Please share your thoughts on how we can bring our families closer together and become better people during this once in a lifetime event.
From the Internet
“Child - "How old are you, Grandpa?"
Grandpa - "I'm 81, dear."
Child - "So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?"
Grandpa - "Yes, I was."
Child - "Wow. That must have been horrible, Grandpa. We were learning about that at school this week.
They told us about how all the schools had closed. And moms and dads couldn't go to work so didn't have as much money to do nice things.
They said that you weren't allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn't go out anywhere.
They told us that the shops and stores ran out of lots of things so you didn't have much bread, and flour, and toilet rolls.
They said that summer holidays were cancelled. And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very sick and who died.
They explained how hard all the doctors and nurses and all essential workers worked, and that lots of them died, too.
That must have been so horrible, grandpa!"
Grandpa - "Well, that is all correct.
And I know that because I read about it when I was older.
But to tell you the truth I remember it differently...
I remember playing in the garden for hours with mom and dad and having picnics outside and lots of bbqs.
I remember making things and fishing with my Dad and baking with my Mom.
I remember making forts and learning how to do hand stands and back flips. I remember having quality time with my family.
I remember Mom's favorite words becoming 'Hey, I've got an idea...'
Rather than 'Maybe later or tomorrow I'm a bit busy'.
I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having movie night three or four times a week instead of just one.
It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right.
But I remember it differently."
Remember how our children will remember these times.
Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.”
- Author unknown 💕
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Pope Francis ...
"I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Holy Father…I can’t leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me… How can I do that unless I find a priest?’
Do what the catechism says. It’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’
You will return to God’s grace immediately. By doing this You yourself can draw near, as the Catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, if there is no priest available."
Someone sent this to me on the internet and it gave me pause... something to think about for sure. Maybe today we can all reflect a little more on how we are going to use this opportunity to draw closer to God. If you are so inclined why not leave your thoughts in the comments so that others may benefit from them. If you stumble across something that can inspire us or challenge us to grow closer to each other and closer to God email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Have a good day
Words of Wisdom from one of our Parishioners ! What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments
God gives sufferings to those He loves. Suffering unites us to one another in a way joy cannot. It’s especially true when we all share a similar struggle. This situation can do more to heal our world than a thousand years of good times ever could.
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