Daniel Fachting

Taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by the new rules that are in place for our communities could help most of us. While we are told to wear masks while in public, along with physical distancing, we have many opportunities that are presenting themselves. One of the best is the time we now have to call or text people we care about. So, a family reunion or class reunion has been canceled. Why not call those folks to play catch-up? Many people are ordering their groceries on-line along with many of the other items they need. Doctor’s appointments are so much more convenient with telehealth. I can now counsel people at long distances by using the telephone. I am sure you can think of many other opportunities you would not have if not for the rules.

Even our churches are presenting new opportunities for us as we work our way through this episode of new rules. While we are wearing mask and sanitizing in church, we are also afforded the opportunity to attend mass every day. Afraid of COVID-19 at Sunday services? Why not go to mass during the week when there are fewer people and its easier to physically distance? Perhaps you can enjoy mass every day on TV or your computer? While spiritual communion is not physically receiving the eucharist it is a great way to once again receive Jesus into your life and give yourself to him, every day.  

Rather than relying on teachers to present the faith to your children, why not teach them yourself? You can find a lot of good materials on the internet or just call the church office and they can provide everything you need. How about reading the scriptures every day and taking a few minutes to let them speak to you? How about leading your family in evening prayer or morning prayer or praying the rosary together? Being unemployed affords many mothers and fathers great times with their children.  

My wife says that if you want to have great memories, you have to make them happen. How right she is. When will we have a greater opportunity to have great times with the people we love? My wish for you is that you take advantage of this time of crisis to build better relationships with those you love and with God. Take the time to do stuff together. These truly are the good old days that we will talk about in the future. “Remember when…?”

“May the Lord bless and keep you.  May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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