Monday, October 28, 2019


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Today is the Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude and what fondness I feel for St. Jude since it was the church named in his honor that we were received in and how fitting--he's a patron of impossible causes, but all is possible through Christ Jesus! All the Apostles were martyred except for John and it fills me with awe--Christians everywhere, especially in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa are being martyred every day. I wonder if we in the West could be as brave.

I've not been well but even that's been a blessing because there's been more time to spend contemplating God. We celebrated the Feast of Christ the King yesterday and it fills me with so much joy just knowing He is King of all and to surrender my life into His care. 

For Respect Life month, the pastor of St. Clare of Assisi invited me to sell BOUND after Mass. It was so lovely to be able to tell parishioners why I wrote the book. I'm praying it will spark many discussions about choosing life when it's hard. Fr. West had two posters showing the latest progress on the building itself. I was bowled over by the beautiful stained glass windows we'll be getting and also the High Altar! Check out this short video about it. It's going to be such a beautiful house of God!  

We picked that shiny eggplant and I made a ratatouille. And wonder of wonders, there are four more baby eggplants! Good thing we'll be having a potluck supper after the Requiem Mass. Doesn't Michael look like a proud papa?!

Finally, an unexpected gift from Pearl Meaker. She composed the layout with the photograph, Hebrew writing, and calligraphy of a hymn verse. I have her permission to share it. May it bless you too! 


Mirka Breen said...

I'm sorry you haven't been well, Vijaya. I guess ratatouille is not a cure all, but I do love it.

Vijaya said...

Thank you Mirka. Sometimes I feel that God must think I need a whack upside the head to teach me a few lessons. Gotta trust Him. And this ratatouille was exceptionally good. At the very end, I also added the burnt ends of a beef brisket. The flavors blend beautifully.

Barbara Etlin said...

I looked up the recipe for ratatouille and I don't think I'd like it because of the stewed tomatoes. But I could see doing a stir-fry of the other ingredients and enjoying it.

Have you ever made eggplant salad? If I remember correctly--I haven't made it in several years and don't have it written down--the recipe goes like this: Pierce an eggplant, broil it for 5 minutes, and scoop it out. Add chopped red and green peppers, chopped red onion, a bit of olive oil, a bit of vinegar, and salt and ground pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.

Vijaya said...

Stir-fried eggplant is really good too, Barb. And I make a Greek style eggplant salad--with thin slices brushed with oil, broiled, quartered, and then mixed with chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted garlic and onions. Very similar to yours. It's soooo good with a dollop of yogurt. I also love eggplant roasted over a fire and then mixed with all the Indian spices. And tomatoes! I love tomato anything, so I'm always putting them in everything.