20 September 2017

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the many ways You have guided the development of the foods we eat.

on Medieval Benedictine Monks and Chicken Dishes Today

"For the past six thousand years, humans and chicken have shared an intricate common existence. Today's chickens provide us with plentiful meat and eggs and are the most common form of poultry consumed across the world.

"Our current cultivated chickens descended from an ancestral species of Asian jungle fowl, bred to be very passive with little fear of humans and an ability to lay many eggs quickly. However, chickens were not always the easy-going birds they are today. If you can't get enough of chicken or eggs, you should probably thank medieval Catholic monks."

A recent uCatholic post offered an insight in the practices of Benedictine Monks during Medieval times and our chicken/egg dishes today.

To access the complete post, please visit:

uCatholic: Enjoy Chicken? Thank Medieval Catholic Monks. (20 SEP 17)

Reflection Starter from St. Thomas Aquinas

"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." - attributed to Saint Thomas Aquinas

19 September 2017

Band of Spencers: "God of Grace and (God of) Glory"

As we continue to live this week, I offer this version of Band of Spencers presenting "God of Grace and (God of) Glory":

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the foretaste of Heaven You offer us, whether we are aware of it or not, as we celebrate Holy Mass.

David Mills on Mass as "Heaven on Earth"

"A couple of rows in front me at Mass, sitting at the outside end of the row, was a man caring for another, severely disabled, man. The second made abrupt loud noises and sometimes jerked his legs or arms. The row in front of them and to their right ended at the pillar, leaving an empty space between the pillar and the aisle. There they weren't pinned into the pew, though they were denied a view of the altar.

"At the Eucharistic Prayer, the first man held the second man as they together stood up and shuffled a few steps up to the kneeler. As they knelt, he wrapped his right arm around his friend's back. His left arm must have gone around the man's chest and locked arms with the other one, probably with his left hand holding the top of the pew. . . .

"I missed most of the prayer because I was just looking at the two men, and our Savior, and His Mother. At the altar beyond the end of the aisle was the picture of a royal, eternal triumph, symbolizing the world from which God has wiped away the tears from every eye, where there is no more death, or mourning, or pain, or sorrow. Those things will have passed away."

In a recent commentary, writer David Mills reflected on how, at this Mass, he witnessed "Heaven enacted, in that man who held his friend so tightly as they worshiped their Lord."

To access Mr. Mill's complete post, please visit:

Aleteia: David Mills: The day the Mass truly became "Heaven on Earth" for me (17 SEP 17)

Reflection Starter from Thomas Merton

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope." - Thomas Merton, OCSO

18 September 2017

SEISConn and the Seismic History of Connecticut.

"Fifteen seismographs placed in forests, farms and backyards across northern Connecticut picked up the vibrations of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea on Jan. 22.

"That information arrived from 200 kilometers - 124 miles - under the Earth's surface, deep within the planet's upper mantle, below its crust. It will help geologists at Yale University and elsewhere better understand what lies underneath Connecticut. It will also help explain why the supercontinent Pangea split about 200 million years ago, forming the Atlantic Ocean and creating the continents of North American, South America and Africa.

"The data might also help explain why 'the Atlantic basin is opening and getting bigger and the Pacific Ocean basin is getting smaller' and why the continents rimming the Pacific are likely to bash into each other and form a new supercontinent hundreds of millions of years from now, according to Maureen Long, a Yale professor of geology and geophysics who is overseeing the Seismic Experiment for Imaging Structure beneath Connecticut, or SEISConn."

A recent Middletown Press article profiled various aspects of the work of SEISConn.

To access the complete Middletown Press report, please visit:

Middletown Press:  Scientists using series of seismographs to study what's under Connecticut (10 SEP 17)