Kim and Japanese Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz – Pray for us!
St. Toribio – Pray for us!
St. Jean de Br̩beuf РPray for us!
St. Barbara – Pray for us!
St. Alban – Pray for us!
St. Tanco – Pray for us!
St. Winefride – Pray for us!

Day 9

St. Edmond Campion – Pray for us!
St. Ursula – Pray for us!
Blessed Peter Torot – Pray for us!
St. Dominic Henares – Pray for us!
St. Erasmus – Pray for us!
Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko – Pray for us!
Saints Nunilo and Alodia – Pray for us!
St. Andrew Bobola – Pray for us!
St. Miguel de la Mora – Pray for us!
St. Tatiana – Pray for us!
Pope Saint Sixtus II – Pray for us!


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Pumpkin Bread Pudding

My family likes seeing bread aging on the counter because they know my thrifty ways will go into effect and the result will be some kind of bread pudding. This is a good one any time of the year.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Approximately 8-10 slices of sturdy white bread, cubed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups canned pumpkin
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, place the cubed bread. In another bowl, combine the sugar and spices and mix well. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the bread and toss to get every cube dusted with the seasoning. Mix in the dried fruit of your choice. Combine the pumpkin, milk, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest. Pour over the bread and mix well. If it seems too dry, you can add a bit more milk. You don’t want a soupy mixture.

Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes or until it is golden brown on top. Serve hot, warm, or cold. It begs for a scoop of ice cream or a generous topping of whipped cream.

Ideas . . .
Diced apples can be added for a denser but more fruity pudding.
I’ve used half whole wheat and half white bread and still got rave reviews.

Degrees of Hunger . . .

P1010036My mother was born and raised in Germany. She had many stories to share with us but this is one that sticks vividly in my memory.

We can all easily recall times when we have been really hungry. As a child, sometimes it seemed forever until dinner was finally set on the table. I realize now that my mother was probably hungry, too, yet completed her preparations for dinner without snacking since she expected us to wait. Although my mother knew we wanted food, she also realized it was only a matter of minutes before she could provide it for us. We never had to miss a meal because there was no food in the house. Our hunger was a very short-term agony.

World War I ended in 1918. My mother was born in Germany in 1925, seven years later. That war was over but the effects were felt by many, almost all the way up to World War II. My grandfather was shot in the lung during World War I and spent the remainder of the war in a French prisoner of war camp. By the time he returned home to Germany, the damage was irrevocable and he died before he knew his first-born, my mother, was a girl.

Being a widow with a baby in post World War I Germany was no easy task. Food was scarce for those who couldn’t work and life was a constant struggle for my grandmother and mother. They knew hunger but always found enough to get them through another day. My mother told me once that spoiled cabbage and old potatoes wasn’t always just wartime fare. My grandmother never snacked while she prepared their meals because there was usually only enough for the meal, no more.

One day, when she was a child, my mother was in the nearby forest area. In a clearing, she saw three people in the distance. They were crouched down to the ground and moving along in this awkward position. When my mother drew nearer, she was shocked to see the people were dressed very poorly. And even more appalled to find that they were bent close to the ground, scrabbling up grass and eating it!

My mother ran for home and told her mother what she had seen. My grandmother immediately put together what food they had and they went back. The people where still there but hunger and exceedingly lean times had made them wary. Hunger had reduced them to an almost-animal state as they stared at the proffered food yet kept their distance. It was a while before they could be coaxed to take the food. When they did, they immediately hurried away, lest they lose this sudden windfall. My mother never saw them again.

I imagine the food my grandmother gave away that day, was probably all she had in the house. My mother, however, never made mention of going hungry herself that evening. She learned that hunger had degrees and they hadn’t reached a danger point.

When I feel the minute pangs of hunger that we all ‘suffer’ from time to time, I think back on this story. We are all blessed to have hunger pangs as it should remind us to be even more thankful when we sit down and say our thanks to God before we eat.

Fast Food Day!

P1060264P1060263We try to avoid eating out especially fast food. We do, however, very much like hamburgers, tacos, and Chinese food. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to have one meal a week where I cook ‘fast food’. Last night, it was Chinese food night. I made chicken skewers, egg friend rice, and pot stickers.

