I think it’s wonderful that there are as many ways to love and serve God, as many vocations, as there are people. Each one of us has a unique combination of gifts and passions that when combined make for a very special way to contribute in life. Today I heard about one of those unique vocations. Father Leo Patalinghug is both a chef and a priest, and that has lead to an interesting calling. I heard him on a radio show and he is is full of joy and spirit.
From his website, Grace Before Meals: “Father Leo is the Founder, Host, and Director of Grace Before Meals, an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationship through God's gift of a family meal. He is also establishing a non-profit organization called "The Table Foundation" with the mission to elevate culture and family life, one meal at a time. Along with his priestly duties, Fr. Leo is the host for the TV Show Savoring our Faith on EWTN, Co-Host for the radio show Entertaining Truth on Sirius XM Radio, bestselling author, contributor for newspaper and magazines, and rated as one of the best speakers for the New Evangelization. Fr. Leo has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, EWTN, and even the Food Network, where Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in a cooking competition called, "Throw Down! with Bobby Flay."
His message combines faithful Catholic theology presented in a way that everyone can understand and appreciate. Using his unique background as a chef, a 3rd degree Black Belt Martial Arts Teacher, and former award winning choreographer for a break dancing group, Fr. Leo's presentations, retreats, parish missions, and keynote talks have brought diverse audiences closer to the Lord's Table.“
He gives us such a wonderful example that when we strive to find our purpose in life, or calling, we need to look no further than in the mirror. What are our strengths? What are our hobbies? What do we read for fun? What do we watch on TV? What do we daydream about? Part of our mission on Earth is to use our gifts for the benefit of others. To work for something greater than ourselves.
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10