Monday, October 30, 2006

Grace Before Meals

I am not one to watch much TV (I don't even own one), but when I do visit my folks, I will find that when the TV does come on at home, I find myself watching the Food Network.

I learned quite a bit about cooking at the monastery in Norcia, so when I came back to the United States, I was able to do many more (and better) dishes. Since I am just a single guy living in an apartment, I can't exactly invite my homeschool-family friends over for dinner. Thus I have gone over to their houses and cooked for them on occasion.

While I was catching up on the posts over at the blog COSMOS-LITURGY-SEX, I came across an entry that mixes these ingredients together then adds a extra kick of priest (puns intended).

Now, my immediate reaction was, "this is going to be corny." However, I watched the trailer and found it to look quite interesting and entertaining, especially since his basis is getting the family together and encouraging that togetherness through meals. He also seems to have a great sense of humor.

You can see the trailer for his PBS show "Grace Before Meals."
(If the video is choppy, just let it get to the end and then refresh your browser window)

EDIT - Curt Jester also pointed out that there is a short pilot of the show too. It isn't a full episode, but I liked what I saw. He seems to have good taste as I noticed he had an Orvieto wine, and it looks like he does a lot of Italian type dishes.

Since we do Latin here too, I'll add the meal prayers for those who might be interested:

Prayer Before Meals
Bénedic, Dómine, nos et hæc tua dona, quæ de tua largitáte sumus sumptúri.
Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
R. Amen.
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Prayer After Meals
Ágimus tibi grátias, omnípotens Deus, pro univérsis benefíciis tuis. Qui vivis et regnas in saécula sæculórum.
R. Amen.
V. Fidélium animæ per misericórdiam Dei requiéscant in pace.
R. Amen.
We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits. You Who live and reign forever and ever.
R. Amen.
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

Maybe I'll even post some of my own recipes on occasion.


Truthseeker said...

As always, you are welcome to watch our TV and cook for us anytime!

Love, Mom

Roman Sacristan said...

We'll see what happens over the Thanksgiving holiday. ;)

semperficatholic said...

Most people think gluttony is when someone eats too much or eats and throws up and eats more. A very wise theologian, "great theologian", Fr. Denis E. O'Brien, said that gluttony is actually when folks don't ask a blessing on what they eat or thank God for putting the food on the table. Just thought I would throw that in.