Echoes of the Mission, Ireland

Echoes of the Mission, Ireland

COVID – 19 QUARANTINE:    A VACATION WITH THE LORD

 

            The Community Quarantine implemented by the Republic of Ireland starting March 17, 2020 has been a “Vacation with the Lord” for us.

            During this time of Quarantine, when travelling were prohibited, when churches were closed, when usual routines were disturbed, when things we haven’t done before became obligatory, we were gradually redirected to a journey that is still ours but enhanced and creatively modified.  

          As sacristans in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception it is a privilege to serve and participate in the online Eucharistic celebrations, times of adoration, prayer of the Rosary and other spiritual activities that our Bishops and Parish Administrators organized.  Everyday, we bring a message of HOPE, LOVE and MERCY to our parishioners.   In faith, we connect and reach out to them.  

            In our convent, we continue to live our three hours of adoration.  We have enough time to rest and make our personal spiritual exercises.    After a month of living our reality, we noticed that an hour of adoration seems like a minute.   We realized that we are growing in our sensitivity and attentiveness to the reading of Scripture.  The events and characters become alive as we recognize our own story reflected in what we read. It also flows into our daily conversation.  Indeed, the Word of God is alive.  It nourishes our thoughts and feelings and sustains our desire to do good and serve our people. We can pray with Psalm 75: 1 saying, “We give thanks to you, O God, your name is near.” as we give thanks for this wonderful and powerful experience.

             We look forward, hopefully very soon,  when our Churches will re-open for the Eucharistic celebration with the faithful, and when we will gradually go back to our usual activities. Our vacation with God during the quarantine period will be our source of strength and courage to accept, adjust and adapt to the new normal that will be asked of us for the common good.  We will move on with joyful and grateful hearts because we have encountered the God of love and mercy.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God and believe also in me. “(John 14: 1) . “Those who believe will do what I do, even greater things” (John 14:12), “I will be with you always, to the end of the age”   (Mt 28:20).  These are words of encouragement as we continue our journey and proclaim Him in our prayer and ministry in the Church.   

Our Blessed Mother, who stood at the foot of the cross of her Son at Calvary, is our model of fortitude and perseverance in difficult moments.  She is our Mother and Guardian, and so we are not afraid. In our journey, we have a merciful and loving God and a caring Mother, who accompany us as we live our consecrated life in love and fidelity. We move forward in HOPE. 

 

 

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