Although I used to make pot stickers quite a lot in the pre-gluten-free days, I wasn’t sure how it would work out without using regular flour. I found several gluten-free recipes and discovered one that was very easy and very basic: One cup of BetterBatter gluten-free blend and one egg. You can find the recipe on-line. It went together like a charm and the dough was easy to work with in preparing the pot stickers. I found a short-cut in rolling them out and used my tortilla press. Yes, I mixed cultures but haven’t been investigated about this yet! 🙂

The trick to good pot stickers is in the cooking. You want the bottom of them to get golden brown and the tops to steam like a dumpling. The gluten-free blend worked perfectly and my husband was happy to come home from work to find a Chinese meal on the table.

Burnt Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

A favorite around our house is most any kind of oatmeal cookie. The only argument is whether to add raisins or not. This recipe always comes to mind when I notice the bananas aging rapidly on the kitchen counter.

Burnt Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed, dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup very ripe, mashed bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal*
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup mini-chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment paper or use vegetable oil spray.

Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Mixture should be well-combined. Add bananas, vanilla, orange zest, ground cinnamon oats, flour, and baking powder. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Scoop teaspoonfuls (a cookie scoop comes in handy about now!) onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies set a few minutes before removing to cooling rack. You will get 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size.

*No fast-cooking oatmeal in the house. I’ve used regular oatmeal with success. I just run it through the food processor for a few spins to break them up a bit.

Burnt Butter Icing

Melt ½ stick of butter in a small pot and let it brown but not burn. Add a cup of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and enough milk or cream to form a spreadable glaze. When the cookies are cool, brush each one with the icing and let set.

Thought for Peace . . .

P1020689“I do not ask, O Lord, that Thou shouldst shed
Full radiance here;
Give but a ray of peace that I may tread
Without a fear’
I do not ask my cross to understand,
My way to see—
Better in darkness just to feel Thy hand
And follow Thee.
Joy is like restless day; but peace divine
Like quiet night;
Lead me on, O Lord—till perfect day
shall shine
Through peace to Light.”

Adelaide Procter: Per Pacem ad Lucem (19th century)

Ongoing Executive Orders . . .

!cid_image001_png@01CF33A7Although there are probably hundreds of thousands of people waiting in line to move to the United States and become citizens, it looks like no matter how long they have been waiting, they will now have to go to the back of the line. Yes, they have been providing the necessary paperwork, finding sponsors, and making sure they can find employment once that day arrives but, obviously, that is not good enough.

Today, the news relates that the president is signing an executive order to bring in thousands of illegal immigrants by airplane to avoid the arduous trip through Mexico and the danger of dealing with the human smugglers. And you have to wonder about the wisdom of this action. The United States is getting famous for it’s horrendous national debt yet the president doesn’t seem to worry about this current plan that could cost over 100 million dollars. Seriously, with unemployment a serious concern, he really doesn’t have a huge number of hardworking taxpayers to burden with this new debit.

As of current news, the illegal immigrants will be flying in without ID while American citizens with picture ID will still be groped and embarrassed at the airports. Just last week, the news reflected what happens when you let thousands into the country with the request that they show up at deportation hearings . . . the majority didn’t show up. Surprised?

Doctors and nurses working with the incoming flood of children were sworn to secrecy about what they were seeing or treating or lose their jobs. Information, however, always leaks out and the least of the problems is lice escalating up from there to contagious TB, scabies, HIV infections, leprosy, and the various hepatitis varieties. Although the Ellis Island of bygone days might have had it’s problems, screening people coming in is important . . . as this country will soon discover . . . the hard way. Anyone who hasn’t caught up their vaccinations for childhood diseases like measles, mumps, etc., might consider doing so before the medical staffs are overburdened.

Seems to me that it might have been a more worthy move to fix what needs fixing at home. Veterans are still dying. What could $100 million do to bring that into a better working situation?

When the president of Honduras was interviewed, he said this was happening because our immigration laws were unclear. No, read the immigration laws. They are clear but being randomly enforced.