A good friend, a seasoned military officer, recently shared some information that gave me great pause. He mentioned there are certain recreational and motivational practices that are commonplace within the military yet quite contrary to the Catholic faith. I won’t get into the specifics, you can probably read between the lines. Our friend was deeply troubled and asked for our prayers.
Overtime he felt called by the Holy Spirit to speak up, so he brought his concerns to people in power. Much to his surprise, his commanding officer was receptive and helped changed the dynamics.Â Sometimes you just need that one drop to create the ripple.
That’s why I think ministries such asÂ Frontline FaithÂ areÂ critical. Have you heard about this?Â The organization sends .mp3 players pre-loaded with prayers, inspirational talks, and much more to our spiritually-starved soldiers overseas. It is currently reported that two-thirds of our soldiers overseas consider themselves Catholic or Evangelical Christian, and Frontline Faith has a different .mp3 player for each. Head over to the website to learn more!
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Itâ€™s become somewhat of an Independence Day tradition in our neighborhood to “house hop” with a few neighbors. Think of a progressive dinner, just modified a bit — backyards, lawn chairs, inflatable water slides, grills, etc. We start at one house for appetizers, head to another for grilling, and end up at yet another for dessert. Kid friendly, good drinks, great food, fellowship — it’s a fun tradition.
And the icing on the cake to our house hopping neighborhood party is we don’t have to go anywhere or fight traffic to watch fireworks. A great show can be seen from all of our backyard decks. If we ever place our house on the market, you can be sure “Watch fireworks from deck!” will be listed as a bonus on the seller sheet!
What are your Independence Day traditions?
I made “garbage dip” for the party and promised my neighbors I would post the recipe. This is a new favorite brought into my family by way of my sister-in-law Amanda. I think it’s called garbage dip because you just keep throwing ingredientsÂ into the bowl until you achieve your desired consistency/taste.
Rather than list outÂ quantities, the picture below shows how much I used of each item. The only thing missing is the tortilla chips. Every time I make this, it’s a party hit. Every time.Â Have fun “garbaging.”
Our daughter Lucy loves to cook and had been begging to bake something for several days. I found aÂ recipeÂ forÂ sparkler cupcakesÂ and thought she would enjoy making them for the party. She did (so did I), and they were a hit! One modification I highlyÂ recommendÂ — the recipe calls for the sparklers to be made from candy coating disks. When we couldn’t find them in our local grocery store, the bakery manager convinced us to use almond bark instead. Do it!
For those keeping track, Lucy is now 3 years and 10 months old. Our little big man Jude is 5 months (wearing 12 months clothes!). Fun ages for both.
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