August 13: Saints Pontian and Hippolytus “Coal”

If you’re like me, you may know very little about these two guys. But here’s 4 things to start with:

1. Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. To honor them and to see the sweetness in such martyrdom, we’ll have coal for dessert tonight.

2. Pontian had been pope for five years; Hippolytus was an anti-pope for 18.

3. Pontian is a reminder of what separates Christianity and its martyrs: its leader died for the Church. Hippolytus is the only anti-pope to ever become a canonized saint.

4. In spite of their differences, they died reconciled in prison.

1 tip for this recipe:

1. Lately, my patient help-mate has made the polite request that we not be stuck with too much dessert (understandly). Cut the recipe in half by using 4 ounces of cream cheese and half the oreos! (Warning: it still makes a lot).

1 package of oreos
8 ounces cream cheese


1. In a food processor, pulse oreo cookies. Add in softened cream cheese and blend until the two are combined.

2. Form into clumps of coal.

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus, pray for us!

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