Showing posts tagged as 'italy'

Nativity Scenes

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Spirit

December 12, 2010 21:01

Did you know that it was St. Francis of Assisi who created the first nativity scene?In 1223, Saint Francis had the idea of creating a living portrait of the birth of Jesus, as a way to bring the Gospel stories to life. Legend has it that local shepherds, guarding their flocks outside the small Italian town of Greccio, provided the inspiration.

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Tuscan Harvest Soup

Tags: Italy, Soup-on-saturday, Soups-and-stews

October 22, 2010 03:26

Moosewood Restaurant in New York. According to them, this hearty soup is usually made around the time that olives are harvested. I know I just wrote about Italy yesterday....One day, I hope I can make it there during the olive harvest. I heard recently that someone invented a machine that shakes the olives from their branches. That's not what I want to see. Instead, I want to go someplace where...

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Another Adventure

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Travel

October 21, 2010 05:49

A priest friend of mine and I had to scrap our initial itinerary for an Italy trip we were planning for next summer. With the dollar as weak as it is right now, the trip was just too expensive.I'm being cautious about it because, when I brought my last group over, some people traveling with me were just overwhelmed by the costs. It made for a stressful trip and took away a lot of the enjoyment...

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Don’t Stop Dreaming

Tags: Inspiration, Italy, Mind, Travel

October 10, 2010 22:10

Where's your happy place? When I'm having a tough day, I close my eyes and think about Tuscany. Over the last twenty years, I've had the great blessing to visit this wonderful part of Italy many times. If I were rich, I'd have an apartment in Florence overlooking the Piazza della Signoria. Almost always noisy and crowded with tourists, I'd love to set my alarm to go off in the middle of the...

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St. Francis and Pain

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Soups-and-stews, Spirit

October 04, 2010 21:43

St. Francis is one of the greatest saints in the history of Christianity. You can learn all about him by clicking his name above. As I mentioned in yesterday's posting, I had the chance to be in Assisi for his feast day during the Jubilee Year of 2000. I've been to Assisi many times, but this trip was special. I was with my mother and sister, along with a good friend of mine who later became a...

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St. Francis of Assisi

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Spirit, Travel

October 03, 2010 20:56

Ten years ago today, my family and I were celebrating the Jubilee Year in the Umbrian town of Assisi. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis, and there is an ancient tradition of celebrating the vigil of his death with prayer. It's known as the Transitus of St. Francis.Those two days in Assisi were some of the most memorable of all my travels in Italy. Almost 800 years after his death, I...

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Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

September 08, 2010 21:07

In the Catholic tradition, today is Mary's birthday. This beautiful Madonna by Fra Angelico captures the youthfulness of Mary when Gabriel appeared to her with some history-changing news. Despite her virginity, she would bear a son, who would be named Jesus. There had never been an announcement like it before, or since.Several years ago, I heard a wonderful reflection on this passage (Luke...

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New Recipes

Tags: Dessert, Italy, Main-course, Vegetarian

August 10, 2010 06:27

For all those who are looking for something to do with your bumper crop of tomatoes, I've posted some new appetizer and main course recipes. There's also a wonderful new salad from sunny Sicily. I think you'll enjoy them all as much as my friends and I did Saturday night.For dessert, I simply took four ripe peaches, peeled and sliced, and mixed them together with a pint of local blackberries....

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Fireworks and St. Francis

Tags: Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Travel

June 30, 2010 21:39

Assisi for the 4th of July. I had a bunch of teenagers with me, and they reminded me that they had never been away from the US on our Independence Day. I knew I wasn't going to find any fireworks, and I also realized that it wasn't necessarily the place to whip out our American flags.So, we did the next best thing. We sat around in the piazza outside the doors of theBasilica of St. Francis, and...

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