Stop #3: St. Leonard

Stop #3 on our Fish Fry Tour took us to St. Leonard’s Parish, a short drive from the Ohio River and the famous water tower.

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Despite the fact that the fish fry was held on St. Patrick’s Day, the fish fry was quite busy.  The wait in line for food was 30 minutes, wrapping around the “antechamber” so to speak.  Fortunately, a bar was close by to allow for beverages to be consumed during waiting.

A curious sight on the way to the food was the fryer stationed outside.  Fortunately, there was a tent to protect from the elements.

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There were likely other fryers elsewhere, given the number of people in line.  That said, the wait was worth it again.

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As you can see, the dinner had plenty of Irish “craic”:  fish, chips, Guinness, and lots’o’green.  Some mac’n’cheese, a hush puppy, and apple crisp gave the dinner some added Southern flair.  Quite good for $12.

Of course, a St. Patrick’s Day dinner isn’t complete without:….

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Green beer!  Yes, first time I’ve had green beer, but there is a first time for everything!

Not pictured is another staple of Kentucky around this time of year:  March Madness games.  Rhode Island had just beaten Creighton and UNC had defeated Texas Southern during dinner.  

Our next stop:  Guardian Angels!  

Stop #3: St. Leonard

March 22nd Reflection

“What really hurts is not so much suffering as the fear of suffering. If welcomed trustingly and peacefully, suffering makes us grow. It matures and trains us, purifies us, teaches us to love unselfishly, makes us poor in heart, humble, gentle, and compassionate toward our neighbor. Fear of suffering, on the other hand, hardens us in self-protective, defensive attitudes, and often leads us to make irrational choices with disastrous consequences.”

— Fr. Jacques Philippe

“Go to your crucifix: look upon it and see all of (God’s) predictions accomplished, even the least of them. Say to yourself: everything will be fulfilled, and the happiness that has been promised to me will not fail. I will see God, I will love him, I will praise him forever and ever, and all my desires will be fulfilled, all my hopes accomplished. Amen. Amen.”
– Bishop Bossuet

March 22nd Reflection

March 21st Reflection

“If we knew at what time we were to depart from this world, we would be able to select a season for pleasure and another for repentance. But God, who has promised pardon to every repentant sinner, has not promised us tomorrow. Therefore we must always dread the final day, which we can never foresee. This very day is a day of truce, a day for conversion. And yet we refuse to cry over the evil we have done! Not only do we not weep for the sins we have committed, we even add to them…. If we are, in fact, now occupied in good deeds, we should not attribute the strength with which we are doing them to ourselves. We must not count on ourselves, because even if we know what kind of person we are today, we do not know what we will be tomorrow. Nobody must rejoice in the security of their own good deeds. As long as we are still experiencing the uncertainties of this life, we do not know what end may follow….we must not trust in our own virtues.” 
– Saint Gregory the Great
March 21st Reflection

March 20th Reflection

“I realize as never before that the Lord is gentle and merciful; He did not send me this heavy cross until I could bear it. If He had sent it before, I am certain that it would have discouraged me . . . I desire nothing at all now except to love until I die of love. I am free, I am not afraid of anything, not even of what I used to dread most of all . . . a long illness which would make me a burden to the community. I am perfectly content to go on suffering in body and soul for years, if that would please God. I am not in the least afraid of living for a long time; I am ready to go on fighting.”

— St. Therese of Lisieux

 
“We have close to us as much as Joseph had at Nazareth; we have our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, but our poor eyes fail to see Him. Let us once become interior souls and we shall immediately see. In no better way can we enter into the Heart of our Lord than through Saint Joseph. Jesus and Mary are eager to pay the debts which they owe him for his devoted care of them, and their greatest pleasure is to fulfill his least desire. Let him, then, lead you by hand into the interior sanctuary of Jesus Eucharistic.”
— St. Peter Julian Eymard

“What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith. Joseph of Nazareth is a “just man” because he totally “lives by faith.” He is holy because his faith is truly heroic. Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth. And yet, even without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness. Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God. We see how the word of the Living God penetrates deeply into the soul of that man, that just man. And we, do we know how to listen to the word of God? Do we know how to absorb it into the depths of our human personalities? Do we open our conscience in the presence of this word?”
– Pope St. John Paul II

March 20th Reflection

March 19th Reflection

“To the extent that we abandon our personality to Him, He will take possession of our will and work in us. We are no longer ruled by commands coming from the outside, as from a cruel master, but by almost imperceptible suggestions that rise up from within. We feel as if we had wanted all along to do those things He suggests to us; we are never conscious of being under command. Thus our service to Him becomes the highest form of liberty, for it is always easy to do something for the one we love.”

— Fulton J. Sheen

March 19th Reflection