Sainthood

Celebrating the 800th Jubilee (1216-2016) 

Three major Dominican saints are celebrated this week.

Thursday, April 28th is the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716). He was ordained in 1700 in France and entered the third order of Dominicans. He preached  the rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout France.

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If you are looking forward to a special spiritual journey, pick up the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. The next Preparation period is July 13th for Consecration on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th.

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April 29th is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). She was born the 24th of 25 children in Siena, Italy. She went on to counsel popes and princes in war-torn Northern Italy. She helped to end the Babylonian Captivity when the pope was in Avignon, France. She died in Rome and is buried there in the church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva. We will visit her on our pilgrimage. Her famous work is The Dialogues and she is a Doctor of the Church, one of the first women so honored.

April 30th is the feast of Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572, pope: 1566-1572). He became a Dominican priest in 1528 and taught in Italy for sixteen years. He spoke and wrote against the Protestant reformation and became inquisitor for Como, Italy.

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Pius V became Cardinal, but fell out of favor with Pope Pius IV. He was elected pope after Pius IV and continued the reform of the Church after the Council of Trent. He is famous for seeing in vision the defeat of Islamic forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.

Today: A Higher Meaningfulness for 4-20

GOLDEN GATE PARK, S.F. – April 20, 2016, 1200 hrs. PDT –

‘man, did you catch the buzz?!?

“… and sure, I try a rice crispy AND a bit of brownie.”

 

‘Dunt have pictures to prove it, but we were there in Sharon Meadow of Golden Gate Park; USA – 4:20 p.m. comes a little late in the sunny day, but you can light up at the same time, man.

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Delicious Roasted Pot Roast and Other Dishes

 

With Dark Red Wine and Fresh Chuck Meat!

Check your refrigerator, wine cellar and pantry for the following ingredients:

 

  • One bone-in arm chuck roast, a pricier cut of beef, or short ribs
  • 2 T. of your favorite seasoning blend . . . thyme, sage, basil, tarragon, paprika, etc.
  • 4 T. olive or safflower oil
  • 3 c. mixed celery, carrots, leeks, shallots etc.
  • Whole onions (however many you wish to eat)
  • Potatoes (Yukon, Red, and Idaho Russet are our favorites)
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • Allspice if you’d like a taste of Greek food
  • 1 c. canned tomato puree
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 t. peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 c. beef stock
  • ½ c. Port Wine
  • 1 c. Merlot (you may use Cab, Syrah, or Pinot if you opened it within 3 days)

Set aside a large oven-tempered roasting pan, be it glass or metal. No china or plastics, please. It is best to choose a pan with a top cover particularly if there is not enough aluminum foil available in the kitchen..

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Get a skillet over high heat and add several drops of oil. Brown the meat on both sides. This is important to contain the beef’s natural juices. Don’t use a top because you need to closely watch the searing process to avoid deep blackening. Add salt unless the seniors coming to dinner are on a low sodium diet. Remove meat from the frying pan when this beef searing operation is finished. Sauté the vegetables until glassy-looking, remove and reserve for later. Don’t overcook. Add the garlic, herbs, and spices to the pan, cooking until nicely colored. Add the wines and tomato. Reduce liquids by half at a boil. Add the beef stock. You might bring it almost to a boil so the bottom of the pan does not scorch or just throw it in the oven after taking the next step.
Add vegetables to pot. Add the meat back to the pan. The top of the roast should “crown” out of the braising liquid. Place a 5-inch square of foil or the pan’s cover over the exposed meat. Place the pan in a 325-degree oven and cook for 2 hours on a slow bake.

You may double this baking time if you wish; keep forking the roast once and awhile until it is at your desired level of tenderness. This step is optional: Remove meat and vegetables from pan. Place the baking pan on the stovetop, bring liquids to a simmer, and reduce by a third to thicken. Season and serve the gravy along side with the meat and vegetables. It is all gravy!

