Last night we had a feast! We invited a family over for dinner, a family having seven children (read: dinner for 14 children). I made spagetti and meatballs for the kids (with salad and garlic bread) and the adults had T-bones, salad, gorgonzola cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and bread dipped in garlic infused olive oil and a variety of seasonings. Oh, of course a good substantial red wine was included. For dessert we had homemade brownies, and cheesecake from Trader Joe's with good strong coffee. The kids had a blast, as the ages almost line up exactly. The adults had a wonderful time laughing, sharing and encouraging each other. It was lovely.
For Eastern Catholics, Wednesday is usually a fast day (optional, but encouraged). But this Wednesday we had a feast. The occasion was The Publican and Pharasee Sunday. Here is a description of the day from a friend of mine. He sends out regular e-mails to keep people appraised of the progress of Transfiguration college. If anyone is interested in this, let me know and I'll get you on the list. But, that is another post for a later time. Now, the Publican and the Pharasee:
"For those of us who use the New Calendar, this is the week of the Publican and the
Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14). Both men go into the temple to pray, but the
Pharisee brags about his good works and fasting. The publican merely
proclaims his sinfulness: "Lord have mercy!" The publican goes away
justified, while the Pharisee does not. In commemoration of this
parable, the Church commands us not to fast this week, so that we will
be reminded not to be self-righteous, but rather humble before God and
others. I recommend you look here."
Well, the blog fast is working well; I have gotten lots done, and managed to do a pretty good check on all my blog buddies. As per my plan, I have finished one cup of coffee, so for now, I must sign off. Blessings to you all!