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Saint Gerard Majella – 3

The third instalment in our series. St Gerard Majella is the patron of Majellan Media. We derive our name from him.  For each one of us his life is a sharp reminder that we all possess great talents and nobody is useless.

He was once labelled as ‘useless’ and was always in poor health. However, St Gerard had two great talents: He had tremendous love for God which he expressed in long hours of prayer and he had an enormously generous heart.

In his six short years as a Redemptorist Brother these gifts flourished amazingly to bring miracles of peace and healing to many.  We encourage you to read his life story in this 4 part series.

Cooking lamb shanks is easy!

Being a tough cut of meat that needs slow cooking to make it fall-off-the-bone tender, lamb shanks are actually very forgiving so it’s a real easy cut to cook with.

You literally cannot overcook lamb shanks. Cook for an hour too long and the meat is still succulent and juicy. The worst that will happen is that the meat falls off the bone when you go to serve.

Saint Gerard Majella – 2

The Second instalment in our series. St Gerard Majella is the patron of Majellan Media. We derive our name from him.  For each one of us his life is a sharp reminder that we all possess great talents and nobody is useless. 

He was once labelled as ‘useless’ and was always in poor health. However, St Gerard had two great talents: He had tremendous love for God which he expressed in long hours of prayer and he had an enormously generous heart.

In his six short years as a Redemptorist Brother these gifts flourished amazingly to bring miracles of peace and healing to many.  We encourage you to read his life story in this 4 part series.

Saint Gerard Majella

St Gerard Majella is the patron of Majellan Media. We derive our name from him.  For each one of us his life is a sharp reminder that we all possess great talents and nobody is useless. 

He was once labelled as ‘useless’ and was always in poor health. However, St Gerard had two great talents: He had tremendous love for God which he expressed in long hours of prayer and he had an enormously generous heart.

In his six short years as a Redemptorist Brother these gifts flourished amazingly to bring miracles of peace and healing to many.  We encourage you to read his life story in this 4 part series.

Pope Francis to star in new movie – The Letter

We have very exciting news. On 4 October, YouTube Originals will release the grand documentary film, The Letter, telling the story of the Laudato Si’ encyclical letter and the unfolding ecological emergency. It’s the fruit of a few years of work of Laudato Si’ Movement in partnership with ‘Off the Fence’ (Oscar-winning producers of My Octopus Teacher) and the Vatican.

Pot-roasted chicken with strawberries

A simple meal of a whole chicken well-seasoned and roasted to golden, juicy perfection is truly hard to beat. The flavour is rich and earthy, and wonderfully succulent!

The aroma of this dish as it roasts away in the oven is utterly divine and typically your family will want very little alongside of it apart from some rustic roasted vegetables or salad, and crusty bread.

So for a cosy and comforting roasted chicken dinner, take inspiration from traditional beef pot roast and prepared this chicken pot roast with a whole tender roasted chicken, in a pot with lots of scrumptious juices to dip warm bread into. What a perfectly warming meal!

The chicken pot roast is a classic “peasant-style” dish, one where a few very simple ingredients are cooked together in one vessel, their delectable flavours mingling together until all is cooked to rustic perfection.

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian

The Church commemorates the martyred saints Cornelius (c. 180-253) and Cyprian (210-258) on the same day, as their lives were intertwined during a critical period for Christianity: at the time of the persecutions of Decius, Cyprian and pope Cornelius were in favour of readmitting to communion the lapsi, those who had denied Christ in order to escape persecution.

Make Beef Lasagne like an Italian

Beef lasagna is a well-loved family meal all over the world and my version with a trio of cheeses, béchamel and homemade tomato passata in a word is: SUBLIME. Between each moist layer of fresh egg pasta sheets is a mixture of veal and pork mince, smothered in sweet tomato sauce. There are two key things to make yours as good as mine – you need patience and quality ingredients, no shredded mozzarella or cheap passata here. No need to thank me, just make it, eat it and share it.

Saint John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom was an important Early Church Father who served as archbishop of Constantinople. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, his Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. The epithet, anglicized as Chrysostom means “golden-mouthed” in Greek and denotes his celebrated eloquence. Chrysostom was among the most prolific authors in the early Christian Church. He is honoured as a saint in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, as well as in some others. The Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine Catholics hold him in special regard as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs. Beyond his preaching, the other lasting legacy of John is his influence on Christian liturgy. Two of his writings are particularly notable. He harmonized the liturgical life of the church by revising the prayers and rubrics of the Divine Liturgy, or celebration of the Holy Eucharist. To this day, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine Rite typically celebrate the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom as the normal Eucharistic liturgy, although his exact connection with it remains a matter of debate among experts.