February 24, 2010

Journey Through Lent with Foodie Fiction and More

If you listened to episode 62 (Who Be Rouxbe?), then you heard about our Lenten plans here at the Catholic Foodie. We are going to go through a series of reflections using two movies:Babette’s Feast and Shawshank Redemption. We are using the book The Power of Small Choices by Hilary Brand as a basis for reflection. By the way, if you want to get a copy of this book, the Daughters of St. Paul are currently selling it for $2.00! You can get it by clicking here.

In each episode of the Catholic Foodie during Lent, Char and I will discuss the questions raised in each chapter of the book. We invite you to join us! You do not have to purchase the book in order to participate. It is enough to watch both Babette’s Feast andShawshank Redemption, and to check catholicfoodie.com (or the Catholic Foodie Facebook page) for the discussion questions. Please check the site during the week, that way you can reflect and then comment on the questions before the show each Sunday. You can comment on the posts here at catholicfoodie.com, on the Facebook page, or by calling 985-635-4974. We plan on reading your comments (and playing your voice feedback) on the show.

This coming Sunday, February 28, we will discuss the questions from Chapter 1, which you will find below.

Here are a few “ground rules” to get us started:

  1. Please watch both movies before you start.
  2. Please do comment! And remember to respect the thoughts and insights of others.
  3. Comment as much as possible from your own lived experience rather than from a theoretical standpoint.
  4. Try to dialogue with others you are commenting. Don’t just throw in your two cents without reflecting on what others have said.
  5. Be honest, but prudent.

First Week of Lent Reflections

Watch: If possible re-watch a 3.5 minute segment from Babette’s Feast. It’s in Chapter 14, from the point where the sherry is poured, just after the General sits at the table… to just after the quote, “… must be some kind of lemonade.”

Reflect: This clip shows up two different views of food. Is one more Christian than the other? Why?

Read: Luke 12:16-31 & Matt. 7:7-11

Reflect: Do these gospel readings shed any light on the clip you just saw? In what way? How do you experience these readings in your own life? What small decisions in your life impact how you experience these gospel readings?

After reflecting, make a comment on this post (below) or call the listener feedback line at 985-635-4974. You can also email me at catholicfoodie@gmail.com.

“The heavens declare the glory of God…” – Psalm 19

“The world is charged with the grandeur of God…” – Gerard Manley Hopkins