You know your family is Italian when your grandparents come to see you in your play, and instead of giving you flowers, your grandmother surprises you with hard provolone and pepperoni from her local deli.
True story. Check the fridge if you don't believe me.
Prayer #57: Pray With Your Food
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive ...
But not before thanking you for the soil, air, and water that nurtures our ingredients.
For full supermarket aisles and the money to grocery shop.
For cooking utensils and pans with lids.
For culinary imaginations, experiments, and inventions.
For kitchen tables, the altar for everyday rituals.
For fast food, slow-cookers, bite-size snacks, and day-long feasts.
And for the fuel that powers our daily journeys.
May we see the metaphysical in the metabolic, and remember this is all ... from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.