Catholic Food: Morning Offerings

We are well into the long stretch of our liturgical year known as Ordinary Time. We have been counting time in several ways: the weeks of ordinary time, the days until school begins, and recently I even saw a post reminding me there were 22 weekends until Christmas! Enough already! I can’t think of another saved date, another starred block on my calendar, another alert on my phone.

At this time of the year I think we also tend to get caught up in the back to school buzz and find ourselves flailing. I find I could use a steadying force for my body as well as my spirit. I think this time of our year is one of the many “beginnings” our various calendars bring us to. Even without school age children to care for, I am still affected by this time, even if it is just the extra early morning traffic.

My thoughts turn to two “staples” I have sadly cast aside: the Morning Offering and breakfast! The Morning Offering is an old fashioned childhood prayer many of us learned but lost the practice of as we entered the frenzied years of parenthood; it’s soothing phrases often replaced with frantic pleas to locate permission slips, shoes, car keys.

I must confess that since my own children have reached adulthood, breakfast is not the prime meal it once was at my house. More often than not I just make a cup of coffee. In recent years I admit to having all but forsaken the breakfast ritual, and I have paid a price for it: my metabolism, both spiritual and physical, don’t have the same  get up and go as in previous years. So I thought this was a good time to revisit these morning rituals. First I looked at the word itself, “breakfast,” break- fast which is what we are doing; breaking the fast period from supper to the morning meal. That can be food as well as the night prayers we utter as sleep takes over.

For my own sons there were standard dishes in my repertoire: toad in the hole, bacon, and, of course, oatmeal. The boys have grown up and I am no longer making breakfast for them, though we sometimes have “brinner” (breakfast for dinner), which is much more elaborate than anything I was putting on the table 20 years ago.
So as we return to a back to school schedule I am filled with nostalgia and a bit of an appetite for all things breakfast. Try the recipes below and take the time to pray, to make a Morning Offering, before you enjoy them.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your sacred heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all the apostles of prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

Banana Hook Up

Ingredients:
• 2 bananas
• 1-2 tbsp butter
• 1/3 cup maple syrup

Directions:
1) Peel two bananas and slice them.
2) Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. As the butter melts add the sliced bananas and cook for five minutes stirring so they don’t stick.
3) After bananas become soft add 1/3 cup of maple syrup (or your favorite) and heat through.
4) Serve on top of a bowl of steaming oatmeal.

Toad in a Hole

Ingredients:
• 1 slice of bread
• 1 egg
• butter

Directions:
1) Remove a circle from the center of the slice of bread.
2) Melt about 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet.
3) Place bread in skillet and crack an egg in the center of bread slice. After a couple of minutes flip the bread and egg over so both sides can cook.
4) Serve with oatmeal topped with banana hook up.

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