Reflections for March 12th and 13th

March 12th 

“When we fail to practice penance, very soon a love of luxury creeps into our hearts. We start to make excuses for ourselves and become less generous as the spirit of penance relaxes. Through penance, we expiate our faults, make the body more submissive to the will, and obtain abundant graces. The saints did many great penances. We are not called to the extraordinary ones but to the small daily ones that draw the soul to God and God to the soul.”

— Bl. Mother Theresa of Calcutta

 

March 13th 

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

— St. Therese of Lisieux

Reflections for March 12th and 13th

March 11th Reflection

“Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.”   

– Saint Camillus de Lellis


“God is your Father, and you are his son! Alas, this voice is too intimate, and too few people hear it….The Holy Spirit does not give everyone this secret testimony. As to him, he wishes to give it to all, but all are not worthy. O God, make us worthy of it! This is a good thing to ask of God, for in truth it is he who gives it. And he responds: Act with me, work by my side, open your heart to me, let every created thing be silent, and say to me often in secret: Our Father, our Father.”
– Fr. Jacques B. Bossuet

March 11th Reflection

March 10th Reflection

“If the love of God is in your heart, you will understand that to suffer for God is a joy to which all earthly pleasures are not to be compared.”

– Saint Ignatius

“The fast of Lent has no advantage to us unless it brings about our spiritual renewal. It is necessary while fasting to change our whole life and practice virtue. Turning away from all wickedness means keeping our tongue in check, restraining our anger, avoiding all gossip, lying and swearing. To abstain from these things— herein lies the true value of the fast.”
— St. John Chrysostom
March 10th Reflection

Remaining Fish Fry Schedule Released

Normally, I would do a big announcement each Sunday on our next fish fry stop, a la College Gameday.  However, it seems just setting the tour schedule right away allows for some planning.  So, here you go!  Note schedule is subject to change.

March 10th:  Our Lady of Lourdes (6:15)

March 17th:  St. Rita (6:45)

March 24th:  Guardian Angels (6:15)

March 31st:  St. Martin of Tours (5:20)

April 7th:  St. Aloysius, Pewee Valley (6:15

April 14th:  St. John Paul II (6:00)

 

Remaining Fish Fry Schedule Released

March 8th Reflection

“In our self-centered culture and classic American emphasis on work, we often feel we have to accomplish something during our times of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. We rate our experience by how ‘good’ our prayer was, how heartfelt our devotion was, or how focused we could remain. Yet prayer and contemplation are fundamentally God’s work, in which we are invited to participate. We need only to give Him the opening, and He will do the rest. By coming to adoration, we are handing Him the keys to our hearts, allowing the rays of His love and grace to bathe our souls in the light of His Presence, as the rays of the sun bathe our bodies in light. If we can take the time to pull away from the busyness and distractions of life and just sit at His feet, He will lead us.”

— Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

March 8th Reflection

March 6th Reflection

“He that sacrifices to God his property by alms-deeds, his honor by bearing insults, or his body by mortifications, by fasts and penitential rigours, offers to Him a part of himself and of what belongs to him; but he that sacrifices to God his will, by obedience, gives to Him all that he has, and can say: Lord, having given you my will, I have nothing more to give you.”

— St. Alphonsus Liguori

March 6th Reflection

March 5th Reflection

“Each of you knows that the foundation of our faith is charity. Without it, our religion would crumble. We will never be truly Catholic unless we conform our entire lives to the two commandments that are the essence of the Catholic faith: to love the Lord, our God, with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.”

— Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

March 5th Reflection

2017 Fish Fry Stop #1: St. Albert the Great

The fish fry tour officially kicked off this past Friday with a stop at St. Albert the Great in the Graymoor-Devondale neighborhood.

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This fish fry is similar to many other suburban parishes, where the fish fry is held in the school gym with many volunteers being parents of the students at the parish school.  Despite the fish fry not showing up in the original listing of the archdiocesan fish fries (now included in the current schedule), this fry was well-attended, as the group waited over 45 minutes in line for food.  Fortunately, the beverage station was located well before the food stand, so you could quench your thirst during the wait.  

The menu featured some new side items that I had not seen in the Louisville fries I’ve attended before.  Before scrolling down, can you figure out what they are?

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Answer:  apple sauce and potato rounds.  The potato rounds are especially prevalent, as they are a part of the fish fry dinner plate.  The apple sauce is a good side for the many children in attendance.

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As always, I went with the fried fish, with sides of Mac n’ cheese and green beans.  You may notice that I had no dessert, which was part due to the dessert table being off in the corner and part being ready to eat after the long wait.  As you can also see, the food was plentiful for the night.20170303_190949

For the amount of food that you will receive, this was a pretty good deal.  With the Bud Light, the total cost was $10.50, which is on the lower end for fish fries in town.  

For our first week, it was a good start to the tour.  I do recommend arriving early, though, as this is clearly a popular spot on Friday nights.  St. Albert’s will be running their fish fries on all Fridays in March, from 5-7:30.  They are located at 1395 Girard Drive.

By the way, those pull tabs were all losing tickets.  One of these times I will win!

 

 

2017 Fish Fry Stop #1: St. Albert the Great