I do not believe in coincidences. I believe in signs and miracles.
As my friend you are probably going through the same thing I’m going through. I call it isolation anxiety. I miss all of you. I am changing and becoming a better man. I am not running around as much. I’m dreaming not to sleep but to change the world starting with myself.
It looks to me that Lent will be a lot longer this year and Easter in church will be latter than April 12th. We have never given up more for Lent ... our friends, some of our jobs, our social life, our schools, some of our money etc. This has given us time and energy to pray, think seriously, read, be closer to our family and God, This is what Lent was suppose to be about. Refocus. Remember someday all these material things will pass away. When will our true Easter come, not April 12th, or the end of the Covid-19, but when we go to heaven. Just as Christ lived and died and rose again, so will you and so will I.
What is good about these days for me is praying. I have few distractions. The more we get close to God the closer we are to one another.
Think Christmas. Today is the feast of The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of God. Nine months from now will be Christmas. How will we look back on these days. Will this time be a new life for us. Will we try to bring God Into our world as Mary did? Let’s try to say YES as she did.
If we are struggling think of others who do not have what we have ...... God and each other. ‘When I beweep my outcast state, and look upon myself and curse my fate, Haply I think of thee (and God), then my state like a lark at break of day arising from sullen earth sings hymns at heaven’s gate; For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings that then I scorn to change my state with kings .’ Sonnet 29. Shakespeare
Have a Fireside Chat. From 1933 to 1945 President Franklin Roosevelt spoke on the radio to over half the American people to calm their fears and give them hope. It was the time of the Great Depression and WW2. We are in an economic difficulty and a war against Covid-19. Why not set down with your family and address their fears and concerns. Light a candle. Say a prayer. Read the Bible especially the Psalms and the New Testament. Pray a Hail Mary, an Our Father or the Rosary. This Sunday with the churches closed is a perfect reason to start this. Get closer to your family and God. Remind yourself and your family that we always have something to look forward to .....our true home in heaven. Our grandparents and some of us older ones parents came out of the depression and World War II and became The Greatest Generation. They made our county and churches great again. President Roosevelt said, " The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Jesus said it better, "Don't let your hearts be trouble. Trust in God,and trust in me." John 14:1-2
This sickness will change our lives forever. Make it a learning experience with a positive outcome. Make it work for the better. Our hope is in the Lord.