Lenten breakfast – Missal Pav
Today was my version of Missal Pav. The ingredients are displayed in the picture with the exception of salt. It contains white chana 75 gms, curry leaves two sprigs, two green chilies, one large onion, one large tomato, one tea spoon of garlic and ginger paste,  one tea spoon red chilly powder, half tea spoon, one tea spoon turmeric powder, one tea spoon coriander powder, one tea spoon cumin powder, salt, a small ball of tamarind, fresh coriander and mint to be added last with the farsan.

Here are a few tips

1. I add some salt when I I add the dry powder masalas to the pan. This helps drop the temperature and prevents the powdered spices from burning
2. Two whistles in a pressure cooker and another ten minutes on slow fire does the trick.
3. When cooked, mash some of the cooked white chana with the back of a spoon. This helps you get a nice thick gravy.
4. Don’t forget to soak the white chana overnight in water.
5. A few sprigs of fresh mint along with fresh coriander gives it that final kick.
6. Soak your tamarind and then extract the pulp. Do not add all the tamarind pulp/juice but add a little at a time, taste and then add more.
7. Any farsan is good to top up. I prefer the mixed farsan.

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Etiquette for the participation of online celebration of the Eucharist

The corona virus has confined us to our homes and for the first time in living memory most of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Bombay will be fulfilling their Sunday obligation via an online medium. In this context I would like to offer a few suggestions that could serve as etiquette for the participation of such services.

REMOTE PREPARATION

  1. DECIDE WHAT TIME YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH AN ONLINE MASS AS A FAMILY – This you need to do in advance. I suggest that you stick to the time you usually go to Mass as a family. If for any reason you have not been able to go to mass as a family, this will be a great opportunity to begin again; now that you are confined to four walls. You could also join together as a family to watch a previously recorded Eucharistic celebration.
  2. TIDY UP THE SPACE YOU PLAN TO USE. – This is not a football match, it’s a Eucharistic service and even for the world cup finals we create an ambiance in the house appropriate to such an event. Tidy the place and set up a small table upon which a white cloth could be draped. You could then place a crucifix, the family Bible and two candles on this table.
  3. PREPARE YOUR SELF SPIRITUALLY – Go through the readings of the day which you will find on any website or on the many Church calendars that are gifted by parishes to each family in the month of January.

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THE SILENT KNIGHT: The Dream of Saint Joseph by Philippe de Champaigne (1642 -43)

 The story of Salvation is composed of characters, each sublime and distinct in their words spoken and their significant roles of action. One such fascinating figure is undoubtedly Joseph of Nazareth – a man of great silence who has intrigued and bewildered some of history’s greatest minds and sensitive souls. We know not of a single syllable he ever spoke and yet his actions, eloquent and enigmatic, speak volumes for a library to contain. History often rehearsed the words ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’(John 1:46), leave aside its crude carpenters! And yet, today we celebrate the role of a regular ordinary wood-worker, called by God, to partake in His most extraordinary mission of salvation as testified by the Wood of the Cross.

Philippe de Champaigne, a Flemish-born, prolific French Baroque painter, through his masterpiece, draws us into one of the most impeding narratives of today’s Gospel. St Joseph discovers, to his dismay, that the woman he loved and to whom he was betrothed to marry was pregnant. Encountering a crisis beyond comprehension, the just man was moved to despair. The Mosaic Law permitted him to hand Mary over to be stoned to death but his faithful and delicate feelings decided otherwise. Resolving to save life, Joseph with a broken heart, hoped to divorce Mary in silence.  

Gone is the Italian architecture and the Dutch landscape. The nature of the canvas takes us far from the outwardly or the human point of view, dwelling rather deep on the intimate, more inner nature of man. The canvas consist of a simple room with three pivotal figures – the Blessed Virgin, her husband and the angelic intervention.

As the sun goes down over the horizon, a night of obscurity, anguish and introspection invades Joseph. In order to escape reality, he seeks refuge among his familiar friends scattered around the floor. He earnestly hoped that the wooden mallet, chisel and axe would help him construct a substantial solution against the storm battling his soul. As the silence grew louder it lulled Joseph into a sagely slumber.

Champaigne creatively captures his eventual comfort through the deeply padded and tasselled cushion on which St. Joseph rests his head. The ornate chair stands in contrast to Joseph’s simplicity. He is cloaked in a yellow garment with large folds while his sandals lay untied before him marking his openness and resignation to higher will.

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