• Print Pressure Cooker Brussel Sprouts So yesterday I was craving some Brussel Sprouts and I wanted them fast. Cooking in a pressure cooker will ensure that they get done in record time. However take my advice, do not pressure cook for 2 minutes, they get a bit mushy. They taste better not so mushy and since we are going to saute them for a few minutes after pressuring cooking, they do not have to be completely mushy.  Servings 4 Author Frances Lejeune Ingredients 1 bag Brussel Sprouts 1/2 cp Water 1 tbsp Butter (real butter trust me) Salt and pepper to taste.* Instructions Toss the bag of Brussel Sprouts in…

  • Love is in the Little Things we do!

    Brett and I have been married for almost 10 months, so I am sure that us giving out marriage advice would be frowned upon. However, there are little things that we do that makes the other happy, and the ways that we show love to the other that we would like to share. I like to write little love notes for Brett and slip them into his lunch box. Back when we were dating, we would grab some chalk and write little messages to the other on the walls and doors. I liked to hide mine so that when he was cooking he would find them. No we did not…

  • Ask for Help, and do what makes you feel better.

    Most of my family and friends know that of January that Brett and I were expecting to receive into this world our first child in late August or early September. Unfortunately, our son Alexander went to heaven on March 27, 2018. We were blessed with many people around us that understood, and did not expect us to “get over it”. There was one that thinks that I should have already moved on and does not understand how the death of this little one can make my anxiety and depression worse. News Flash it does. I mostly avoid that person, however, he is the priest of my parish. I have many…

  • Honoring Mary

    Many Protestant Groups say that Catholics will go to hell for having a devotion to Mary. That by having a devotion to the Mother of God is the same as worshipping her, and putting her on a level of a Goddess. However, that is not the case. For one, devotion or prayer is not to be confused with worship, and second, there are many reasons why those who call themselves Christian should have a devotion to our Blessed Mother. Many non-Catholics confuse Prayer with Worship, and that is not always so. According to Father John A. Hardon, prayer is a “conversation with the invisible world of God, the angels, and…

  • FORTITUDE: TO BE A HERO OR TO ENDURE

    In the world today, there is so much injustice, and evil that one needs to have Fortitude in order to withstand it. First, one needs to learn what Fortitude really is, how to develop it and enact it in one’s life, and how it interacts with the other three Cardinal Virtues. All before one decides to jump into something that they do not know about and make a blunder of a lifetime, or worse loss one’s life over something that was better endured than fought. Fortitude is a virtue that ensures firmness and endurance in times of difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good. Fortitude is often misconstrued as…

  • When the Stars Grow Dim

    When the stars grow dim, And the lights fade, So does all hope fade. When the stars grow dim, All quiver with fear, Even those against you tremble. When the stars grow dim, You know then evil has come, It will not let you off, Not lightly, Even if you fight or surrender. When the stars grow dim, Fight your hardest, Listen not to the fear in your hearts, Yet do so that you can defeat the darkness. So when the stars grow ever so brightly more, Let those who die be mourned and never forgotten, And let those who survived come fort, And always be hailed the hero against the great…

  • Arianism and the Trinitarian Doctrine

    Arius is known for the heresy called Arianism. He taught a belief that was contradictory to the Church teachings and beliefs, which ultimately led to Emperor Constantine calling the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicaea, and a creed being formed to put an end to the controversy.   Arius was born in 250. Arias had different views than the Church on the divinity of Christ, which brought him into discord with the Church. The first time he came in discord with the Church was in 311 when he supported Meletius. Meletius did not agree with allowing those who denied the faith under the fear of Roman torture back into the Church and Arius agreed with him.1 After many disputes with Arius…

  • POW

    I have endured humiliation At the hands of my captors, They spit on me, Curse me, And jeered at me Because i am their prisoner. I have endured pain, Pain at the hands of my captors, Torturing me for information, Or just to test my duration, So that it may be used on the battle field, Or they torture me, Just because they can. I endure this all, Because I believe in the cause, And I will do my best, To never indulge any information, That might hurt that cause.   Written in honor of the POWs Frances LejeuneFrances Lejeune is a student at Catholic Distance University and is a Theology Major.…

  • Freedom

    Men fight for it, People die for it. Those who fight and die for it win, And those who fight against it lose. It is something once gained, Taken for granted. It is something once gained, One won’t lose. All want it, All will die for it, All will live for it, All won’t wait for it to come, All will rather fight for it, And all won’t lose it. Freedom all will fight for And die for it until the end of time. Frances LejeuneFrances Lejeune is a student at Catholic Distance University and is a Theology Major. She is expected to receive her Associates June of 2019. She…

  • As Days Go By

    As the days go by, I feel the sense of loneliness, Like the one I love has been taken away. As the days go by I feel the heat of the sun, But there is no warmth from it, The one I love has been taken away, And the winds laugh at me. As the days go by Winter has come, With snow and I feel at last happy, For I and cold inside and out, For the one I love has been taken away. As the days go by Summer comes with the heat I the sun, And I feel the warmth at last, For the one I love…