Meatless Friday Recipe: Magnificent Marinara Sauce

Marinara sauce with cheese ravioli or tortellini makes a great (and frugal) Meatless Friday meal! I’m a huge fan of the marinara sauce at the Olive Garden, and it’s easy to make this copycat recipe at home–in about 30 minutes! Wake up the flavor of your herbs and spices by sauteeing them with the onion and garlic. This sauce freezes well, so make a double batch if you like!

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Get the recipe and nutrition information for Magnificent Marinara Sauce here!

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 and Secular Franciscan who enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and reading and writing about cooking. She is an editorial consultant for CatholicMom.com.

You Are Worthy

I’m sure you’ve gone through difficult situations.   I’m sure you’ve stuggled and cried and yelled at God.  I’m sure you’ve asked “Why me?”

Difficulty and suffering is part of the human condition.

Somtimes the biggest struggle we have is our feelings of unworthiness.  Unworthiness of love.  Unworthiness of forgiveness.   Unworthiness of help.

Our faith tells us that our worth comes from God.

But society tells us that our worth comes from what we accomplish, what we look like, how much money we have.

Sometimes we listen to society just a bit too much.

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Amelia Bentrup

Amelia is a wife of 14 years and a mother of 4 amazing children. She and her husband have lived all over the Eastern United States, but recently settled down in Indiana. She writes at One Catholic Mama...where you can read all her thoughts on homeschooling, parenting, natural living, and Catholic issues. Occasionally she talks about fashion.

Perpetual Sanctification (part two)

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I wake up feeling like I had never slept. Why am I so tired?  Then it comes crashing back to me, the whole scene, like reliving a movie, the finding of porn on my daughters twitter feed.  Does she honestly think I believe that she doesn’t know whose it is or how it got on her feed?  I cannot wrap my mind around it.

Taking it to the Lord, I decide to go to another Parish for daily Mass, because I need to be alone, I need to sort this through, and I need to be anonymous.  I feel the weight of 100 bricks on my shoulders.  In the pew, I beg for guidance and answers. I lift my needs up to the Lord, I ask mamma Mary to help me, mother her daughter. Continue reading

Join me for the next post to read what the Grace of the Sacrament of Marriage reveals, please pray for me!!!

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Unselfishly Give to Others: Easy or Hard to Do?

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Unselfishly giving to others – Do you find it easy or hard to do? If you are like me, you might find it hard to do, all the time. That is because in our society, we are wired to “take care of number 1,” especially in the world of business. We tend to transcend that thought process into our personal lives. How contrary this thought process is to how Christ would like for us to behave as Christians!

Christ’s message was clear. When He taught us to pray the Our Father, he taught us to say, “Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.” Every time we say the Our Father, we are surrendering our will to the Father by aligning our will with that of the Father. Have you ever looked at the words of the Our Father in this way? Do we really mean what we say when we pray the Our Father? God reads the heart. He knows the truth. If we mean what we say, then acting unselfishly should come easy to us. However, if we have reservations about completely submitting to the will of the Father, then acting unselfishly might not be that easy for us. For many of us it is difficult to let go and let God’s will be done.

So, if we would like to truly act unselfishly, on a more consistent basis, how can we accomplish that? Here are a few practical suggestions to get you started: Read more…

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Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia teaches Liturgy and Sacraments for the Catechetical Certificate Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! Virginia is available for public speaking engagements. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

Life or Death: A Four-Year old Chooses

The following is a true story of a four-year-old Catholic child, in a coma, following a serious car accident.heaven-hell

Chandra was still not conscious when she began to speak to her parents in the ICU unit. She spoke as if in a dream, describing a big room with two doors where she sat waiting with several other people. She explained that she had to decide which door she wanted to walk through. A really nice man, dressed in white smiled at her and told her that she was completely free to walk through either door. One door would bring her back to her life on earth. If she liked, she could across the room, take the nice man’s hand and walk through the other door.

