Posted July 31st, 2008 | Recipes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 hot dog buns, lightly sprayed with cooking spray
  • 8 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 bananas
  • Strawberry syrup or 4 tablespoons strawberry jam mixed with 2 teaspoons water


Spray inside of each hot dog bun with cooking spray and place it open on grill pan. Once rolls are toasted, spread approximately 2 tablespoons of peanut butter inside each. Place peeled banana on roll as you would a hot dog. For fun, top hot dogs with strawberry “ketchup.” This great snack can be served with grapes.

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Posted July 30th, 2008 | Recipes

Kanga-barbie kebabs! (Serves 2-4)


  • 2 pounds kangaroo meat, properly aged and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup mango juice (or one can orange juice concentrate)
  • ½ cup coconut milk


Combine oil, wine, juice, and coconut milk in a bowl.  Season meat with salt and pepper and allow to soak in marinade for about 4-5 hours.  When ready to cook, prepare grill pan over high heat.  Skewer meat with onions, and cook over grill pan 4-5 minutes on each side.  Since meat is very lean, keep it medium to rare in temperature.  Let rest and serve with salad.

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Posted July 29th, 2008 | Grace Before Meals

I just received this little prayer reminder in an email. And so instead of sending it to my contacts, I thought to just pass it on to you.  For those who asked me about Japan, please know the next few weeks will offers some thoughts / insights about my trip there, as well as some pictures and food ideas!  So, stay tuned and in the meantime, I hope this 5 finger prayer can help inspire more prayer for us all!Peace!Fr. Leo  F I V E   F I N G E R   P R A Y E R1. Our thumb is nearest to us.  So begin your prayers by praying for thoseclosest to us. They are the easiest to  remember.  To pray for our lovedones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty”.2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray  for those who teach,instruct and heal. This includes teachers,  doctors, and ministers. Theyneed support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.  We mightalso pray for those we point fingers at, especially those who sometimes hurtus.  They need our prayers very much, too.3. The next finger is the tallest finger.  It reminds  us of our leaders.Pray for the President, leaders in business and industry, andadministrators, our pastors, our Pope. These people shape our world andguide public opinion. They need God’s guidance very much.4.  The fourth finger is our ring finger.  Surprising to many is the factthat this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher  will testify.  Itshould remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.They need our prayers day and night. We cannot pray  too much for them.5.  And last of all comes our little finger; the smallest finger of all,which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and to others.The pinky should remind us to pray for ourselves.  By the time we haveprayed for the other four groups, our own needs will be put into properperspective and we will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.  Andsometimes, we don’t even have to pray for ourselves.  While we’re busypraying for others, God is already at work, taking care of our own needs!(“And the Lord blessed Job when he prayed for his friends.” Job 42:10)Keep me in your prayers and know you’re remembered in mine as well.   MayGod continue to draw near to you and those you love and keep you safe!

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Posted July 24th, 2008 | Greetings

Hey everyone!  I’m in Japan right now doing some parish presentations as well as a little seminar on leadership for some Japanese and Chinese College Students.  It’s been great seeing a different culture, and sharing the Grace Before Meals mission with some Japanese and American Families living abroad.  Also, I’m having a chance to sample some cuisine!  If I can afford it, I want to buy a really sharp Sushi Knife to practice my sushi skills – which, at this point, is nill!  But, practice makes perfect!After World Youth Day, I finally had a chance to catch up with some email.  I received on efrom a Dr. Paul C.  He’s a great blogger and Catholic New Media guy who I met at the Catholic New Media Celebration last June in Atlanta.  Well, he just sent me this neat little video about Saints.  After you see it, I wonder if  this will ever be used for the Litany of Saints?  Enjoy! And may all of the saint PRAY FOR US! Just in case the link doesn’t show up, here’s the direct address:

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Posted July 22nd, 2008 | Recipes
  • ¼ pound NY Cut Steak
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper  
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Season meat with oregano and olive oil.  Put steaks on grill for 4 minutes on each side.  If you want the grill marks that I made, put steaks on a 45 degree angle in one direction for 2 minutes.  Reposition the steaks at a 45 degree angle in the opposite direction for another 2 minutes.  Flip steaks and repeat the process for medium rare temperature.  Season steaks at the end of the cooking process with salt and pepper, which is different from my normal style of seasoning before grilling.  I kept the side dishes very simple and healthy by using lightly dressed romaine lettuce, some pickled beets, and marinated mushrooms with a mayonnaise herbal dressing.  Cheers!



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Posted July 21st, 2008 | Events

It’s been an incredible experience – from the Pope’s arrival to the closing Mass. I’ve been honored to lead catechetical talks in the morning. On the last morning, we were told the Pope would pass by in a motorcade. So, we obviously had to change our schedules around and wait for the Pope to pass by.

While waiting, Dan DiSilva, of the band Crispin, and Gizel, who accompanied us on some of our venues, had a chance to snap a great view of the Opera House.

And, suddenly with a blink of the eye and a scream of “Viva il Papa” the Pope’s car passes by – somewhat incognito. We thought he would be in a Pope Mobile. But instead, he was in a pretty cool white car, brand name Holden – which happens to be my sister’s married name.

During these pilgrimage days, groups of people were scattered throughout the city to watch the Stations of the Cross and the Re-enactment of the Passion of Christ. It was rather powerful stuff! My group, with a bunch of Baltimore people watched from Barangaroo Harbor. It was a beautiful site to behold. The performers did a great job. I was also very proud to see the Maryland Flag of our group from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Most of my times in the evenings were spent at doing some mini-presentations on the spiritual life and vocations. Boy, was that a cool experience. Dan DiSilva did a great job in leading / introducing musical acts and speakers. I also had the chance to meet many people who are part of the GBM Family and others who were at previous conferences that I’ve given. At the same time, I met a whole bunch of new friends along the way!

I even managed to get a pretty good bite to eat during one of the breaks. One of my favorite meals was a baked canalloni!

On Saturday, right before the pilgrims began the 6 kilometer walk to Randwick Course – the site of the Final Papal Mass, the US Bishops had a Mass for all US pilgrims. It was great to listen to the concert before, meet up with priest friends, and also get a chance to visit with Archbishop O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore.

I’m getting ready to transfer out of my hotel and move to the airport – once again – to board a flight to Japan. SO, I’ll be sure to send something out pretty soon regarding the closing Mass AND – are your ready for this – MY KANGAROO DINNER!

So, stay tuned!

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