The Silence in Chant
The Silence in Chant
Usually I would be starting to think of things like asparagus and lemon, lamb and baby beets–but it’s just a little too chilly still for the spring forerunners. I’m still thinking about hot stews and soups, lovely warm desserts like apple crisp in little ramekins with ice cream melting on it. So, to keep us warm through these last chilly days of winter, here is a recipe for orange-tinged mini apple crisps.
By Melodious Monk
We are given so many choices everyday–what to wear, what to put in our coffee, what to read out of the newspaper, what to say or not say to others, whether to read the Bible or not. Millions of tiny choices all day long.
I’ve been reading and re-reading the first chapter of James the last couple of weeks, and am amazed at how many verses feel like they were written just for me today. Perhaps it is an example of God’s limitless ability to not be bound by time or space; that some words written down so long ago can still have the power to infect us.
James chapter one says, “If any of you is lacking wisdom, (for all those daily choices!) ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” James further explains his point: “for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
So today, like everyday, we have a choice to make, and in many ways a simple clear choice – Need wisdom? Just ask! Feeling like you’re in an emotional cyclone you can’t find the way out of? Stop doubting and ask! For the same truth still holds true nearly 2000 years after St. James lived: “Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
Praying the Office
In this case she has selected a special puff pancake filled with fresh fruit, breathtakingly beautiful as it comes to her piping hot straight from the oven, all puffy and golden, with a whipped cream garnish and a crisp side of bacon curls.
Beat eggs and milk together, Gradually stir in flour and flavorings. Pour into a buttered bake dish and bake @ 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 -15 minutes. Fill with fruit and garnish quickly. Serve immediately.
By Sr. Nun Other
I awoke today with a personal weather forecast of cloudy with a good chance of thunder showers (on those around me!). I was out of sorts, displeased,and covered in a lawyer of super-gloom. Praying and talking did little to improve my outlook, and I was resigned to a day of self-imposed funk. Then rescue came through the memory of a song, written years ago by one of our first sisters. Based on the scripture Revelation 1:9, the words are:
I was in the spirit on the Lord’s Day
Praying to my God and King
I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day
Asking would He hear my cry?
Then I saw the sky was aflame
And I heard Him call my name.
Fear not! For I am the same
Today, tomorrow, and forever.
Every day is the Lord’s day, waiting for me to walk without fear and to love as I am loved.
“I will cry to You, and You will answer Me”
By Gourmet Nun
My mother used to make the best molasses spice cookies. They were thin and somewhat crispy, buttery and spicy. Many years ago she gave me the recipe, but unfortunately I don’t remember what special place I put it in to save it! But I came across this recipe a couple of years ago. They don’t resemble my mom’s cookies, but I must say the flavor evokes those buttery crispy spicy cookies she used to make.
Ginger spice cookies
Makes about 40 2-3 inch cookies
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, slightly firm
3/4 cup Crisco
3 cups sugar, divided
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dark molasses
Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment. Mix together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set aside. Mix butter on medium-low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add shortening and continue to mix until creamy and lightened in color, about a minute longer. Add 2 cups of the sugar in four additions and continue to mix for another 2 minutes.