Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saint Sunday: Saint Uguzo

Today’s saint is a Saint that is dear to my heart, it is Saint Uguzo.  Saint Uguzo was a poor servant and shepherd who lived in Cavargna which is in the province of Como in Lombardia on the Italian and Swiss border.  St. Uguzo was an extremely altruistic man saving every penny and giving it to the needy families in the province.  St. Uguzo’s master prospered while St. Uguzo worked there, but became extremely jealous of St. Uguzo; he accused him of giving away his master’s money and his master’s land.  St. Uguzo master drove him away from the property and his land went foul and his sheep stopped producing milk.  St Uguzo ever being a humble shepherd still continued to help the needy and was admired by the community.  His jealous master killed St. Uguzo, hoping that would change his fortune; but instead St Uguzo’s love and reputation lived on

St Uguzo is the Patron Saint of:  The Poor, The Hungry: Those who help and feed the poor, and Cheesemakers.

When doing ritual to him use a simple white candle and offer a peice of bread and milk.

Prayer to St Uguzo for those in need

Holy Saint Uguzo bless these humble offerings
Multiply these offerings so I may help others in need.
My offerings like you are humble and honest
Holy Saint Uguzo pray that there is always food on my table, with always a plate to share.
From this one peice of bread make it two, one for my family and one to share
From the coin in my pocket, make it two one for my family and one to share.

(Remember always give back to those who are in need, if you don’t then like the greedy master your prayers will go foul.)

Saint Uguzo’s Feast Day is July 12

On his feast day bring food either to a food pantry or to another friend who needs help or a pick me up.

Farmer’s Cheese Bread
1 room temperature Eggs
⅓ cup oil
⅔ cups of milk
1 ½ cups self rising flour
½ cup Farmer’s Cheese
1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients till smooth and then place in  a well greased muffin tin.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Bake in oven for 15 - 20 minutes until they puff up and brown at the top.  Top with melted butter and let it brown on the top and then pull it out and let it cool on a cooling rack and then serve and share.

This is one of my Grandmother’s Favorite

Balbina’ s Baked Farmer’s Cheese

8 oz Farmer’s Cheese
2 eggs
⅓ cup Honey
1 egg for egg wash

Mix the Farmer’s Cheese, eggs and honey, form it into a loaf place on a pan and preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Once in a loaf, use egg wash so it gets a golden crusty outside.  Cook in the oven for 60 minutes until firm, let it cool for 15 minutes.  Then share with a friend.  Serves well with a sweet red table wine, my favorite is a Tennessee Wine Davenport Red

Remember in the hard times that we are living that we should live like St. Uguzo.  People are not stepping stones, people are blessed spirits each with a story and a journey.  Help your neighbor and you will both prosper, become greedy and you both will be hungry.  Hungry of the stomach, but even worse Hungry of the soul.   The only way we are going to make it in this world is hand in hand.  We a people of Blessed Divine, let us rise up and act like it Ase Papa O

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