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This is one of many recipes contained in David A. Dailey’s cookbook:

Confessions of an Oenophile – An American Family Cookbook

Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and the publisher Outskirts Press

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Cookbook

There are always first round March Madness upsets

Watch out for the Bulldogs, Pirates, and Rams.

The ultimate college basketball champion is as wide open as it has been for decades as no team starts the tourney with 3, 2, 1 losses, or unbeaten. The East bracket will be the most contested: North Carolina will meet challenges getting through to the Final Four.

Although #1 vs. #16 upsets are rare, the matchup of state rivals Hampton and University of Virginia is a game that has to be played. You can imagine how pumped up the Hampton Pirates will be with their two senior guards averaging over 17 points per game.

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Our #2-15 possible upset is the Wildcats of Weber State and Xavier. The Wildcats can pull it off if guard Jeremy Senglin can continue scoring 44.2% on 3-point shots.

Look at this #3-14 seeded possibility it is the red hot Fresno State Bulldogs, fresh from a conference tournament win versus the higher seeded Utah Utes. The Bulldogs have two senior guards that could spell trouble.

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“March Madness”

Next at 4 vs 13 is Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (27-5) and the California Bears (23-10), who just lost an assistant coach. The Bears play good defense but the Warriors are better at forcing turnovers. The Warriors are coming off a conference tournament win, too.

There may be two 5-12 upsets this week. The most frequent upsets during the first round often are with the #5 against the #12. The Yale Bulldogs are riding high and will be up against the jet-lagged Baylor Bears in Rhode Island.

The number six seeds should all pass the first round: Arizona, Notre Dame, Texas, and Seton Hall.

Watch for a 7 vs. 10 upset this Friday afternoon. VCU (24-10) can keep their winning streak going against Oregon State (19-12).

The first upset of the tournament may be in Des Moines. Connecticut Huskies (#9) can handle the (#8 seeded) Colorado Buffalos. The hot Huskies are coming off a conference tournament championship. U Conn’s front line is bigger at 7-foot, 6-7, and 6-7.

 

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[for musement only]

 

Punxsutawney Phil Did NOT See His Shadow

Was wondering . . . ’cause around the San Fran Bay Area (Levi is home to SB L) we had early morning raindrops followed by sunny skies.

So are we supposed to believe more hype about El Nino and this Super Bowl?

If I was a groundhog, I would have slept in until 9 or 10 and have ordered breakfast in den. That means spring equinox will come as planned on March 21 just like printed on the calendar. Also I’d forewarn of a bear market and try to sell Tesla before the environmentalists hit the fan in Nevada.

That is all 2/2/2016

“Cancer Politics” — Arriving at a Cure; The Irony is Killing Me

Vice President Joe Biden and his father have identified four kinds of American politics:

  • Labor Politics
  • Religious Politics
  • Regular Politics
  • Cancer Politics

In a concerted effort to get everyone involved and cooperating on-the-same-page, the Vice President [and I wish Joe would become our 45th President] has coined a “Moon Shots Program” for the Cancer Community.

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Legendary Basketball Coach Jimmy Valvano

This Cancer Community appears to be operating in its own individualist self-interest. If only researchers, doctors/oncologists, colleges and foundations, patients and their codependents and helpers, philanthropists, and others would work together to find cures for many types of cancer, we Americans who suffer – and the human race – would be better off.

Joe is not far off by comparing the American effort during the 1960s to a current emphasis on cancer solutions and prevention for our current decade, which has only four years remaining.

The urgency is now to get egos and financial incentives directed toward non-selfish results . . . and hurry before my best friend dies!

As national champion Coach Jimmy Valvano said weeks before his death, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!”

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St. Thomas Aquinas

January 28 is observed as the feast day of this great writer and theologian.

He was born in Italy during 1225 and passed on March 7, 1274, after also living in France.

Check his writings out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas

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Stained Glass Window at the Rear of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

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Senatorial Candidate Speaks to Local Government on the San Francisco Peninsula

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