Happy St. Patty’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Patrick.  On this day everyone claims to be Irish.  Celebrations with parades. corned beef and cabbage, green beer, potato candy and dancing the Irish Jig while wearing of the green are happening all over not only the United States, but the world.

March 17th marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn, after arriving nearby at the mouth of the Slaney River. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal.

Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737. This was followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind – their first parade was held in Waterford in 1903, while Dublin joined the club back in 1931. Today, the parade in Dublin is a huge, colourful, theatrical event that snakes through the historic city centre, with vivid displays and international bands.

Raise your glasses to Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar from Waterford whose persistent efforts turned March 17 into a feast day. Born in 1558, Wadding died in Rome in 1657 and his remains are interred there in the college of St. Isidore’s, which he founded. If you visit the National Gallery of Ireland, you can see a painting of the friar by Carlo Maratta, in Waterford city he is commemorated with a statue outside the French Church (Greyfriars).

St. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. Once there, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep. But on his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity. It was on this island that he remained for the rest of his life, preaching, baptising and building churches until his death in 461 in County Down.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Patrick.  On this day everyone claims to be Irish.  Celebrations with parades. corned beef and cabbage, green beer, potato candy and dancing the Irish Jig while wearing of the green are happening all over not only the United States, but the world.

March 17th marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn, after arriving nearby at the mouth of the Slaney River. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal.

Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737. This was followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind – their first parade was held in Waterford in 1903, while Dublin joined the club back in 1931. Today, the parade in Dublin is a huge, colourful, theatrical event that snakes through the historic city centre, with vivid displays and international bands.

Raise your glasses to Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar from Waterford whose persistent efforts turned March 17 into a feast day. Born in 1558, Wadding died in Rome in 1657 and his remains are interred there in the college of St. Isidore’s, which he founded. If you visit the National Gallery of Ireland, you can see a painting of the friar by Carlo Maratta, in Waterford city he is commemorated with a statue outside the French Church (Greyfriars).

St. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. Once there, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep. But on his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity. It was on this island that he remained for the rest of his life, preaching, baptising and building churches until his death in 461 in County Down.

Prayer to St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland.
Dear St. Patrick,
in your humility you called yourself a sinner,
but you became a most successful missionary
and prompted countless pagans
to follow the Saviour.
Many of their descendents in turn
spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands.
Through your powerful intercession with God,
obtain the missionaries we need
to continue the work you began.
Amen.

NASCAR Sunday

 

No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS

Today was the third race of the 2017 NASCAR Schedule.  Kasey Kahne drove his No. 5 Liftmaster Chevy SS and finished 12th.  Not the best finish he has had so far this year, but respectable.  So far he is off to a great start over the past two years.  This kid can drive so I just don’t understand why he has struggled so much.

Anyway, if you didn’t catch today’s race the end was priceless.  Kyle Busch, the driver of the 18 M&M’s Camry wrecked in the last lap after he tried to push Logano into the 2 car.  Logano countered with a move to forge ahead of Busch and Busch wrecked.  He lew off the handle at Joey Logano and tried to attack him after the race.  Joey’s team surrounded him and finally Kyle was subdued by officials and was escorted from the area.   Now, if you know anything about Kyle Busch, you know that he is notorious for wrecking people to secure a win.  It has never mattered who or when or where either.  Kasey has been left in his wake many times.  I just can’t muster any sympathy for Kyle Busch.

So, next week it’s Phoenix.  I’m hoping the 5 Team finishes better.

Second Sunday of Lent

LENT DAY 12
MATTHEW 17:1-9

The Transfiguration of Jesus.

1 a After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.*
2* b And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.
3* And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
4Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents* here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5c While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,* then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
6* When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
8And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
9d As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision* to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel recounts the story of the Transfiguration. Here the glorified Jesus represents the fulfillment of the Old Testament revelation, symbolized by Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophets.

Let’s look at the two basic divisions. God gave the Torah, the law, to his people, in order that they might become a priestly people, a holy nation, a people set apart, in the hopes that they would then function as a sort of magnet to the rest of the world. But the law didn’t take. From the very beginning, the people turned away from its dictates, and became as bad as the nations around them.

