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I was wandering around the internet the other day looking for a Grace before meals for a wedding I was attending and I came across Fr. Leo Patalinghug’s website called- you guessed it- Grace Before Meals.

Check out Fr. Leo in the video  below and I recommend you take a moment to visit his site.The food looks delicious!! In Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, Father Leo Patalinghug (who defeated Bobby Flay on Throwdown!) helps you make family meals a way of life.

One of the things I have witnessed from working in the Friends of Dismas ministry to ex-prisoners is that sharing a meal with another person(s) can be a holy time.  It seems we are losing this as part of our family culture and Fr. Leo has found a way to remind us how important it is to join hands and say Grace before meals. The following is a description of Fr. Leo’s work:

Grace Before Meals is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Founded by Fr. Leo Patalinghug in 2003, Grace Before Meals has grown from a simple idea to a worldwide movement, producing a book, blog and even a pilot for a TV show endorsed by PBS.

Research shows that having frequent family dinners can reduce the susceptibility of teens to risks like teen pregnancy, smoking, drug use and depression. And these benefits don’t just apply to traditional families or people with kids. Stronger families foster stronger communities, and that’s the goal we’re striving for–one meal at a time.

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