lenten pantry

lenten pantry

    “it is important to know that the Church considers the psalms to be an essential spiritual food for the Lenten season” Father Alexander Schmemann Great Lent: A School of Repentance Its Meaning for Orthodox Christians “…no soul can exist without God, without His Son, without His Spirit. God is my being, my breath, my light, my strength, my drink, my food. He carries me as a mother carries her infant in her...

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blessings in disguise

blessings in disguise

    “A little fire softens a large piece of wax.  So too, a small indignity often softens, sweetens and wipes suddenly all the fierceness and hardness of our heart.” Saint John...

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to this we are called

to this we are called

  “People forget that the path of Christianity is indeed an ascetical labor.  The Lord said, “He that would come after Me, let him take us his cross, deny himself and follow Me. The Lord said this with great emphasis.” Metropolitan Philaret of...

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rejoice in the Lord always

rejoice in the Lord always

  “Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians...

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mushroom leek soup

mushroom leek soup

During Great Lent we eat almost 40 days of soup.  Mostly, this is because it’s simpler to prepare our foods in this way. This mushroom leek soup is one of my favorites – a hearty mushroom soup, made with just a few ingredients.  This is easy and nourishing and has many variations. Mushroom Leek Soup serves two as a main course, with a nice big salad! Ingredients 10 ounces of your favorite mushrooms (we just get the assorted pack...

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