Posted July 9th, 2014 | From the Feedbag, Recipe, Recipe- Dessert

Cookies fit for a Pope

This week, I wanted to share a recipe and an article sent to me by some GBM fans (or as I refer to them, ‘fams’ since it just seems fitting that you are part of the family). I always appreciate hearing from each of you, as the movement is truly for all to partake in. So if you have a delicious family recipe you want published, advice for family life, a great experience at a restaurant or an adventure you want to share, send them to me at

The recipe I’d like to share is from Gloria Piantek, who had these cookies madde and presented to now Saint Pope John Paul II. Click on the following link for the recipe or watch the video she made by clicking the image below.

Click to watch Gloria’s video to show you step by step how to make the cookies.

I also wanted to share an excerpt from an article written back in 2002 by Sean Wright called “Intimate Dining with Family – And Jesus”. It was published by the Archdiocesan paper The Tidings in Los Angeles. He shares about his ‘Roman feasts’ with his son DeForeest and just how beneficial that time was for them, both in learning and in appreciating time with one another.

Intimate Dining with Your Family – and with Jesus

By Sean M. Wright

…My former wife, Kelly, had come up with having Roman feasts when DeForeest was yet a toddler.  He was so taken with ancient Rome after watching episodes of I, Claudius, that Kelly made this kind of meal as a fun and educational follow-up.  It worked.  DeForeest was reading the histories of Tacitus and Suetonius by the age of eight.  Our son now knows more about the first five Roman emperors than most Americans know about the first five US presidents.


DeForeest placed four pillows on either side of the bed, with the board in between, to suggest a triclinium, the couch on which Romans reclined for their meals.  Leaning on our left arms facing each other, we said grace, talked about his schoolwork, my writing, the latest news, and – well – the stuff that gives a shared meal a happy intimacy.   


Reclining at table is civilized, inducing diners to savor, not gobble, their food.  Reclining at table is a touchstone with our forebears, it being the usual way in which Romans, Jews, Greeks, North Africans and just about everybody of consequence ate meals 2000 years ago.  Reclining at table is relaxing.  Servants stood to eat at a high-standing table in the pantry so as to be ready at their masters’ beck and call.  Reclining at table is therefore a distinguishing mark of freedom. For this reason alone people all along the Mediterranean borrowed the custom from the otherwise detested Roman conquerors.


Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

DaVinci’s famed fresco to the contrary, Jesus and his apostles celebrated their last Passover Seder while reclining, so close that St John describes himself as leaning against Jesus.  There, Jesus explained Scripture to His apostles, sang and prayed with them.  It was in this manner that Jesus first gave Himself to His friends [the editor added the word “before” here] imparting Himself in bread and wine become His true body and blood.

For their followers in the Faith, the apostles continued the intimacy they had known at table with Jesus through their proclamation of whatever Scriptures they had at hand. They eventually offered a prayer of thanksgiving in remembrance of what had occurred at that last supper with Jesus.  In the breaking of the bread and in the sharing of the cup, the same Lamb of God came into their midst – body, blood, soul and divinity… 

We thank Gloria and Sean for sharing with us food and faith, and we hope to hear from more of you as we try and bring more families back to the dinner table. God bless!



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