Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Breaking Bread and Praying the Our Father

Fr. Dominic of Breaking Bread was one of my favorite Catholics before I ever considered entering the Church.
I became a fan about ten or twelve years ago. That's when I began baking bread.
I am not exaggerating when I say I make bread (or baguettes or rolls) almost every day.

And I find that it is a spiritual experience. It was probably the first daily activity that crossed over and became a moment of grace for me.

As Catholics, we know how to translate everything into such moments. Everything can take us to the throne of grace.

Even baking bread.

I mix and knead, and as I move through the two or three hour event of baking bread, I pray the Our Father.

Give us this day. . .

I roll out the dough and put it in a pan.

Our daily bread. . .

I let it cool and share it with family and friends.

And I reaffirm my Catholic faith. "Everything is grace" (as St. Therese said). Even baking bread.

It is time for me to do a second round of kneading. The bread dough is calling.


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