We’re in a heated election year and the holidays are fast approaching. Conventional wisdom says there are two topics that should never be discussed at the dinner table, especially not at big family gatherings such as Thanksgiving and Christmas: religion and politics. We asked Fr. Leo Patalinghug, author of Grace Before Meals, what he has to say about this common belief. Watch below!
Catholics, says Fr. Leo, shouldn’t be “puritans” when in comes to food. A more wholesome Catholic approach to food and drink, he explains, is to practice better discipline; that is, don’t subject yourself to the food you eat, but be your own master instead.
Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin first met Mother Teresa in the 1970’s when he was a simple priest working with the poor, and she soon had him flying to India (and later New York, Philadelphia, Rome . . . etc.) to give spiritual retreats for her nuns. Listen to the full interview recounting a great spiritual friendship between a holy priest and a holy nun.
According to Fr. Leo Patalinghug, parents should teach their kids that feeding the family is not just the job of mom or dad, but is a job for all family members, and even for all Christians. That’s because one of the best ways to show love for others is to physically feed them, an example left to us by Christ himself and followed by many of his saints.
Hospitality is not only a Christian duty, but an easy and practical way to extend to others the love of Christ – and it has a huge and lasting impact for those on the receiving end. As Fr. Leo says in the video above, “Feeding somebody is a way to heal them.”
In today’s fast-paced and activity-laden society, many families look to cut down on food preparation time to make it quick and easy. But is this fast food mentality a good idea? What are we missing out on when we cut corners with the family meal? Here is what Fr. Leo Patalinghug (the family meal aficionado and cooking expert) has to say.
If you haven’t seen this excellent interview with Sister John Catherine of the Nashville Dominicans, you don’t want to miss it. Here she is interviewed by a non-Catholic Christian who seeks to better understand what a life consecrated to God means, and what it looks like as practiced in the daily life of her convent.
We recently enjoyed the privilege of having Fr. Leo Patalinghug (of EWTN fame) drop by our studio for a few questions while he was traveling in our hometown of Charlotte for his Grace Before Meals apostolate.
Many know Fr. Leo for being a master chef and charming TV personality, but he is first and foremost a gifted priest. That’s why the first question we wanted to ask when we sat down with him is how he discerned his call to the priesthood, and what advice he would give to young men currently discerning this vocation.
Have you always wanted to participate in a Lenten retreat, but don’t have the time or money to spend a whole weekend away from home? Sometimes just managing to attend a one-day retreat can be difficult! Doors of Mercy: Exploring God’s Covenant With You is a wonderful option for an at-home Lenten retreat, that can be done at […]
This is not just another book about Pope Francis – this book features the Holy Father’s own spontaneous words spoken as he exercises his everyday role as chief shepherd of all Christians. It is a compilation of the homily text recorded and transcribed by Radio Vaticana, complete with summaries and commentary – and meant to be read like a daily devotional. Below you can read an interview with the editor below as well as an excerpt homily from the book.