And then the prophets. Repeatedly we hear the call to be faithful to the Torah, to follow the ways of the Lord. The prophets constantly turn on Israel itself, reminding her of her own sinfulness. And then came Jesus, God and man. Jesus did what no hero of Judaism had ever done. He fulfilled the law, remained utterly obedient to the demands of the Father, even to the point of laying down his life. He brought the Torah and the prophets thereby to fulfillment.

Bishop Robert Barron


I thought I would share this with you today.  

Review: NYPD Red 4

NYPD Red 4 NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fourth book in a series. I do love to read series books. It is a great standalone book as well.

In true Patterson fashion the hero’s, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDoanald are members of the elite NYPD Red, which is the police department for the stars. Zach and Kylie have a history which complicates Zach’s relationship with Cheryl his new girlfriend. During this drama, they are investigating a murder which occurred during a robbery of a movie star on the way to her premiere.

While busy with this investigation, several hospitals have been robbed of expensive medical equipment and the mayor insists that Zach and Kylie be put on the case. The thieves are caught, but a new twist creates some creative politics to make the mayor come out of it a hero.

I loved the book.

Could It Be the Flu?

If I didn’t know better I would swear I have the flu.  I am achy and have a sore throat and I think I have a fever.  I can’t be sure about that because my thermometer has a dead battery.  I never had a problem telling if I had a fever years ago, the thermometers didn’t have batteries.  They were glass and filled with mercury.

Anyway, I have been feeling increasingly worse since I got back from Lexington.  I even gave up a day of sewing with my friend Iris yesterday.  Now that is saying something.  She lives several hours away and is only here a few months out of the year.  They have a family home at the beach and this is one of the months she is here.

I spent Monday cooking for the week and was so tired when I got done that I couldn’t even clean up the kitchen.  Needless to say no one has done it for me so it still waits.  I live alone, so the only one who gets bothered by my mess is me.  Guess what?  It doesn’t bother me a bit today; and if I am no better tomorrow I don’t think it will bother me then either.

Since I started this paleo life style, I do all of my cooking for the week on one day.  At least mostly I do.  I made sweet potato chili, herb fried chicken thighs, baked zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and broccoli.  I have salmon and tilapia fillets in the freezer that I thaw right before I cook them.  I always have frozen vegetables in the freezer in case I run out of fresh.

Although I was doubtful that I would get used to doing without certain foods,(wheat and other grains, dairy, legumes) I can honestly say that I am not only used to it, but I don’t miss them.  And, I am feeling so much better.  Well except for whatever crud I have caught right now.  My fibromyalgia has improved immensely and I no longer require insulin for my Type II diabetes.  That’s right, no more insulin.  My A1C is 6.  Not only am I not taking insulin anymore, but I am not taking anything by mouth either.  I am so stoked.  And all I had to do was to teach my body to use fat for energy instead of  carbs.  Easy peasy right?

For anyone who has been having a difficult time losing weight, or has a chronic illness or just wants to get healthy, give Whole 30 a try.  You start with a 30 day challenge and go from there.  Here’s the link:  Whole30.  They have written cookbooks, but the website has delicious recipes for free and they have all the information about the 30 day challenge on the website.  It is free.

There are actually several places to get recipes for the paleo life style.  Here are a few:  Free Paleo Plan RecipesPaleohacks, and Paleo Newbie.  I have taken to experimenting in the kitchen.  Now that I know the types and quality of food I should be eating, and the spices that aid in good health, I become a mad scientist in the kitchen.   I have not ever enjoyed cooking more.  🙂

There are also online markets to purchase needed items for your Paleo diet. Here is the one I use. Thrive Market.  Their prices are good and they ship fast.  I have been very pleased with them so far. Tessemae’s All Natural carries a line of paleo items.

So, if you have been thinking about making a change in your lifestyle, give Paleo a try.

Reflections on Lent

Every year I subscribe to Bishop Robert Barron’s Lenten reflections.  I receive them right in my email.  I have found them to be most helpful during this time.  I thought I would share them with you. Here is the link to his reflections for 2017.  Lenten Reflections Archive.  You can sign up to have them sent to your email there as well.  These reflections are short, concise packets of inspiration. I highly recommend them.