Oct 8, 2016

Marvelous Meat from Oatmeal

Calling all vegetarians and food conscientious people!

    I discovered a marvelous way to make veggie sausage from oatmeal. This is a old WW II recipe when meat was scarce and people needed to find creative ways of making their favorite meat based foods, like sausage! I found that there are a lot of people on You Tube making this stuff with many variations. In this post I will give you the recipe that I used as well as the video for it. I will also link you to the vegan option for this dish. I have not tried the vegan one yet but plan to real soon. Maybe you can comment here and let me know how it goes. I really liked this recipe and it does taste like sausage. It was super easy to make and I think you will like it too!

Marvelous Meat From Oatmeal

Vegetarian Oatmeal Sausage

Awesome Vegan Breakfast Sausage

The recipe that I used was from the second video but it very close to the first one. The only real difference is the whole eggs rather than the powder which I didn't have. I also used the quick oats instead of the rolled oats. Also in the first video she used some additional seasoning which I have mentioned below as optional.

What you will need:

1 Cup uncooked quick oats
1 egg
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon ground fennel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups pork broth (from ramen noodle seasoning pack)

Optional: I also added 1/4 teaspoon of some ground jalapeno seasoning for an extra kick! This is optional of course. Also optional is some onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, celery salt, red pepper flakes and what ever else you like! This is a recipe that you can play around with and flavor to your liking.

Watch the videos for the how to perform this recipe :)

Here is what I made.
Not bad for my first try and it tasted great!

I  hope you enjoy this recipe!
Don't forget to comment, like and share!

From Joanne

Sep 13, 2016

Short but Powerful Prayer

   Pray this powerful prayer daily, or as often as you stumble and your life will begin to change. JESUS; I BELIEVE, HELP MY UNBELIEF! AMEN

I think in this world this is a prayer all too often overlooked. We live in a world of people who think they are always right and know everything, there is little humility anymore. That is why I say this is a powerful prayer because it is a prayer of humility, a prayer of the humble heart!

"And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Matt 9:23-4 ESV)

"Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 ESV)

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)


Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper

Apr 28, 2016


    A Must See Documentary!

   Premiering Friday, April 1st at Angelika Film Center in NYC EXCLUSIVE ONE WEEK ENGAGEMENT In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Directed by Andrew Wakefield and produced by Del Bigtree. CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO presents a DEL BIGTREE PRODUCTION of an AUTISM MEDIA CHANNEL film vaxxedthemovie.com | Facebook.com/vaxxedthemovie | twitter.com/vaxxedthemovie

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe Official Trailer from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

Apr 11, 2016


Making Sense out of Suffering 

  The topic of assisted suicide and euthanasia is topic now and sadly becoming legal in many states. In fact even elective abortion is in the same category. How many times is abortion (the killing of an innocent child) justified by the suffering the child or the mother may endure? This article isn't about those issues mentioned, but about the issue of suffering which underlines them. In every case suffering is the issue and the reason why people justify their support and use of these murder services. Understanding suffering can help us to understand why we should oppose these things. That is the focus of this post. If you would like to read my stuff on life issues please go to my other blog unbornhumanrights.blogspot.com

Why would people vote for these forms of legal murder?

Because they don't understand suffering correctly and they don't know that suffering has value! They see suffering as a bad thing only. To the world suffering is something to avoid instead of embrace.

But suffering when joined to Christ's suffering death has infinite value. Christ embraced suffering! Sure in his humanity he felt anguish over his impending suffering, "saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. ( Luke 22:42-44 ESV) 

Christ received in himself all of the suffering due to sin of the entire human race. "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor 5:21 ESV) 

But instead of allowing fear to overcome him he accepted God's Will for him. He knew that suffering, his suffering infinite value, and it was God's Will that mattered. Likewise our suffering has value precisely because Christ's did and still does. He teaches us that it's not our will that matters, but God's!

