Perseverance Monday, Oct 26 2009 

“The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us. Christian discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God’s righteousness and less and less attention to our own; finding the meaning of our lives not by probing our moods and motives and morals but by believing in God’s will and purposes; making a map of the faithfulness of God, not charting the rise and fall of our enthusiasms. It is out of such a reality that we acquire perseverance.”

~ Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

My Favorite Soup Friday, Oct 23 2009 

This soup has become one of my favorites since I first tried it almost a year ago. I make it at least once a month, and I usually double it in order to be sure to have plenty of leftovers. (The recipe here is doubled; the link has the original proportions.) I highly recommend it!

Sausage & Spinach Soup

Sausage & Spinach Soup

Sausage & Spinach Soup

1 1/4 lbs. mild Italian sausage (or turkey sausage)
1 1/2 cups chopped onion, about 1
3-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup water
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans chicken broth (about 28 oz, or use a 32-oz carton)
4 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons chopped basil (or 1-2 tsp. dried)
1 tablespoon chopped oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
Romano cheese, grated

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in water, beans, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thick (you can let it simmer for longer than this if you would like). Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, basil, and oregano. Ladle soup into bowls, and sprinkle each serving with Romano cheese.

Morning Prayer Thursday, Oct 15 2009 

Every morning at school, the elementary students gather before heading off to class. We pray this prayer from St. Ignatius:

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve You as You deserve — to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing I am doing Your will. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

I love beginning the school day with that prayer. I often think that I need it more than the students.