I was watching an NPR clip on the 100th birthday of Julia Childs. Many virtues to extol. But I was struck by the importance of eating together. Christianity makes much of the eucharistic meal, but often it's reduced to a rote ritual. I've long said (though I fail at it as much as anyone) that any ordinary meal can be a place for deep spiritual friendship and meaning. For the believer, the divine is present in ordinary eating with love, care and awareness as much as in formal eucharist. So "buon appetito." --Eugene Bianchi


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