Welcome to Grain, Wine & Oil! I am Suzanne, a wife, mama and everything else that falls under those headings. Here I’ll share my thoughts surrounding the two tables of my life: the church and the home.

Grain, Wine & Oil has two meanings.  The more obvious meaning comes from the Old Testament, where grain, wine and oil illustrate God’s blessing.  “The Lord answered and said to his people, ‘Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied…'” (Joel 2:19a, RSV)  I am using the phrase in terms of the food we eat every day, given to us as a blessing by God. So there will be recipes, along with all manner of things related to the home.

Perhaps less obvious is the second meaning of this blog’s title.  Here grain, wine and oil also denote the sacramental life.  Grain is used to make bread, which in the Mass becomes the very Body of Christ, given to us in the Eucharist.  Likewise wine becomes the Precious Blood.  Oil is used in the sacraments of baptism, the anointing of the sick, confirmation and holy orders.  This table, the altar of the Church, is the first table, the primary table, of our family life.  By living the sacramental life myself, encouraging my husband in it, and with him leading our little ones into it we receive true nourishment.

As an aside…the very last thing I want to do with this blog is present myself, my marriage, our parenting or our children as having it all together or living some blissful, constantly joyful, carefree life.  We don’t and we aren’t.  But at these two tables we are fed and nourished so that each day we can get up and go forward.  I hope you will join us.


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