Saturday, August 1, 2015

August 1: Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


Saint Alphonsus grew up in a devout family. He became a lawyer, but after visiting a hospital for people who could not be cured, he received a vision from heaven and was told to dedicate his life to God. His family wasn’t very happy about it, but Alphonsus became a priest.  He taught many people about Jesus and started a religious community called the Redemptorists. Then he started to get sick. His body became so deformed and bent forward, he couldn’t eat and had to drink his meals through a straw. He became very sad, but he stayed close to Jesus and served people with love.


Can you imagine what it would be like for your body to become so deformed, you couldn’t even eat a regular meal? Give it a try today. Here are a couple of recipes(adapted from of healthy meals that you can drink through a straw.

Peanut Butter Banana Shake
In a blender, combine:
1/2 of a frozen banana
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of rolled, raw oats
1 tbsp. of peanut butter
Blend until smooth and serve.

Tropical Shake
In a blender combine:
1/2 cup pineapple or orange juice
1 frozen banana
1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt OR soy substitute for those with dairy allergies
1/2 cup of strawberries (or other berries)
Blend until smooth and serve

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, pray for us!

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