A Prayer for those Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion on all who through addiction to drugs or alcohol have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

…from ECUSA, adapted.

Use Those Chopped Tomatoes!

We are often given tins of chopped tomatoes that our guests who come to us for help are at something of a loss to use. With only a few other ingredients, a cheap meal can be prepared to feed up to three adults using this most humble and inexpensive product.


Splash some cooking oil in a pan.

Fry a finely cut onion until soft – not burnt. Brown any kind of meat, if you have it.

Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and the “extras” below.

Serve piping hot with rice, pasta or cous cous as appropriate.


Mexican: Add a couple of squares of chocolate, some cumin, and chili powder to taste. A drained tin of kidney beans may be added.

Italian: Add some sugar, some basil and some oregano. Some inexpensive tomato paste (usually in a tube) will help to thicken the sauce. A drained tin of berlotti or broad white beans may be added.

Indian: Add curry powder to taste and some cumin. A drained tin of chick peas may be added.

Spanish: Add some paprika. A drained tin of sweet corn may be added.

Middle Eastern: Add some cinnamon and some cumin. A drained tin of chick peas may be added.

Eat well and inexpensively. ENJOY!