An Inspiring Christmas Pie from of Old

 Every Christmas I make an Apple Pandowdy. Everyone loves it. But sometimes I long for variety. As I was reflecting on this, I remembered an old recipe for a Chocolate Pecan Pie. Why not make this instead? And so I did, for our Neighborly Christmas Party.

Reflecting is good, isn’t it? Otherwise, we stay in the same old ruts, working like machines. Let’s make the rest of the season a time of reflection, of listening for new ideas, of waiting to hear the voice of God.


A Magic Christmas Tree

A Magic Christmas Tree

Chocolate Pecan Pie

You will need:

Pastry for one-crust pie                    ½ cup Evaporated Milk

1 ¼ cups light corn syrup                 3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup sugar                                        1 cup pecan halves

1 bar (4 oz.) sweet cooking chocolate



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare you favorite one layer pie crust.


  1. Heat corn syrup, sugar, chocolate and milk, stirring constantly just until chocolate melts.
  2. Stir in pecan halves.
  3. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes. (Center will appear soft).4.
  4. Cool several hours. If desired, decorate pie with spoonfuls of softened ice cream just before serving.
  5. If desired, you can double this recipe and pour the chocolate pecan mixture into a pastry-lined rectangular pan.



Food for Thought

As we enter the last week of the Christmas season, we face an evil, noisy world. We hear the wailing coming from the killing of the innocents, righthere in America. It’s reminiscent of King Herod’s ordering the slaughter of children when he heard a new King had been born.  We hear the noise of war everywhere and the noise of those who fear we are losing the liberties we  have so valued.

How we need the quiet reassurance of our Father-God to tell us that this will not last. How we need the light of Jesus Christ to guide us through our days, to show us what He wants us to be for Him in the midst of chaos.

Thomas Merton describes the true identity that he seeks in contemplative prayer as a “point vierge” at the center of his being, “a point untouched by illusion, a point of pure truth. . .which belongs entirely to God.”

Learning to contemplate in silence, to move from our brains down to our hearts, into a centering silence where we can hear the truth in the voice of God can be the beginning of healing and hope.

Prayer is attention, awareness, intense inward openness to God.

May we each make time for such prayer and reflection, for silent times carved out of the din, that enable us hear God guiding us into wisdom.                                                              [RuthAnn]

The Purity and Truth God brings

The Purity and Truth God brings

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