Give your talents and share a delicious dinner by doubling this simple and delicious meatless melted leek quiche.
by Theresa Wilson
My spunky and independent daughter loves to choose outfits and dress herself nearly every morning. Most times she bops down the stairs wearing something I would have put together myself, sometimes well, not so much. Still other times she manages to squeeze into clothes that she hasn’t worn for months. When I more than hint to her that she’s outgrown the ensemble, it always brings a smile to my face when she responds without pause, “Well then we’ll have to give this away to someone who needs it.” This child has a wonderful way of reminding me to be selfless and to give to others.
Almsgiving is one of the pillars of Lent, along with fasting and prayer. When we give alms, we give money, our time and our talents. We sacrifice our comfort for the sake of others. I would like to foster that spirit of giving my daughter already seems to have, and as wonderful as it is to donate her clothing and toys, she can also use her talents to give to others. My sidekick in the kitchen will be assisting me in making a double recipe of melted leek quiche; one for our family and one for a friend who recently had a baby.
As we shred and sprinkle, my daughter and I use the time together to talk. We can discuss St. Frances of Rome, who is a model of selfless almsgiving to others. The Church celebrates her feast day March 9.
Born a Roman aristocrat, she became known for her works of charity during times of civil war and epidemics, organizing a women’s society dedicated to good works and self denial.
St. Frances gave away her wealthy household’s stock of reserved food and opened her home as a hospital. She did all this having had lost two of her own children to the plague and without her family’s support.
Heavenly Father, with a few loaves and fish, your Son fed the multitudes with abundance. In the Eucharist, he continues to nourish our souls with the bread of life: his very body and blood. Hear our prayer for those suffering hunger throughout our world.
— from a Week of Prayers for Lenten Devotions
Theresa Wilson is an alumnus of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. After pursuing her passion for all things food, she quickly rose the ranks in fine dining cuisine as a professional chef, and as a chef instructor and assistant director at a culinary institute. She is now a busy stay-at-home mom and short order cook to her amazing, energetic young daughter and son.