Biblical Language

I was looking through my brower’s bookmarks and came across this nice little post from Aggie Catholics which lists some of the popular phrases which come from the Bible. Here are some of my favourites:

“Living off the fat of the land” – Genesis 45:17-18
“Can a leopard change his spots?” – Jeremiah 13:23
“Eat, drink, and be merry” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
“The root of the matter” – Job 19:28
“Apple of my eye” – Deuteronomy 2:10 / Zechariah 2:8
“Twinkling of an eye” – 1 Corinthians 15:52
“A fly in the ointment” – Ecclesiastes 10:1
“Bite the dust” – Psalms 72: 9
“By the skin of our teeth” – Job 19:20

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Sunday Lectionary: We were doing so well…

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: 28th August, 2011

In this week’s Gospel we pick up where we left off last Sunday. Last week Peter gave his confession of Faith, but in today’s reading he doesn’t fare so well….

However, I think the real jewel this week is the Second Reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Every word of this passage is rich with meaning and worthy of meditation.

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The promised apology

This is my promised apology…

“Okay, Minion, you were right, and I was…less right” – Megamind

Okay, not that kind of apology… On Monday, when I put up the “Lectionary Notes” for yesterday’s Mass Readings, I said that later in the week I would try to do a slightly more apologetics-related post concerning Matthew 16.

Since this is an apologetics entry, if you haven’t read my Ecumenical Apologist post, I would invite you to read that first since it explains something of my perspective and my attempted approach with posts like this.

I was running a little low on time this week so I dug through my email and found a correspondence from a few years ago with a non-Catholic whom we will call “Jay”. Jay raised the question of the Pope early on in our correspondence, but I had resisted talking about the issue of the Papacy until we had covered some more fundamental issues (authority, the canon etc.).

Anyway, here’s what I said in response to his statements about Matthew 16…

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Stir Fry 2.0

Continuing with my “chicken” theme, I got a new stir fry recipe and made it tonight:

Here’s the recipe:

1. Cut four chicken breasts/thighs into half inch strips.

2. Coat in cornflower (should be about 3 tablespoons).

3. Cover with soy sauce (about 2 tablespoons) and leave to marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Chop vegetables: courgette, broccoli and carrot.

5. Chop onion long and thin. Spring onions are apparently best, but I used a red onion.

6. Fry onions in a wok without oil.

7. Once the onions start to soften, add the vegetables and cook for about 3 minutes.

8. Empty the wok. Start the jasmine rice.

9. Add oil. Peanut oil is apparently best, but I used olive oil (3 tablespoons).

10. Add the chicken and cook until it starts to brown, at which point add more soy sauce, honey (2 tablespoons), garlic (2 cloves) and a chili. A red birds eye chili was suggested, but I just used generic chili from the supermarket.

11. Allow this to simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow the cornflower to thicken the sauce.

12. When you are ready to serve, add the vegetables back in again, adding 2 tablespoons of coriander, finely chopped snowpeas and some almonds or cashew nuts.

Thanks Careina!

Catholic Bucket List #2: Try a Tridentine Mass

Continuing my Catholic Bucket List series from the other day, this week’s suggestion is:

Bucket List Item #2: Attend a Tridentine Mass

A little background

So what’s a “Tridentine Mass”?

Well, when Joe Catholic attends a Mass today, he typically attends a “Novus Ordo” (“New Order”) Mass. This formulation of the liturgy was brought about in the Seventies through Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council.

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