March 18, 2021
A year ago, when we began our Lenten journey, coronavirus and social distancing were not in our lexicon. Face coverings and hand sanitizers were deemed hospital tools, not daily accessories. Then came lockdown, and our lives were literally turned on their ends, sucked into a pandemic vortex of medical, social, emotional and economic upheaval. Our faith would be tested in ways we could never have foreseen.
But, as people of faith, we accepted the challenges before us. Families confined together at home talked to each other more. They listened more. Goals were set and projects completed. We came to appreciate the little things we missed so much, like coffee after Mass, lunch with a friend or Sunday supper with Grandma.
We engaged in contemplation and action. We prayed for the sick and essential workers. We prayed for a vaccine. We worked from home if we could. We worshipped together online. Children and teachers adapted to virtual instruction and learning. We wore facemasks and social distanced. We supported small businesses and did what was necessary to make sure our neighbors were safe, sheltered and fed. But COVID-19 was relentless.Read More