Rejoicing in Suffering

I know it's hard to "rejoice in suffering" and in fact that statement goes over the heads of most people. This is a message not easily understood by the world. But, once we realize that suffering equals sanctification and being closer to Christ we can begin to rejoice in it. Who on earth suffered more than Christ and his martyrs and Saints?

As Christians especially suffering Christians we must ask ourselves, "do I love Jesus enough to suffer for him?" That's really the question! Think of it this way not even the Son of God was spared suffering, and the most agonizing suffering to say the least! So what makes us think, or why should we be spared suffering? This is why suffering is a great honor. It is one way we can become like Christ imitating his passion. This is how suffering can be sanctioning to our souls.

"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoiced in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5:1-5 ESV) 

For non-Christians

Sadly for those who aren't Christian suffering is only seen as a horrible thing to be avoided. It's the issue of being of the world rather than God! Many people even reject God altogether because of their lack of the true understanding of suffering in a suffering world. To those people reading this I say that Jesus/Christianity is the only way to truly make sense of suffering.

For Christians

If you identify as a Christian and still support abortion, assisted suicide, or euthanasia, I strongly urge you to rethink your stance! As I said before "do I/we love Jesus enough to suffer for him?" And I will add, "do we love our neighbor enough to suffer with them?" Or, do we just cast them aside, end their life, because we don't want to be bothered with their suffering? If we truly "love our neighbor as ourselves" we can no longer justify murder of any kind!

Until next time God bless! Thanks for reading. I hope you like it, and can make sense of it. :)

Sincerely Joanne Utke

Here are some resources to help you make sense of Suffering. I want to urge all of you to be open to a culture of life instead of surrendering to this culture of death that plagues this world.

This is 1 of 2 parts that will be posted by Catholic Spiritual Direction, look out for part 2 when it's published.
Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues

Why does God allow suffering? St. Paul Explains the Meaning of Suffering

A Catholic Reflection on the Meaning of Suffering

Feb 26, 2016

Catholics Come Home Epic National

We Invite You! Come Home :)

People everywhere are coming home to the Church founded over two thousand years ago by Jesus Himself. Through His Church, Jesus feeds us with His own Body and Blood in the Eucharist and forgives us through the sacrament of confession no matter what we have done! And in spite of all our human frailties and failings, Jesus has promised us that the Holy Spirit will guide His Church and that it will endure until the end of time. There is no alternative, no second best.

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Feb 5, 2016

The Early Church Fathers

   No study of Christianity is complete without reading and getting acquainted with The Early Church Fathers. Read the writings of these inspirational Christians from the first centuries of The Church. Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and much more! 

These Christian Classics are accessible free online at...

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

Early Christian Writings

For great books on the subject Amazon is a good place to get my friend Jimmy Akin's book The Fathers Know Best.

Jan 23, 2016


"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines [temples] made by man," (Acts 17:24) 

The Catholic Church has buildings, but she is not a building. We don't go to Mass because the Church is beautiful. We don't go because we like the people there or the music. We go to Mass because of the Eucharist! The most important thing (and never forget this) is the Eucharist! Let us not forget the Sacraments which exist, and are real, and substantial no matter what building, cave or dirt patch they happen to be in or on. We are blessed to have such beautiful churches, and wonderful people to be around, this is Gods mercy! Is he pleased with such beauty? He is, if it is for God and not for our own vanities to feed some material need we have. Yet no beauty of a building compares to Christ in the Eucharist!!!

"And I give them life everlasting!" 

Sincerely Joanne


Regarding the image we have access to live the bible through the Church's Sacraments and celebrations. In fact our Lord gave us the church.This doesn't mean that Catholics individually always live the Gospels as they should. For Christ did not come to call the righteous but us sinners into repentance. Salvation as we know is a process simply because we as individuals are always falling from Grace. 

Jan 21, 2016

Why Catholicism?

