Why I wear the chapel veil


I always like to hear why and how people get started veiling. Thanks, sister in Christ, for your story.

Veils in Art

 The Veil, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1898.

What a lovely painting. I remember in  school how the academics turned their noses up at painters like Ingres and Bouguereau. They called Bouguereau overly sentimental. The professors were more in favor of the impressionists and all the major movements to come afterwards. 

It's unfortunate when art becomes about doing something different for the sake of novelty. It sort of reminds me of what happened to the Mass, don't you think? 

But back to the painting. The painting speaks about light and dark, the white of the veil against the dark greens trees. I'm thinking it appears to be late afternoon on a summer day. There's a certain playfulness in her gesture, as if she is playing peek-a-boo with her veil. It's as if she were peeking out from inside a tent. The tilt of her head and the movement of the hands suggests a certain welcoming to the viewer.

Like a tent: I know some women have told me they felt this way about their veils at the Mass. I have, too. I put on the veil and its purpose is to cover me and direct my focus on the Lord. Somehow these little pieces of lace can do that for us as women. Maybe in part it's because this is the one place we wear them; before the Blessed Sacrament. 


Beef Bourguignon

So good! Monday morning. We had lots of London broil leftover from Sunday dinner. Good! 

I've sliced the leftovers into bite sized pieces and into the slow cooker it goes. I'll turn it on high around 3 pm. I have two batches going. The leftovers will be even better tomorrow after the juices have "married" for a day.

It'll simmer in the slow cooker about 3-4 hours.

I'm not measuring anything. My mother always told me "use what you have", and it's good advice. If you don't have bacon, leave it out. If you don't have consomme, use boullion. You get the idea, I'm sure.

What makes a meal delicious is the love and time you put into it. That and experience. 

But if you have it, fry some bacon in your skillet, then add it to the slow cooker. Save a little of the grease, because it's good for sauteing the next few ingredients. 

Olive oil 

When all the above are nicely caramelized add some garlic and a little butter. 

Add flour; About a spoon's worth of flour. Stir. Let it all simmer until the flour is incorporated, then put it in the crock pot. Stir.

Deglaze your pan with the red wine by heating the pan up, pouring the wine in and letting it sizzle for about 20 seconds. Scrape the pan with a metal spatula. Add the deglaze to the crock pot. 

I happened to have fresh rosemary in the fridge, so I made a little bundle of it and tied it with twine. Into the slow cooker it went to be fished out later before dinner. Ahh, fresh herbs are from heaven!

Add some consomme to the slow cooker. Let it all simmer and enjoy the wonderful aroma and love in your kitchen. Taste to see if it needs salt or pepper.  

Bless us oh Lord and these thy gifts which we are about to receive by Thy bounty through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

And bon appetit! 

A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders



O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rev. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

Great Depression Cooking - Depression Breakfast

 Here's a YouTube vlogger I really enjoy. You may know of her channel, because it isn't new. But if you've never seen her videos, I think you'll enjoy them. 

As a young women Clara made it through difficult times during the Great Depression with her family. I think she offers encouragement to anyone who wonders about the future and whatever difficulties we may face therein by keeping a sense of humor and by not wanting too much.


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