Also, this one, Saint Maximus
One of the reasons he was so effective was that he kept things simple. For instance, he spoke of the importance of prayer, but he focused on the essentials: he stressed the value of praising God each day..., making sure to take some time to pray in the morning and the evening ..., and never neglecting to thank God before and after each meal. He also encouraged the frequent use of the Sign of the Cross, even before every activity. It’s a simple prayer ... by which, the saint explained, “a blessing is assured us in all things.”
I like that -- simple is good! -- but I'm rambling -- we have visitors here right now and this evening we had homemade pepperoni pizza, and a banana cake with cream cheese frosting -- turned out pretty well considering it was the first time I'd tried the recipe.
Happy birthday Brendan!
(and RIP Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, two icons of my generation. Which probably dates me! I hadn't known Farrah Fawcett was a Catholic until I heard that she had received the last rites a couple of days ago).