Canadian Special Forces SGT Andrew Dorion asked that this picture be released in the event of his death. Please: Share this and repost it. He died on March 6th while performing his duties in the fight against ISIS with the Kurds. RIP WARRIOR! -CMH
Tomorrow, as Christians all over the world process into church carrying their blessed Palms, I hope they remember to offer some of their prayers for the persecuted Christians in the world especially those in the Middle East.
Palm Sunday is the day we rejoice in Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem, a shining moment soon gone as He faced and endured the Crucifixion. Although many of us have considered crucifixion a torturous death from thousands of years ago, the news has been filled with many Christians being killed this way in what we consider ‘modern’ times. How many of these people realize that this time last year, they would find themselves already a part of eternity, fleeing horrendous persecution, or awaiting fates the stuff of nightmares.
Given the world’s situation, today, it gives the celebration of Easter even more meaning as we still have a chance to take Christ’s sacrifice for us and do better by it with more prayers and speaking out against the people and politicians that would let these incidents continue. Each of us has a part to play in the ultimate outcome of our own lives as well as the world. We have a lot to pray for and have been blessed with another Holy Week in which to do so.
“Bless, we beseech Thee, O Lord, these branches of palm or olive; and grant that what Thy people this day bodily perform for Thy honor, they may perfect spiritually with the greatest of devotion, by gaining a victory over the enemy, and ardently loving every work of mercy.”
I like zucchini but that taste is not always shared by everyone in the family. Yesterday, the zucchini got eaten without a fuss and even seconds were served! My secret? Went super simple and it turned out super tasty, it’s zucchini elements not quite as obvious!
Three, medium to large zucchini
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Basil Pesto
4 cloves of garlic, smashed and diced
Two green onions, finely sliced
Grated Parmesan or Romano
First, wash the zucchini and slice in half, lengthwise. With a vegetable peeler, peel off long, wide strips of zucchini starting from the ‘open’ side of the cut vegetable. Place your finished strips in a bowl and set aside.
Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok. Slowly saute the prepared garlic until just tender not browned. Add the zucchini and toss to coat in the butter/garlic mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix carefully, toss once more with the grated cheese and serve.
Saint Joseph had the honor of being the foster-father of Jesus. You have to wonder at the thoughts that went through Saint Joseph’s head as he watch Jesus grow up knowing his foster son was destined for something the world had been praying for but had no true idea how it would come about.
The feast day of Saint Joseph is celebrated throughout most of the world. In Poland and Canada, it is a day to include all the people bearing the name of Joseph or Josephone or derivatives of said name. It also provides a day of celebration for the churches and school who have honored this saint by being named after him. In Italy, Portugal, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland.
The date of March 19th was set for dedication to Saint Joseph in Western calendars by the 10th century.
Dear husband of Mary, dear nurse of her Child!
LIfe’s ways are full weary, the desert is wild;
Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see;
Sweet spouse of our Lady, we lean upon thee..
F. Faber: The patronage of St. Joseph (19th century.