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Melanie Jean Juneau is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

Part II of the Seven Signposts on the Highway to Hell

A Key to the Roadmap

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In the previous article, we looked at sin and evil, and identified the Seven Signposts on the Highway to Hell. But, just knowing the outward signs is probably not quite enough. So, let’s take a closer look at these sins and find out why we call them Deadly.

Part II

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Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly blogs under the pen name Frater Bovious at https://spiritualadvocate.wordpress.com/, and as a guest blogger at http://thejoecatholic.org/. He is also a contributor at Catholic365.com. Mark holds a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Theology and lives in Carrollton, TX with his wife Rosie Connolly and their dog Coco.

Perpetual Sanctification (part one)

Did you ever have one of those weeks that you thought you just might not survive?  I mean emotionally, not physically, although, sometimes emotional stress is worse than the most strenuous physical workout.  Well that’s the kind of week I had.

It not only left me battered and bruised, but it had me questioning every decision I have ever made as a wife, mother and friend.  I would no sooner  think I was on solid ground and the rug would be pulled out again!

In those times, although, not much fun, much growth can occur.  I found myself swept away in a current that had been building for quite some time.  Continue reading……

 

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Why Be Selfless? Where Does It Get You?

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Why be selfless? As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ to the best of our abilities. Christ was completely selfless, when He allowed Himself to be mocked, scourged and crucified – all for the love of humankind; obedient to the Father’s will to the end. Prior to His Passion and death, Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

Now, He is not necessarily calling us to lay down our lives for our friends literally. He is however, calling us to imitate Him in how He obeyed His Father. “He emptied himself” (Phil 2:7) to become human and did not regard Himself in equality with the Father (Phil 2:6). Jesus submitted His will to that of the Father. He calls us to do the same. This means that we are… Read more…

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Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia teaches Liturgy and Sacraments for the Catechetical Certificate Program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine – Theology Program Online. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will hopefully be published during 2015 – God willing! Virginia is available for public speaking engagements. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband of 35+ years, Nick.

Celebrating Passion Sunday

passion sundayDid you notice something different at your church today?  Did you remember to veil your crosses at home?  Today is Passion Sunday (the 5th Sunday of Lent) and the beginning of Passiontide.  It is said that:

“Crosses and statues are veiled now and will remained veiled for two full weeks.  The Catholic Encyclopedia describes this custom as follows:  “Before Vespers of Saturday preceding Passion Sunday (i.e. the 5th Sunday of Lent) the crosses, statues, and pictures of our Lord and of the saints on the altar and throughout the church, with the sole exception of the crosses and pictures of the Way of the Cross, are to be covered with a violet veil, not translucent, nor in any way ornamented.  The crosses remain covered until the solemn denudation of the principal crucifix on Good Friday.  The statues and pictures remain their covering, no matter what feast may occur, until the Gloria in Excelsis of Holy Saturday”.

Continue reading about Passion Sunday and see what our family did to celebrate at Children Of The Church Blog!

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Nicole Ernest is loving living out her vocations as a Catholic wife and mother. Nicole resides in Nebraska with her husband and their lovable, energy filled boys. Nicole shares about living the liturgical year, homeschooling and marriage/ family life at her blog Children of the Church. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the Catholic Blogger Network family!

Thoughts on Cheap Grace and Presumption

Modern Christianity seems to have many problems that boil down to one fact—that we have convinced ourselves we don’t personally need to change. Others may need to change—if their behaviors go against what we dislike—but not us and not those who think like we do. All we have to do is convince ourselves that we’re not as bad as those people who we deem worse than us and convince ourselves that because God loves us He won’t send us to Hell, and we can just rest comfortably with no need to change ourselves. Anybody who says we must change, or that there are things that are always wrong, are obviously judgmental bigots who can be safely ignored. Any Scriptures that tell us that God condemns the things we do as evil are labeled the products of an “unenlightened time” and can also be safely ignored.

The problem with this view is it has nothing to do with what God the Father has taught, and nothing to do what His Son has taught. What has been taught is the call to repent and turn back to God. We are called to take up our cross and follow Him. We are told to obey His commandments. We are not told that we can go back to behaving like we did before we were called.

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I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.