What does food have to do with faith?
One of the primary needs of our everyday life is food. We can’t survive long without it.
But is that all it is—a mere need that must be filled?
The Church doesn’t think so. She thinks that the meals we share with one another are holy and grace-filled—and that they have the power to sanctify our souls, to keep our families together, and even to save society.
Parish priest and professional chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug has dedicated his life to feeding his flock in both soul and body. And he’s here to show you how the way you eat can change your entire life.
The Spiritual Power of Meals
In our modern world, people just don’t eat together anymore. Families are often broken or separated, busy schedules get in the way, single people and the elderly are often left to eat alone. A good dinner with others is rarely a priority. Is this just the way things are, something we have to get used to? It doesn’t matter that much…right?
Wrong. Food is not only of critical importance to our bodies; it’s critical for our souls as well. Our Faith is infused with the imagery and reality of food. The devil tempted our first parents through fruit; we read about miracles and events pertaining to food throughout Scripture; the Church’s calendar is adorned with the feasts of Our Lord, Our Lady, and the saints; and the source and summit of our entire Catholic life is the Holy Eucharist, where Christ comes to us as both physical and spiritual food.
So how do we return food to its rightful place in our faith and families? How do we reap the plentiful spiritual fruits available to us in our physical meals?
Fr. Leo Patalinghug has some ideas. As a Cordon-Bleu-trained chef, parish priest, and founder of the international food and faith movement Plating Grace, he’s on a mission to save souls, marriages, and families—by bringing everyone back to the dinner table!
In this 25-day series, you’ll learn:
- How regular family meals keep kids on the right track
- Why Fr. Leo is against “anniversaries”
- Why dating your spouse is so important to a happy marriage
- What to do if you regularly eat alone
- Why the Church’s liturgical calendar of feasts brings joy to our lives
- Who the saints really are, and why we should dine with them
- How to cook 5 delicious, simple recipes for your family and friends
Step into the kitchen with Fr. Leo and discover how the meals you eat can transform you and your family—body and soul!
How Does This Series Work?
Starting on November 14th, you’ll receive a daily email directing you to each day’s lesson, which will consist of both a video from Fr. Leo and written content from Good Catholic. Five lessons, interspersed throughout the series, will be cooking videos in which Fr. Leo will take you through a complete recipe, start to finish (the written recipe will be included as well).
Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He is the creator and founder of an international food and faith movement called Plating Grace, and founder and chair of the nonprofit group The Table Foundation. He is a best-selling author, acclaimed international speaker, and host for radio, podcast, and a weekly international food and faith show on EWTN, Savoring our Faith. His unique background as a chef and his previous experience as a two-time black belt martial arts instructor and former award-winning break dancer and choreographer has earned the attention of major media outlets, including the Food Network, where he won Throwdown with Bobby Flay! The mission to see food as a gift from God to nourish your family and to strengthen relationships is making this world a better place one meal at a time.
Danielle Bean is a wife, mom, author, and podcaster who speaks to the hearts of Catholic women from all walks of life. She is creator and host The Gist, a weekly women’s talk show on CatholicTV and best-selling author of many books including Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday and You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth. Danielle has a special heart for Catholic families and encourages moms and dads to find humor and joy in life’s daily challenges. It is in her primary vocation to marriage and motherhood that Danielle finds the inspiration for all her work.
Whitney Hetzel and her husband, James, have been married for thirty-three years. They have nine children ranging in age from twelve to thirty-two. Whitney, who has been homeschooling for twenty-seven years, is an exercise enthusiast who enjoys blogging about health and fitness over at 9 Kid Fitness. But her real passion is discussing faith, family, and the challenges of putting one foot in front of the other on a daily basis, all of which she writes about at Catholic Company Magazine and the Good Catholic blog. Whitney has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Indiana University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Saint Louis University.
Rachel Shrader is a British-American writer, artist, and musician living in the Carolinas. She is the managing editor of Good Catholic and its sister brand, Get Fed. A devotee of the traditional Latin Mass and the ancient liturgical traditions of the Church, Rachel spent three years working for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, where she was the founding editor of the FSSP news site The Missive. She particularly enjoys writing on military topics and the concepts of courage, self-sacrifice, fortitude, and what it means to love as God loves. She is an avid runner, nature-lover, and student of wilderness medicine and survivalism.