Introducing COVID-19. People are experiencing isolation, strict guidelines, missing loved ones, even death.
It seems to be going on for so long, cabin fever, protest against Civil Liberties being challenged or being taken away. But there comes a moment in my thought process, “Okay,” I am ready to put things in motion. So today I said to my husband, let’s have a few people over from our circle of friends in the church for Turkey Tacos! Although it’s not a large group, these are friends who need to know that things are going to be okay, and the new norm is beginning. So, we invited 6 people who have been doing all the right things to keep safe, and they are ready to socialize again, with caution.
The joy is uplifting already as the response to the invite came quickly.
I trust in God, (having gone through cancer twice in my life). However, I trust that if we do our part, God will do His part, and so the menu is: Turkey Tacos, Chips, Salsa, Spanish Rice, Beans, homemade Tortillas, and best of all “Spirits for the Soul! I took the following from a great book called “Drinking with The Saints” a Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley: A Great Book!
April 25th St. Mark (Quoted from the Book)
St. Mark the Evangelist is traditionally believed to have been a disciple of St Peter, who’s memories of Our Lord, Mark recorded in his Gospel. Many also conjecture that Mark is referring to himself when he mentions the man who fled naked from the Garden of Gethsemane. Mark eventually journeyed to Alexandria to spread the faith, where he was martyred by being dragged through the streets.
Because St. Mark’s Day is associated with a particular legend about Pope St. Gregory the Great, it has become an occasion for eating cherries, drinking them. So, here is the Recipe for the Spirit of today:
¾ oz. of gin
¾ oz. dry vermouth
½ oz. cherry liqueur (e.g. Cherry Herring)
½ oz. grisaille (red currant) syrup, or grenadine.
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktail glass.
So put away the fear, be Prudent and Wise, and have Hope!
May St. Mark the Lion plant the faith firmly in our hearts, and as St. John Paull II often said “Be Not Afraid”