Why would I go to a church that can only offer me Jesus spiritually and attached to an incomplete theology based on private interpretation? When I can have him in His fullness, body, blood, soul and divinity in The Blessed Sacrament of The Eucharist? A theology preserved and formed by The Holy Spirit! 

"For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:16-21 ESV)

What our first Pope said!


Eucharist is Scripture Study guide. 

Jan 20, 2016

The Life of Man - To Know and Love God | Catechism of The Catholic Church

   I have begun again to read the Catechism of The Catholic Church. I think it is an awesomely beautiful companion to the Sacred Scriptures. The Catechism does not replace the Scriptures, nor does it add anything to the Scriptures! The Catechism offers a sound theological interpretation of Sacred Scripture.
Interpretation founded on Christ, protected by the
Holy Spirit, and held by 2,000 years of Christian thought.

"In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God, his saving will, as well as the central place of Jesus Christ, the only–begotten Son of God, sent by the Father, made man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be our Savior. Having died and risen, Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the sacraments; he is the source of our faith, the model of Christian conduct, and the Teacher of our prayer." (APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION FIDEI DEPOSITUM)

My prayer for all of those who love Christ is to take it and read!

Sincerely Joanne Utke

The Life of Man —To Know and Love God 

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.

So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20) Strengthened by this mission, the apostles “went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.” (Mk 16:20)

Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer. (Cf. Acts 2:42)

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Jan 19, 2016

Is the New Age "Law of Attraction" compatible with Catholic teaching?

   Catholic Answers speaker and former New Age teacher Sharon Lee Giganti explains why the "Law of Attraction" can be dangerous, and how it is completely incompatible with the Catholic faith. Former New Thought "insider", Sharon Lee Giganti is committed to exposing the hidden dangers of the New Thought Movement and its' widely spreading philosophies. After suspecting that her New Age influence and teaching might have unwittingly played a part in such horrific tragedies as murder and suicide, Sharon finally realized how life threatening their occult methods could be, and returned to the Catholic Church.

Now a certified Catholic Catechist and postulant of The Holy Family Institute, Sharon's eye-witness testimony reveals the hazardous aspects of recent New Thought block-busters such as, "The Secret", "A Course in Miracles" and Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth"— and, in doing so, actually reinforces the saving Truths of our Catholic Faith.

More on Sharon and the new age deception at newagedeception.com


Author Rose Sweet talks about her life and what made her come home to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi

Jan 17, 2016

Knowledge is the Antidote to Vaccine Orthodoxy - NVIC Newsletter

Today, everybody knows somebody who was healthy, got vaccinated and was never healthy again, even though vaccine orthodoxy has declared vaccines are safe and effective. Read more and discover why knowledge is more important than ever.

 Very informative video for you to watch.

Knowledge is the Antidote to Vaccine Orthodoxy - NVIC Newsletter:

Jan 13, 2016

The Eucharist in the Bible | Catholic Answers

 Michael Barber is the Professor of Theology, Scripture and Catholic Thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He has his Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His dissertation was on the Historical Jesus and Sacramental Eschatology under the world famous scholar, Colin Brown. He has an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and received his B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University...
The Eucharist in the Bible

Plus check out my Eucharist in Scripture study guide.

I believe! Do you?

Jan 4, 2016

Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God Youth Minister - The Journey Home ...

    A must watch for anyone struggling with Catholic teaching on Mary, specifically the Immaculate Conception. Tim Staples not only offers his own conversion story, but a sound biblical defense of Catholic teaching. For more information on Mary click here to see my previous posts.

Jan 1, 2016

The One True Faith

The One True Faith Podcasts

The One True Faith is Saint Michael's Media's weekly television program which showcases the truths of the Catholic faith in a lively and exciting manner, presented by multiple Emmy-award winner Michael Voris. Michael tackles a single topic each week, explaining the Catholic faith in an exciting and engaging manner.

I really enjoy these audios. Just click on the link and get your ear buds and take a listen.